Capital and Interest Theory

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Payday Lending, RIP

Capital and Interest TheoryInterventionismMoney and Banking

Blog05/15/2008

Ohio has effectively shut the door on payday lending. The state legislature — a bunch of nanny do-gooders — recognized the seen: the closing of 1,...

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Show Trial Planned for Energy Markets

Financial MarketsCapital and Interest Theory

Blog05/12/2008

The US House of Representatives will hold hearings on energy markets trying to determine who is causing oil prices to rise. The anti-market investigation will blame hedge funds...

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How profitable is big oil?

Capital and Interest TheoryValue and Exchange

Blog05/06/2008

In the context of the recent spike in oil prices, this clip from Glenn Beck show might be of interest to some. Particularly noteworthy is the fact that the oil industry has been facing a thirty years [sic] moratorium on exploring new fields within the United States. According to the president of...

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Wesbury and the Austrians

The FedCapital and Interest TheoryInterventionism

Blog04/30/2008

Brian Wesbury, chief economist at First Trust Advisors, offers in the WSJ an Austrian-sounding explanation of why (though I'm not sure of this "natural-rate = nominal GDP growth" stuff):...

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Never Enough Inflation, says McCain

Capital and Interest TheoryInterventionism

Blog02/18/2008

McCain says that Bernanke hasn't lower rates fast enough, as quoted by Bloomberg. The story adds that McCain "supports mandatory limits on greenhouse gas emissions through a cap-and-trade...

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Deflation and Rumination

Money and BanksCapital and Interest TheoryMoney and Banking

Blog12/25/2007

Please alert your loved ones about the coming price deflation. Assuming that mainstream economists are correct, tomorrow's sales signal the beginning of the end...

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The slow, systematic destruction of the dollar's purchasing power

Money and BanksCapital and Interest Theory

Blog12/16/2007

It's interesting to look the producer price index and consider how extreme and relentless are price increases over time, and it strikes me that the lack of public outcry about this must represent some sort of price-trend acculturation that has taken place. We have come to expect it, the way...

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Another Reason to Reform Patent Law: Touch Off A Recession!

Booms and BustsCapital and Interest TheoryPhilosophy and Methodology

Blog12/14/2007

And here I thought recessions and the business cycle had something to do with state manipulation of the money supply. Now we have a new culprit: Patent Reform. So here's the deal. There's increasingly hyperbolic...

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