Booms and Busts

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What Was Quicken Loans Thinking?

Booms and BustsBusiness Cycles


Apparently Quicken Loans is thinking like John Maynard Keynes and Paul Krugman. They can create their own bubble and multiplier effect. It's magic!

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Barron's Is Talking Skyscraper Curse

Booms and BustsGlobal EconomyMoney and BanksU.S. EconomyBusiness CyclesMoney and Banking


Barron's is writing about skyscrapers and the Skyscraper Curse. They also quote me on the subject.

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The Big Short

Booms and BustsCorporate WelfareThe FedFinancial MarketsMedia and Culture


The Big Short is a pretty good movie, but there are a few things it leaves out.

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Switzerland to Vote on 100% Reserve Banking

Booms and BustsBusiness CyclesMoney and Banking


The signatures have been collected and submitted paving the way for a vote to establish 100% reserve banking in Switzerland.

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The Fed Can Do Real Damage Without Even Trying

Booms and BustsThe FedBusiness CyclesCalculation and Knowledge


Whatever the Fed imagines they can control and whatever their real intentions are, a central authority cannot optimally set prices that are in line with people’s preferences. This is especially important for interest rates, which have far-reaching influence...

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The Diabolical Side of ZIRP

Booms and BustsThe FedMoney and BanksBusiness CyclesMoney and BankingPrices


ZIRP has created massive asset bubbles throughout the world economy, but also has a diabolical impact on ordinary people who are largely disconnected to the bubbles.

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Are Entrepreneurs Naturally Talented, or Just Hard Workers?

Booms and BustsThe EntrepreneurEntrepreneurship


It's the age-old question: is success the result of natural talent or simply hard work? This problem is especially important for entrepreneurs.

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A Behind the Scenes Look at the November Jobs Report

Big GovernmentBooms and BustsThe Fed


Today's BLS employment data release may not be as "solid" as the media are reporting.

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Yellen on Negative Interest Rates

Booms and BustsThe Fed

In Janet Yellen's Q&A with the House Financial Services Committee, Rep. Tom Emmer asked about the possibility and consequences of negative interest rates.

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There’s More to Money than Hyperinflation

Booms and BustsMoney and BanksBusiness Cycles

It’s common to paint Austrians as doom-and-gloom prophets of economic collapse, with little to offer besides paranoid predictions of hyperinflations and monetary collapses lurking around every corner.

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