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What a Swiss Surprise!

Financial MarketsGlobal EconomyMoney and Banking

 A surprise move from Switzerland’s central bank (SNB) sent stock markets into panic today. In just a few minutes, the value of the Swiss franc rose by 30 percent, FTSE 300 dropped by 2 percent, Wall Street futures turned negative, and the recent feeble rise in commodity prices was reversed....

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Eurozone Craves More Inflation

Financial MarketsBusiness CyclesMoney and Banking

As of this week, when Eurozone price inflation reached negative levels, ECB's Mario Draghi decided to throw caution to the wind and brace “for further measures, which could, if needed, be implemented in a timely manner”. Estimates for the European QE program are around €500 billion, but the...

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The Remains of the Ruble

Financial MarketsGlobal EconomyMoney and Banking

In January 2014, 33 Russian rubles exchanged for 1 dollar. In December 2014, the amount has more than doubled, reaching 77.2 rubles per dollar. At the bottom of it lie the actions of the Bank of Russia. 

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Jim Grant: What the Fed Calls Deflation is Actually Progress

The FedFinancial MarketsMoney and BanksCalculation and KnowledgePrices

Jim Grant recently appeared on Yahoo Finance and criticized central bankers and economists who fear deflation.
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Jeff Deist on the Weekend Edition of PTR

Financial MarketsFree Markets


In case you missed it live, here's is the archived interview with Jeff Deist on Power Trading Radio from November 21.

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Bail-Ins Go Global

Big GovernmentBooms and BustsFinancial MarketsMoney and BanksBusiness CyclesMoney and Banking


G-20 nations rubber-stamp plans to have you bail out the too-big-to-fail banks.

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Skyscraper Curse Update

Booms and BustsFinancial MarketsGlobal EconomyBusiness Cycles


One World Trade Center recently opened in the wake of the October stock market seizure. Many more ultra skyscrapers will open in 2015 or will be under construction. What does this portend for economic bubble and the economy?

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QE’s Seeds are Already Sown

The FedFinancial Markets


The Federal Reserve has finally ended its quantitative easing programs. Since the financial crisis of 2008, the Fed has pursued what seemed like an endless...

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