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Democrats, Avoid The Deficit Trap

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 11.28.2016 | Politics
Amitai Etzioni

The Democrats have responded to Republican criticism that they are burdening future generations with debt by making great effort to reduce deficits; this often entailed capping social expenditures.

Letter to a Trump Supporter #9: Donald Trump's Character

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 11.08.2016 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

This is the ninth and last in my series of "Letters to a Trump Supporter," from correspondence with a family friend who supports Mr. Trump. Yesterday...

The Presidential Paradox: Winning In 2016 Means Losing In 2020

Timothy J. Barnett | Posted 11.07.2016 | Politics
Timothy J. Barnett

Whichever party wins the White House in 2016 could find itself unable to make good on its vision and promises, reaping a whirlwind of difficulties instead.

Will Your Retirement Savings Withstand Rising Inflation Rates?

Beau Henderson | Posted 08.23.2016 | Fifty
Beau Henderson

Inflation can significantly affect your retirement savings. While you are working, inflation is often offset by salary adjustments, such as cost of living increases and performance raises. But in retirement, you don't have these same gains to account for inflation, making it difficult to maintain the standard of living you desire.

New Statistics Show Climbing British Inflation Post-Brexit

Quartz | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 08.17.2016 | World

After the UK voted to leave the European Union in June, the pound promptly had its worst day in history against other major currencies. (Yes, ever.) A...

Brexit: What Cometh Now?

Shohini Kundu | Posted 07.13.2016 | World
Shohini Kundu

One camp believes that as the UK retreats within its domestic borders, there will be a flight of capital to larger safe-haven economies, driving down the British sterling, and thereby increasing the cost of imports.

When Owning Gold Was Illegal in America: And Why It Could Be Again

Steve Mariotti | Posted 06.27.2016 | Politics
Steve Mariotti

(source) In 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected president of the United States by promising to end the Great Depression, which had driven the na...

Nigeria's Floating (Read: Sinking) Naira

Steve H. Hanke | Posted 06.22.2016 | World
Steve H. Hanke

On Monday afternoon, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) ended the Nigerian naira's sixteen-month peg to the U.S. dollar, sending the naira into a freef...

Meaningless Monday - Making America Great Again

Phil Davis | Posted 06.13.2016 | Business
Phil Davis

Monday again? Come on people, let's lobby our useless Congress to make all Monday's National Holidays. A 4-day work-week would also make sense. ...

When Experts Get Stunned: Fed Tightening Cycle May Stimulate Inflation

Timothy J. Barnett | Posted 06.10.2016 | Politics
Timothy J. Barnett

The Federal Reserve's core guiding belief is that economic stimulus boosts economic growth, thus increasing employment opportunities, payrolls, tax revenues, corporate profits, retirement security and Wall Street wealth.

The IMF's Feeding the Press Unreliable Inflation Figures on Venezuela

Steve H. Hanke | Posted 06.06.2016 | Business
Steve H. Hanke

I have been saving bits of misreported statistical string about Venezuela's inflation over the past couple of months, and it has become a giant ball. ...

Zimbabwe's Hyperinflation: The Correct Number Is 89 Sextillion Percent

Steve H. Hanke | Posted 06.03.2016 | World
Steve H. Hanke

Most press reports about Zimbabwe's fantastic hyperinflation are off the mark - way off the mark. Even our most trusted news sources fail to get the f...

Easy Money and the Fed's War on the Middle Class

Timothy J. Barnett | Posted 06.01.2016 | Politics
Timothy J. Barnett

As a high level organization that manipulates monetary apparatuses, the Fed merely feigns concern about inflation as a theoretical risk.

Rising Prescription Pricing Has Dire Consequences

Lisa Chau | Posted 05.27.2016 | Healthy Living
Lisa Chau

The relentless hyperinflation of drug prices needs to end, but it won't happen without major changes in policy. Some actions or proposals have included (but are definitely not limited to):

Nigeria's Growing Economic Troubles

Steve H. Hanke | Posted 05.22.2016 | Business
Steve H. Hanke

On May 20th, the Financial Times reported the surprising contraction recorded in Nigeria's economy. The first negative year-over-year quarter for GDP ...

Two Percent Unemployment

Paul A. London | Posted 05.20.2016 | Business
Paul A. London

Real full employment would be better than a hundred government programs for working people. Many of them, and especially white men, are angry because ...

Why Venezuela Is on the Verge of Actual Collapse

Kicker | Posted 05.20.2016 | Politics

It looks so peaceful, and yet... (kizeme/Flickr) Ah, Venezuela. A sunny and picturesque country at the top of South America with swaths of oil reserv...

Why So Little Inflation?

Harlan Green | Posted 05.18.2016 | Business
Harlan Green

Where's the inflation? It is barely rising, as consumers still wait for bargains before they decide to buy. The overall Consumer Price Index in April rose just 1.1 percent, and is up 2.1 percent less food and energy prices, which have been falling this year.

The IMF Predicts a Collapse of Venezuela's Bolivar

Steve H. Hanke | Posted 05.16.2016 | Business
Steve H. Hanke

In January, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) told us that Venezuela's annual inflation rate would hit 720 percent by the end of the year. The IMF...

On Trump's Call for the US to Be More Like the Weimar Republic

Larry Harris Jr. | Posted 05.11.2016 | Politics
Larry Harris Jr.

Trump supporters would be wise to consider the possibility that he does not actually have access to a hidden room full of brilliant minds. He is what he is. Take this campaign at face value. Trump flip flops. Trump insults.

Brazil At the Crossroads

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 04.27.2016 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Brazil is at a crossroads. The country retains its tremendous potential. But to reach it, it must pick the right fork in the road.

The Great Gold Conspiracy

Janet Tavakoli | Posted 04.26.2016 | Business
Janet Tavakoli

Financial conspiracies are a USA tradition. I don't mean stories pushed by anonymous commenters who lurk on the internet, or people who send you poorly written emails from yahoo accounts. I refer to daily activity in the financial markets.

Gold is Touted as a Hedge Against Inflation... Har Har Har! | Posted 04.25.2016 | Fifty

I'll tell you what frosts me. A former head of the mint on TV telling unsuspecting victims that gold doesn't have volatility like the stock market. I...

Is U.S. Nearing Full Employment?

Harlan Green | Posted 04.08.2016 | Business
Harlan Green

Are we nearing full employment, and hence the higher inflation that always accompanies full employment? Not really, because wage growth is still stuck in the 2 percent range, and rising wages are the first sign of higher inflation and approaching full employment.

Behind the Curve?

Michael Farr | Posted 04.07.2016 | Business
Michael Farr

The best advice we can offer equity investors during the course of this transition is to stick with quality, balance-sheet strength and strong management teams. There will come a time to get more aggressive, but the wait may be longer than most think.