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Monthly Archives June 2011

What is Bitcoin?

June 29, 2011
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The bitcoin phenomenon has attracted quite a lot of attention lately. It has been discussed in many blogs and media websites. But what are they? Are they really money? Can they replace actual monetary institutions? Who issues and manages the bitcoins? Does the regression theorem hold, and if so how? What the bitcoins are, and […]

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Greece and the Lost Opportunity of the Euro

June 23, 2011
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With the financial crisis affecting the United States and Europe, here and there are comments and concerns on what could happen with the dollar, the euro and even the international monetary order. With politicians and economists warning that the financial crisis can become the worst economic situation since the Great Depression, this concerns comes with […]

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A Bit of Sound Money: BTC & FRB

Posted by Gonzalo Schwarz
June 21, 2011
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In the argument between proponents of fractional reserve and 100% reserve banking, it often comes down to a moral argument with the Full Reservers usually charging that fractional reserve banking (FRB) is inherently fraudulent because it is placing two full, separate claims on the same item, i.e. a piece of purchasing power*. The Fractional Reservers […]

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You’re Pre-Approved! (Tim Geithner’s junk mail)

Posted by Tyler Watts
June 20, 2011
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It goes without saying that finances are tight for many Americans these days. The problem is not only affecting American families at all income levels, but the mighty US government. For a sampling of our government’s fiscal woes, check out this (hypothetical) junk mailer recently found in the inbox at the US Treasury. What is […]

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A Bit of Sound Money: Can Trust Be Centrally Planned?

Posted by Gonzalo Schwarz
June 17, 2011
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Bitcoins (BTC) have found their way into the news recently, largely as a result of their association with the underground economy via the “Silk Road: Anonymous Marketplace,” and are very much worth examining in a forum dedicated to sound money. They are a completely decentralized, mostly anonymous, and very interesting new attempt to take on the […]

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Two Problems with Price Level Stability

June 16, 2011
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Price stability has become the main concern of central banks around the world. Both, inflation and deflation, are considered bad outcomes. But because deflation is considered to be worst than inflation, it became practice to prefer to err to the side of inflation to be sure we avoid deflation. If price stability (low inflation) is […]

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Gold Standard 2012?

Posted by admin
June 16, 2011
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“A veteran conservative movement figure said today his group is launching a television ad and retail campaign in Iowa aimed at drumming up grassroots interest in a return to the gold standard… Arguments over the gold standard date back more than a century, and their ideological charge is linked in part to the fact that […]

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It is time to read Juan de Mariana again

Posted by Alex Chafuen
June 14, 2011
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In the early seventeenth century, Juan de Mariana wrote a great treatise on money. He understood that currency debasement threatened the entire economic order of the kingdom. Property rights, the ability to trade goods and services, fair wages–all these things require stable currency as Mariana notes: “No individual has the right to expect that the […]

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The Effect of Deposit Insurance on the Good Bank and the Bad Bank

June 9, 2011
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Deposit insurance, it is argued, is needed to cope with inherent fragility of banking and money market. To avoid panics, or financial crisis, a safety net on the system is required. Of course, such safety, is not free. There are not only direct economic costs, there are also indirect economic costs associated with the problem […]

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Inflation: Fact or Fear?

Posted by Tyler Watts
June 6, 2011
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Chicago Tribune columnist Steve Chapman claims that fears of coming inflation are “unfounded.” His main arguments: Gold has been rising since 2000, while CPI inflation averaged under 3% per year since then—suggesting gold has been a poor predictor of inflation. Price increases for other commodities are driven largely by surging demand from developing countries (this […]

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Private Clearing House Associations versus Central Banks

June 2, 2011
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A relevant figure in a free banking scenario is that of the private clearing house association (CHA). The CHA facilitates clearing services among its members, supplies some regulation to the market and eventually it may become a lender of last resort. Isn’t the case, then, that the invisible hand that operates under free banking will […]

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