Saturday, 28 May 2016

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Blogging by friends of Atlas and others who concerned with the issues at hand.

Decline in the volatility of bitcoin

May 25, 2016

Bitcoin is widely considered a highly volatile asset. Both the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and National Association of Attorneys General have cited volatility as a significant risk of holding bitcoin. One might debate the extent to which volatility is a problem for routine users, but there is no denying that volatility has declined significantly. Eli […]

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Should Italians be crucified on a cross of euros?

Posted by Jerry Jordan
May 18, 2016

There is no doubt that ordinary Greeks feel that they have been financially crushed by the foreign-creditor-mandated austerity policies in recent years. The nation’s real output has been declining for several years and the rate of decline understates the contraction of real after-tax incomes of many Greek households. Nevertheless, even a left-wing Greek government has […]

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Monetary policies misunderstood

Posted by Steve H. Hanke
May 6, 2016

Ever since the U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed) began to consider raising the federal funds rate, which it eventually did in December 2015, a cottage industry has grown up around ­­­taper talk. Will the Fed raise rates, or won’t it? Each time a consensus congeals around the answer to that question, all the world’s markets either […]

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Polycentric banking and financial resilience

May 4, 2016

In my previous post, I argued that the institutions underlying laissez-faire banking systems, as approximated by historical cases in Scotland, Canada, and Sweden (among others) provided market actors the incentives and information necessary to maintain aggregate demand stability.  This also means a laissez-faire banking system does a good job of maintaining short-run macroeconomic stability, although this […]

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Austrian business cycle theory and the marginal entrepreneur

April 21, 2016

A few days ago Alexander W. Salter wrote an interesting post on the problem of optimal resource allocation during an Austrian business cycle. His argument is that the Austrian business cycle theory (ABCT) can be understood within “a framework of rational expectations and ‘equilibrium always’ modeling conventions.” The argument against the ABCT based on rational expectations is that if […]

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Helicopter money: dropping money from the sky?

Posted by Jerry Jordan
April 19, 2016

In the past few years, most major central banks have failed to achieve the higher rates of inflation they claim to want. They tried both “quantitative easing” and “zero-interest-rate policies” with no success. Now there are press reports that in Europe and Japan they are considering “helicopter money.” It is not as easy to give […]

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