Saturday, 03 December 2016

Commentary

Commentaries by Atlas staff and those associated with the Sound Money Project.

34th Cato Monetary Conference: Central Banks and Financial Turmoil

November 23, 2016

This piece originally appeared in Alt-M By Ari Blask  More than two hundred people came to Cato last Thursday, November 17th, for the 34th Annual Monetary Conference. Four panels and two keynote speakers covered “Central Banks and Financial Turmoil,” the theme of this year’s conference. In his introduction, CMFA’s James Dorn laid out some of the […]

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Monetary debates

Posted by Jerry Jordan
November 14, 2016

In recent decades, the “big debate” among monetary economists and policy makers was “Rules versus Discretion.”  That debate accepted that the various tools/instruments available to monetary policymakers are well known.  Implicit is that the linkages between open market operations of the central bank’s trading desk and the objectives of monetary policies have been defined and […]

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The asymmetry of central bank power

November 10, 2016

For some time now, a lot of attention has been put on the Federal Reserve’s decision on whether or not to increase the federal funds rate target or to leave it unchanged at its current level. The health of the U.S. economy (and a significant part of the world economy) seems to depend whether or not the […]

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Op-ed: On November 8th, I’m voting for our next Fed Chair

November 4, 2016

This piece originally appeared in the Daily Caller With just days until the conclusion of one of our history’s most polarizing presidential election cycles, it’s hard for a proponent of a free-society to be truly excited. But while it may be difficult to accurately predict what a Clinton or a Trump presidency might look like, […]

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The price of time and the price of money

November 2, 2016

When discussing the market for money balances, many reputable macroeconomics and money and banking textbooks say that the price of money is the interest rate.  This ‘liquidity preference’ theory is misguided.  The kernel of truth therein is that, in holding higher money balances, an individual is forsaking earning a nominal rate of return on assets […]

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The end of cash?

Posted by Scott Burns
October 25, 2016

Follow the money… Why are we still using cash? Given the rapid advances we’ve enjoyed in digital payment technology thanks to debit and credit cards and apps like PayPal, Apple Pay and Venmo, many economists are puzzled that cash hasn’t already begun going the way of the dodo. But what’s even more puzzling – and […]

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