Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Central Bank

What will stop the Fed?

Posted by Alex Chafuen
July 10, 2013

by Alex Chafuen Central Banks have been tools to destroy rule of law in many countries. “The most secretive organization in America operates without any accountability to the American people. Hiding in the shadows, pretending to be part of the United States government, its power is beyond measure.”  A new thriller by Brad Thor uses […]

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What Happens when Uncle Sam’s Sugar Daddy Runs out of Canes?

Posted by Tyler Watts
February 13, 2013

The Wall Street Journal’s Real Time Economics Blog recently reported that, according to new CBO projections, the Federal Reserve will cease its annual “payments” to the US government by 2018. You’re probably wondering two things: 1. Why the heck would the Fed be funding the government—shouldn’t it be the other way ‘round? 2. How the […]

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Turkey’s Gold Policy

Posted by Gonzalo Schwarz
January 29, 2013

by Adrian Ash AMID the brouhaha over Germany’s gold reserves at the Bundesbank, there’s another central bank using gold actively to bolster its currency and financial stability. The strategy looks the same – sitting on big stockpiles of the stuff. But the aim differs, because gold is much closer to the everyday financial system. The […]

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2012 Currency Rankings In Terms of Gold

Posted by Devin Roundtree
January 2, 2013

by Devin Roundtree Now that 2012 has come and gone, here are the 15 most traded currencies ranked by their performance against the yellow metal. Among the top performers, the New Zealand dollar and Swedish Krona should not come as a big surprise; the central banks of both countries have gained a reputation for relatively […]

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Is a Gold Standard Necessarily Vulnerable to Speculative Attacks?

Posted by Gonzalo Schwarz
December 18, 2012

   by Lawrence H. White My frequent co-author George Selgin (2012) finds it “more doubtful [today] than ever before that any government-sponsored and administered gold standard will be sufficiently credible to either be spared from or to withstand redemption runs.” He quotes James D. Hamilton (2005) to similar effect:  given that central banks the Treasuries […]

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Leszek Balcerowicz: The Anti-Bernanke

Posted by Gonzalo Schwarz
December 16, 2012

By MATTHEW KAMINSKI As an economic crisis manager, Leszek Balcerowicz has few peers. When communism fell in Europe, he pioneered “shock therapy” to slay hyperinflation and build a free market. In the late 1990s, he jammed a debt ceiling into his country’s constitution, handcuffing future free spenders. When he was central-bank governor from 2001 to 2007, […]

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