The Baring Crisis of 1890 is pointed out as the first modern international emerging financial crisis. The collapse of the banking system in Argentina came very close to triggering a financial crisis in London, the major international financial center.
Friday, December 2nd, 2011
Sunday, November 6th, 2011
"NEIN! But take all zee paper you wish..."
Saturday, October 29th, 2011
It is a common argument that the gold standard was one of the reasons of the Great Depression. The Federal Reserve, it is argued, was unable to follow an optimal monetary policy, with its hands tied with the gold standard regime. However, as Timberlake (2008, p.
Friday, September 2nd, 2011
Walter Grinder, that great educator, economist, thinker, and former Atlas trustee, alerted us to this article which can be a source of optimism for lovers of sound money: http://dailyreckoning.com/monetary-reform-the
Monday, August 22nd, 2011
Until recently, paper money advocates regarded those who pushed for letting the market choose gold or defining the monetary yardstick as a certain amount of gold as lunatics.
Thursday, August 11th, 2011
My late economic professor and mentor, Hans F. Sennholz, practiced what he preached. His example added to the strength of his classes. Forecasting the great weakening of paper money he invested in gold and silver. He had mixed feelings.
Wednesday, August 10th, 2011
When I was studying under Hans Sennholz, a student of Von Mises, our text book for monetary economics was Mises The Theory of Money and Credit.
Monday, July 18th, 2011
Article and photo originally found at The Telegraph, July 18, 2011, Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
Tuesday, July 12th, 2011
“In the absence of a gold standard, there is no way to protect savings from confiscation through inflation. There is no safe store of value. If there were, the government would have to make its holding illegal…”
Wednesday, May 25th, 2011
Merriam-Webster defines sovereignty as: a: supreme power, especially over a body politic; b: freedom from external control – autonomy; and, c: controlling influence. Sovereignty in the first sense, over a “body politic,” can seem to contradict sovereignty in the second two senses, however.
Tuesday, May 24th, 2011
"To begin, the national debt has provoked concern over the stability of US debt. Last month Standard and Poor’s revised its sovereign credit rating of the U.S. in the long-term from stable to negative. Last week the US reached its debt limit, which, justified or not, has perpetuated this anxiety.
Friday, May 20th, 2011
"After 1914, the gold standard was given up and in the 1920s countries unabashedly resorted to unbridled fiat money resulting in hyper-inflation in a number of European countries.