There is nothing magical about a 2% inflation target. Recognizing that is a much-needed first step toward better Fed policy.
Cash's usage in payments has been steadily declining as a percentage of all payments, especially in the developed world. Given the list of cash's advantages, it's probably worth the effort of protecting this grungy and unsexy payments option. But what can we do?
It’s the countries most open to the world’s plenty, including plenty produced in countries that allegedly “cheat” when it comes to trade, that are the most prosperous.
The Libra has the potential to mark the start of something because if widely used, it will open the eyes of the global population to a truth about money: it works best when its value is stable, plus it needn’t be a government creation.
If a government manages to undervalue its currency in terms of foreign currencies, it subsidizes the consumption of foreigners who purchase its country’s exports. And while gains are reaped by those of its citizens who work to supply goods for export, currency undervaluation makes most of that country’s citizens poorer.
To reduce inflation and keep the Argentine peso stable going forward, the Macri administration adopted an inflation-targeting regime. But, just 26 months after its implementation in September 2016, the inflation-targeting regime had failed. What went wrong?
Some claim that, over the last decade, tight monetary policy slowed down what would otherwise have been a rather speedy recovery. Can that possibly be right?
What does the Austrian theory of the trade cycle have to do with Gordon Ramsay? Plenty.
We rely on competitive markets to supply us with “correct” quantities of goods and services ranging in importance from chewing gum to industrial chemicals, and from pedicures to petroleum. So why do we not rely on competitive markets to supply us with the “correct” quantity of money?