The Sound Money Project was founded in January 2009 to conduct research and promote awareness about monetary stability and financial privacy. The project is comprised of leading academics and practitioners in money, banking, and macroeconomics. It offers regular commentary and in-depth analysis on monetary policy, alternative monetary systems, financial markets regulation, cryptocurrencies, and the history of monetary and macroeconomic thought. For the latest on sound money issues, subscribe to our working paper series and follow along on Twitter or Facebook.

Advisory Board: Steve H. Hanke, Jerry L. Jordan, Lawrence H. White
Director: William J. Luther
Senior Fellows: Nicolás Cachanosky, Gerald P. DwyerJoshua R. Hendrickson, Thomas L. Hogan, Gerald P. O’Driscoll, Jr., Alexander W. Salter
Fellows: James L. Caton, J.P. Koning

Nouriel Roubini – Return to the Abyss

– May 18, 2010

“If fiscal imbalances are not addressed through spending cuts and revenue increases, only two options remain: inflation for countries that borrow in their own currency and can monetize their deficits; or default for countries that borrow in a foreign c …

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Stephen Roach Calls for a New Monetary Policy Regime

– May 18, 2010

Stephen Roach, Chief Economist of Morgan Stanley, have been a critic of the Fed for many years. In a Financial Times op-ed he makes the case for exiting the current monetary policy regime once and for all: “it is high time to banish the moral hazard of …

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“Venezuela’s Monetary Mayhem”

– May 17, 2010

“Anchoring the currency to the dollar and thus outsourcing monetary policy to the U.S. Federal Reserve had been a success, but special interests and politicians could not bear that it robbed them of power. Venezuela is another place where the politicia …

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Fed Monetary Dissident Thomas Hoenig

– May 17, 2010

Thomas Hoenig, a voting member of the Fed’s interest rate decision body, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), has on several occasions expressed concerns about the direction of U.S. monetary policy. During the last year, he has been a lone voice o …

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Europe’s Freezing Money Markets

– May 17, 2010

“Money markets are showing rising levels of mistrust between Europe’s banks on concern an almost $1 trillion bailout package won’t prevent a sovereign debt default that might trigger a breakup of the euro.” “The cost to hedge against losses on European …

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Shining a Light on the Fed

– May 14, 2010

Much has been made recently of the plan to audit the Fed (here, here and here). It is a very interesting idea. Given the amount of money ($2 trillion) the Fed sent out in bailout loans, it makes sense that the taxpayers who funded it want to know where …

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Will Congress ever reform the Fed?

– May 13, 2010

“This week’s Senate floor votes on the powers of the Federal Reserve caught my attention. Despite Congress’s bipartisan lashing of the Fed for its performance before and after the financial crisis of 2008, the Fed this week defeated two challenges to i …

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Roche – Not the way to solve the debt crisis

– May 13, 2010

“the world is facing a major sovereign debt crisis that will squeeze economic growth and possibly deliver a series of debt default events down the road. Sovereign debt issuance is now sucking up 25 per cent of available world savings and that will sque …

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“Warning: Inflation May Be Harmful to Your Growth”

– May 13, 2010

“While few doubt that very high inflation is bad for growth, there is less agreement about the effects of moderate inflation. Using panel regressions and allowing for a nonlinear specification, this paper finds a statistically and economically signific …

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“The Relationship Between Inflation and the Budget Deficit in Turkey”

– May 13, 2010

“For Turkey, Metin (1995) analyzed inflation using a general framework of sectoral relationships and found that fiscal expansion was a determining factor for inflation. The excess demand for money affected inflation positively, but only in the short ru …

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“Calculating the Candy Price Index”

– May 13, 2010

“In this classroom experiment, students develop a price index based on candy-purchasing decisions made by members of their class. They use their index to practice calculationg inflation rates and to consider the strengths and weaknesses of the consumer …

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“Economic Calculation and Monetary Stability”

– May 13, 2010

“My thesis will be that monetarists, while their criticism ofthe Fed’sthesis will be that monetarists, while their criticism ofthe Fed’s expansionist history has been most welcome and has been instrumental in the struggle against inflation, do not go f …

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