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

Carmen Reinhart on Debt Crises

– May 12, 2010

University of Maryland economist Carmen Reinhart recently published a book with co-researcher Kennet Rogoff presenting several hundred years of data on financial crises. The title This Time Is Different alludes to the mentality that often develops duri …

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“Who got Fed money during financial crises?”

– May 12, 2010

“A Senate vote Tuesday left no doubt: Congress wants to know more about what the Federal Reserve was up to when its asset portfolio grew by more than $1 trillion during the financial crisis. What companies did the Fed help, and on what terms? The Senat …

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Paper Money and the shadow economy

– May 11, 2010

Last night I read several articles by Hernando de Soto and a few interviews on the financial crisis. He focused on the shadowy nature of derivatives. The success of the free enterprise system is based on clear property titles and respecting freedom to …

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“Euro Crisis Tests Germany’s Ability to Lead”

– May 11, 2010

“At a defining moment for the European Union, its largest country, Germany, appeared divided and its leader absent, raising significant concerns about what kind of leadership Chancellor Angela Merkel can offer as the region tries to stabilize financial …

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Business Cycles in Powerpoint

– May 10, 2010

Dr. Roger Garrison, Professor of Economics at Auburn University, has constructed a variety of useful slideshow presentations to aid students in understanding the workings of the market system. For those unfamiliar with the Austrian Business Cycle Theor …

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The Euro-Crisis: Fear Is Back in Play

– May 9, 2010

“Now, fear is back in play,” said William H. Gross, managing director of Pimco, as the European crisis is sending shock waves into financial markets around the world. There is fear that the sovereign debt crisis could freeze up the euro-zone interbank …

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Europe’s Political and Economic Crisis

– May 8, 2010

Some interesting news items this week on the European crisis: A “wild week” (Financial Times) “Fears of eurozone sovereign risk contagion to banks, tighter monetary policy in China and surprise intraday selling by electronic trading systems united to d …

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Hayek’s Contribution to Monetary Theory

– May 8, 2010

“Those who wish to preserve freedom should recognize, however, that inflation is probably the most important single factor in that vicious circle wherein one kind of government action makes more and more government control necessary. For this reason, a …

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Another Financial Crisis in the Making

– May 7, 2010

World-wide stock markets plunged yesterday as the ongoing sovereign debt crisis in Europe is worsening. The Dow fell 1000 points–its worst ever intraday drop–before rebounding, but still ended down more than 3 percent (as did the S&P 500 and Nasd …

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Spending on Full

– May 7, 2010

On Wednesday, I posted a link to a Freedom Daily article by Jim Powell. It was a very interesting article. I highly recommend it for those who are not aware of the history of Argentina and its fall from prosperity. I also highly recommend it to those w …

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Fieler and Bell on new chances to promote sound money (Gold)

– May 7, 2010

“Legislation restoring dollar-gold convertibility should be accompanied by passage of a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the American people a right to conduct their economic affairs in gold, regardless of the future status of gold as the official …

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George Selgin – Central Banks as Sources of Financial Instability

– May 7, 2010

“The present financial crisis has set in bold relief the Jekyll and Hyde nature of contemporary central banks. It has made apparent both our utter dependence on such banks as instruments for assuring the continuous flow of credit in the aftermath of a …

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