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

“Four Biggest Greek Banks Downgraded”

– February 24, 2010

“Fitch Ratings, citing concerns about Greek banks’ funding costs and profitability, downgraded the country’s four major banks to triple-B, or two notches above “junk” status. Fitch characterized its outlook for Greek banks as ‘negative’… The cost of …

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“Greenspan’s Monetary Policy in Retrospect”

– February 23, 2010

“Critics charge Greenspan with having carried on an excessively expansionary monetary policy, particularly following the recession of 2001. They note how low interest rates were from 2002 through 2004 and argue that those low rates paved the way for ev …

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Sound Money Essay Winners!

– February 22, 2010

The Atlas Sound Money Project is proud to announce the winners of its 2010 Atlas Sound Money Essay Contest. We are grateful for the carefully crafted, well-reasoned essays that we received from undergraduate and graduate students and young scholars fro …

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“The Fed’s Great Rate Debate”

– February 22, 2010

“There are plenty of experts who argue that the Fed should move sooner rather than later to raise the federal funds rate, its key lending rate that is used as a benchmark for the interest paid on credit cards, home equity loans and many business loans. …

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The Signals of the Fed

– February 19, 2010

The Fed made what it claims is a minimal change in strategy today, as it raised the emergency loan rate today from 0.5%. According to the Wall Street Journal, “The Fed said the move wasn’t meant to affect monetary policy…” Yet in a realm as dependent u …

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Will Bernanke’s Exit Strategy Work?

– February 19, 2010

“On Wednesday, February 10, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke was expected to appear before the House Committee on Financial Services to testify on the Fed’s extraordinary measures taken during the financial crisis, and how the Fed is planning to u …

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“Japan’s Central Banker Rejects Setting Inflation Target”

– February 19, 2010

“Inflation targeting has become a favored policy among many central banks world-wide, but the BOJ has resisted it, fearing Japan’s strong downward bias in prices would prevent the bank from ever raising interest rates. Instead it has relied on a softer …

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“The Gold Standard”

– February 19, 2010

Lawrence H. White speaks to students attending FEE’s 2009 Young Scholars Colloquium at Northwood University. To see the full video, please go here. “The Gold Standard” Lawrence H. White Young Scholars Colloquium, July 16, 2009. Via the Foundation for E …

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“U.S. Expected to Press China on Yuan”

– February 18, 2010

“The mounting political tension between U.S. and China is poised to take on a more pronounced economic component—with Washington, in coming months, expected to press China over what officials see as an undervalued yuan. This week, China is facing off w …

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“Stagflation Comes to the U.K.”

– February 17, 2010

“Inflation in the U.K. hit 3.5% annually in January, a level that required central banker Mervyn King to write a letter of explanation to the Treasury. Mr. King lays the blame for the price uptick largely at the feet of idiosyncratic factors. These inc …

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“The United States: Debtor and Leader?”

– February 17, 2010

“China sees a clear link between America’s ability to stand up for human rights and its economic interests—and Beijing isn’t afraid to exploit it. Mr. Weiqun was bluntly reminding the U.S. to take a close look at its balance sheet before indulging in a …

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Dr. Judy Shelton Joins Atlas!

– February 17, 2010

The Atlas Economic Research Foundation and the Sound Money Project welcome Dr. Judy Shelton as a new Senior Fellow. As an economist specializing in global finance and monetary issues, Dr. Shelton has given expert testimony before the Joint Economic Com …

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