Pertinent Category: Sound Money Project

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: J.P. Koning

The Costly Late Arrival of FedNow

– August 29, 2023

“Policy makers should ensure that the US payment landscape is efficient, accessible, and beneficial for all stakeholders involved with as little government involvement as possible.” ~ Nicolas Cachanosky


Whipped Inflation Now

– August 26, 2023

“The battle for 2 percent inflation has already been won. Fed officials should acknowledge and celebrate the victory.” ~ William J. Luther


A Macroeconomic Agenda for Freedom Conservatives

– August 25, 2023

“It’s time to hit the brakes on modern monetary theory, functional finance, and anything else that justifies using the federal budget as an instrument of social control.” ~ Alexander W. Salter


Alan Blinder’s Inflationary Incoherence

– August 16, 2023

“There’s nothing wrong with making incorrect predictions. It happens to all of us. There is something wrong with obstinacy in the face of overwhelming contradictory evidence..” ~ Alexander W. Salter


John Cochrane Offers Incomplete Explanation of Inflation

– August 9, 2023

“His analysis implies the Fed could buy every financial asset in the world without causing inflation.” ~ Alexander W. Salter


The Federal Reserve’s Quasi-Fiscal Deficit

– August 6, 2023

“Although realizing losses—or, running quasi-fiscal deficits—is new to the Fed, it is more common in developing countries. The consequences of running quasi-fiscal deficits include inflation and lack of central bank credibility.” ~ Nicolas Cachanosky


Waller Explains Why the Fed is Still Raising Rates

– August 6, 2023

“While Waller sees the recent slowdown in inflation as positive, he is not ready to declare victory as it is only a single data point.” ~ Bryan P. Cutsinger


The Fed Hits 3,000 Percent Inflation

– August 3, 2023

“US inflation was not always as persistently high as it has been under the Fed. Before the Fed, the purchasing power of the dollar was determined by supply of and demand for gold.” ~ Thomas L. Hogan


Disinflation good, Fed bad

– August 2, 2023

“There’s no way for non-market actors to direct credit more reliably than market actors. The discipline of profit and loss is essential.” ~ Alexander W. Salter


The SEC Limits Most People’s Investment Opportunities

– August 1, 2023

“The bill that the US House passed by a voice vote would require the SEC to develop a test to determine whether someone is knowledgeable enough to forgo the investor protections built into public offerings to the general public.” ~ Gerald P. Dwyer


Central Bankers, Let the Price System Work!

– July 26, 2023

“Congress is free to define ‘price stability’ however it wishes. If it wants a strict inflation target in all circumstances, that’s its right. But legislators would be well-advised to pay close attention to the microeconomic foundations of monetary policy.” ~ Alexander W. Salter


Does Greedflation Fit the Facts?

– July 25, 2023

“While an increase in market power would certainly affect real income growth, the magnitude necessary to explain inflation is implausibly large.” ~ Bryan Cutsinger