Government Debt and Inflation: Reality Intrudes

– March 22, 2022

“Sooner or later, absent substantially lowering government spending or raising taxes, interest payments will overwhelm the government’s budget. The situation might even be termed a sovereign debt crisis.” ~ Gerald P. Dwyer

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How the Fed Painted Us into a Corner

– March 19, 2022

“Over the months and years to come, it will be very interesting to see how faithfully the Fed pursues its policy of returning interest rates to normal and sustainable levels—approximately 3-4 percent for the federal funds rate.” ~ Robert F. Mulligan

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What Should Be Done to Fight Inflation? A U.S. Lawmaker Interviews Two Michigan Economists

– March 18, 2022

“The conversation centered around recent comments by US Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Jerome Powell, and how the Federal Reserve intends to bring our 40-year high inflation rate down to levels prior to 2021.” ~ Dr. Timothy G. Nash

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FOMC Projects Higher Inflation

– March 18, 2022

“Fed Chair Jerome Powell’s November statement killed the idea that inflation would be transitory. The most recent projections from the FOMC show how deeply that idea has been buried.” ~ William J. Luther & Morgan Timmann

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Stages of Quantitative Tightening

– March 9, 2022

“There are several steps to go before the Federal Reserve starts selling assets to reduce the size of its balance sheet. That type of active tightening will probably not begin for a while.” ~ Thomas L. Hogan

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Did Ben Bernanke Implement QE before the 2008 Financial Crisis?

– February 14, 2022

“The Bernanke Fed was practicing QE much earlier than is widely thought. This early QE experiment, likely intended to stabilize short-term inflation expectations, transformed monetary policy prior to the crisis.” ~ James L. Caton

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Missed it by That Much: Where the Fed’s Digital Currency Proposal Goes Wrong

– February 7, 2022

“Whereas the sCBDC plan allows for numerous, entirely distinct retail digital currencies, the Fed’s iCBDC plan provides for a single digital currency only, albeit one offered at and administered by numerous private-sector firms.” ~ George Selgin

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Is This What Monetary Tightening Looks Like?

– February 6, 2022

“When will the Federal Reserve begin to unwind its balance sheet this time? If the meeting minutes indicate the trajectory of policy, reductions will begin within the next two years.” ~ James L. Caton

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Biden’s Fed Nominees a Tit-for-Tat Response to Trump’s

– February 3, 2022

“Fortunately, especially for the regular people who would stand to suffer the most under a politicized Fed, there were enough conservatives to band together to block Trump. Will there be enough principled liberals to sanction Biden?” ~ Daniel J. Smith

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Political Partisanship Has No Place at the Federal Reserve

– February 3, 2022

“The Fed already lost credibility by missing its stated inflation target, and the nomination of partisan actors such as Cook would further throttle its credibility.” ~ Phillip W. Magness & David Waugh

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What Did the Fed Know in the Great Recession?

– February 2, 2022

“The Fed’s poor forecasting record should make us skeptical of its ability to effectively manage the money supply in times of economic turmoil. It would be prudent to consider structural reforms that might improve FOMC’s decision-making process.” ~ Thomas L. Hogan

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Death by Inflation or by Interest Rate Hikes?

– February 1, 2022

“If central banks protect the value of the currency, they will create an economic crisis. If they try to avoid the economic crisis, they will destroy the value of the currency and cause a monetary crisis anyway.” ~ Daniel Fernández

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