Revisiting the Pokéflation

– September 26, 2022

“During the massively expansionary monetary response to the Covid outbreak, the price of Pokemon cards and other assets shot to unprecedented levels. Contractionary monetary policy now has the opposite effect.” ~ Peter C. Earle & April Liu


What Is Financial Literacy and Why Is It Important? (Video)

– September 23, 2022

“On this episode of Liberty Curious, Robert Wright, historian and Senior Research Faculty at AIER, joins Kate Wand to discuss his new book: Fearless: Wilma Soss and America’s Forgotten Investor Movement.” ~ AIER


No, Hyperinflation Is Not Right Around the Corner

– September 13, 2022

“The pursuit of sound money is more profitably directed at identifying profligate monetary policy measures, rather than the consequenceless prediction of extraordinary, and extraordinarily unlikely, outcomes.” ~ Peter C. Earle


Federal Reserve Operating Losses and the Federal Budget Deficit

– September 7, 2022

“In 2023, the Fed will likely report tens of billions of dollars in operating losses as it raises interest rates to combat raging inflation. Will Fed losses increase the budget deficit as logic dictates they should, or will they be treated as an off-budget expenditure?” ~ Paul H. Kupiec & Alex J. Pollock


The Recession is Here. Will Stagflation Follow?

– July 30, 2022

“An ugly picture is coming into focus: rising inflation, slowing growth, and a job market that looks poised to deteriorate. Bearing in mind the lag associated with employment, it is no longer unthinkable that stagflation may be ahead.” ~ Peter C. Earle


El Salvador and Bitcoin: A Love-Hate Story

– July 25, 2022

“El Salvador can be seen as either a pioneer in the world of cryptocurrencies or as a country that is reckless in its government finances.” ~ Daniel Fernández


Leave the Gas Station Owners Out of It

– July 6, 2022

“Saddling gas station owners with the blame for a particularly damaging aspect of the ongoing inflation increase is, beyond wildly inaccurate, irresponsible and morally unconscionable.” ~ Peter C. Earle


Stocks and Bonds Hurt Alike Under Stagflation

– July 1, 2022

“When bonds and stocks decline a lot and simultaneously it suggests inflation is rising rapidly even as the economy is stagnating or contracting (or will soon do so). For most economists today, that combination is near-impossible.” ~ Richard M. Salsman


Will Federal Reserve Losses Impact Fed Shareholders or Affect Monetary Policy?

– June 25, 2022

“Since it started raising interest rates, the Fed has already experienced mark-to-market losses of epic proportions, and will soon face large operating losses, something it has never seen in its 108-year history.” ~ Paul H. Kupiec & Alex J. Pollock


Are Cryptoassets The Great Scam?

– June 20, 2022

“The regulations in the Lummis-Gillibrand Responsible Financial Innovation Act, made public on the same day as publication of Krugman’s article, are far more likely to provide a brighter future than prohibiting cryptocurrencies, stablecoins or other digital assets.” ~ Gerald P. Dwyer


No, Putin Didn’t Cause Inflation

– June 13, 2022

“Allowing politicians to blame Putin, corporations, shipping firms, billionaires, insufficient taxation, ‘greed,’ or other tired scapegoats is erroneous and misleading.” ~ Peter C. Earle


Making Sense of Monetary Policy and the Future of Inflation

– June 10, 2022

“The expansion of circulating currency has diminished to rates comparable to pre-pandemic lows. These factors and the current state of business inventories suggest that inflationary pressures are likely near their limit.” ~ James L. Caton