The Fall of the Dominoes

– August 5, 2021

“What we can do at this point is to look back at key points where we could have stopped them falling – like taking seriously the idea of a limited government and the principle of sound money – and ensure that, when the dust settles, we warn future generations not to repeat those errors.” ~ Antony Davis

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How Tether Can Improve Its Pie Chart

– August 5, 2021

“Tether will be publishing its next pie chart sometime in the middle of August. Given its flagging issuance, Tether has every reason to do a better job than before. The whole cryptocurrency world will be watching.” ~ J.P. Koning

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Understanding China’s Financial Market Chaos

– July 30, 2021

“In this case, Beijing seems to be making a calculated decision to pursue immediate political goals over long-term growth. Such trends are likely to continue and will make investing in Chinese companies increasingly unattractive.” ~ Ethan Yang

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History Lessons: The Case Against Regulating ESG Ratings Agencies

– July 28, 2021

“This history lesson strongly suggests to us that security regulators should refrain from endorsing any particular ESG metric. Sadly, security regulators around the world appear to be intent on repeating the mistakes made by the SEC in the 1970s.” ~ Robert E. Wright & Andrew Smith

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A Conversation On Wall Street and Dangerous Monetary Policy

– July 27, 2021

“On this episode of the Authors Corner, Ethan Yang sits down with former hedge fund manager and founder of Signals Matter, Matt Piepenburg, to discuss his book Rigged to Fail. Matt brings his years of experience in the financial industry and his academic scholarship to offer a nuanced discussion on financial markets and the Federal Reserve.” ~ AIER

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Unemployment Over the Business Cycle

– July 27, 2021

“Without significant monetary and regulatory reform, our recovery from the Covid-19 recession will not only not fix these negative conditions, but will only set up the U.S. for our next recession, one that will almost certainly be even more severe.” ~ Robert F. Mulligan

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Monetary Policy Since the Great Recession

– July 25, 2021

“The U.S. economy has now entered unexplored territory, though this territory has unhappy similarities with Revolutionary-era hyperinflation, Civil War inflation of the 1860s, and the stagflation of the 1970s. None of these historical experiences were something anybody would want to relive.” ~ Robert F. Mulligan

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The Asymmetry of Bitcoin Scams Is All Very Sad

– July 24, 2021

“When losses come from risk-taking for which you stood to benefit, it’s not sad if you happened to lose. That was a possible outcome, and whether you properly understood it or not is beside the point. With Skin in the Game, there’s nothing sad about making losses.” ~ Joakim Book

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What Do Wildcat Banks Tell Us About Stablecoins?

– July 22, 2021

“The experience in Michigan when it was a frontier state in the same year that the telegraph was invented is not particularly pertinent for discerning the likely success of private currency with the communications technology available today. ‘Wildcat’ is a phrase that has no relevance for stablecoins.” ~ Gerald P Dwyer

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Not Smart Financial Regulation

– July 16, 2021

“U.S. financial regulators approved the NSFR despite the fact that their own evidence showed the costs of the rule exceed its benefits. That’s Not Smart Financial Regulation.” ~ Thomas L. Hogan

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Lumber Prices Return to Earth

– July 14, 2021

“A new round of expansionary monetary policy, wildfires, or other developments could bring more upheaval to this ordinarily sedate market, but for now it appears that the lumber market delirium has been quelled.” ~ Peter C. Earle

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Higher Inflation Depresses Equity Valuation

– July 9, 2021

“The CPI will probably increase by 3-5% for all of 2021. That is not nearly as bad as the 1970s, when the rate averaged 7.4% p.a. (and peaked at 13.3% in late 1979), but it’s still bad for equity valuations.” ~ Richard M. Salsman

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