Topic: Monetary Policy

The Fed Says Its Record Losses Don’t Matter

– February 6, 2024

“While not a groundbreaking revelation for any central bank, the lack of concern about the economic and institutional implications of monetizing financial obligations is cause for concern.” ~Nicolas Cachanosky


Time for the Fed to Ease Up

– January 29, 2024

“Even if Fed economists have underestimated the natural rate of interest by half, monetary policy looks slightly tight. It looks very tight if the natural-rate figures are anywhere close to correct.” ~Alexander W. Salter


Inflation On Target in December

– January 26, 2024

“Monetary policy remains very tight. Interest rates are much higher than they were just prior to the pandemic. And the Fed is no longer accommodating expansionary fiscal policy.” ~William J. Luther


Profits Do Not Cause Inflation: Causal Fallacies as Economic Disinformation

– January 23, 2024

“Fortunately, the idea that thousands of businesses have colluded to raise prices, boosting their profit margins and engineering the inflation that continues to afflict Americans, is easily disproven.” ~Peter C. Earle


Meet the Economist NPR Interviewed to Explain Why America’s $34 Trillion Debt Is Definitely Not a Problem

– January 17, 2024

“Printing mass amounts of money cannot solve the problem of scarcity. This fundamental economic reality, that we have limited resources and limitless wants, seems lost on Kelton.” ~Jon Miltimore


Can BRICS Displace the Dollar?

– January 15, 2024

“The noise from BRICS about creating their own reserve currency and abandoning the dollar is little more than noise. As irresponsible as the Fed has been, BRICS policymakers apparently want to inflate faster than even the Fed will allow.” ~Robert F. Mulligan


Happy New Year! Have Some Inflation

– January 13, 2024

“After a rough couple of rounds, inflation has come out swinging. It doesn’t have the legs for a knockout punch, but it remains a troublesome opponent.” ~Alexander W. Salter


AIER’s Everyday Price Index Ends 2023 with Third Consecutive Monthly Decline

– January 12, 2024

“The recent reduction in disinflationary pressures related to core goods, which had been a significant factor in easing price pressures in recent months, seems to have diminished.” ~Peter C. Earle


Economic Revolution in Argentina: A Wake-Up Call for America’s Fiscal Future

– January 1, 2024

“We can’t be too proud to take a tip from Argentina. The perilous outcomes of unchecked government spending can manifest anywhere.” ~Vance Ginn


Inflation: It’s Not the Supply Side

– December 31, 2023

” Some combination of fiscal and monetary policy remains the best explanation for the once-in-a-generation inflation rates that peaked in summer 2022, as well as their gradual decline.” ~Alexander W. Salter


On Monetary Premia

– December 31, 2023

“One day we might look back at our cottage industry of diversified funds, tax-favored retirement accounts, capital gains taxes, clever accountants, hedge fund managers, Fed watchers, and army of central bank economists as positively medieval.” ~Joakim Book


Inflation Undershoots Fed Projections

– December 23, 2023

“The FOMC changed course last week, foregoing a previously projected rate hike and projecting deeper rate cuts in 2024 than previously anticipated. But those rate cuts may come too late.” ~William J. Luther