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Analysis Topic: Economic Trends Analysis

The analysis published under this topic are as follows.

Economics

Saturday, April 13, 2013

What Was Wrong with Thatcher's Poll Tax / Economics / Economic Theory

By: Murray_N_Rothbard

Riots in the streets; protest against a hated government; cops arresting protesters. A familiar story these days. But suddenly we find that the protests are directed, not against a hated Communist tyranny in Eastern Europe, but against Mrs. Thatcher's regime in Britain, a supposed paragon of liberty and the free market. What's going on here? Are anti-government demonstrators heroic freedom-fighters in Eastern Europe, but only crazed anarchists and alienated punks in the West?

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Economics

Friday, April 12, 2013

Seoul the New Capital of Capitalism / Economics / Economic Theory

By: Christopher_Westley

Picture a mono-racial New York metropolitan area with a fraction of the murders, if you can. Add in unreadable signs and buildings and infrastructure completed in 1960 or later. Then you might have a picture of Seoul, the capital of the Republic of Korea and, quite possibly, the new center of global capitalism. At least, that is my conclusion after spending several days there on academic and professional pursuits.

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Economics

Friday, April 12, 2013

The Keynesian Endgame / Economics / Economic Theory

By: MISES

David Stockman writes: Even the tepid post-2008 recovery has not been what it was cracked up to be, especially with respect to the Wall Street presumption that the American consumer would once again function as the engine of GDP growth. It goes without saying, in fact, that the precarious plight of the Main Street consumer has been obfuscated by the manner in which the state’s unprecedented fiscal and monetary medications have distorted the incoming data and economic narrative.

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Economics

Friday, April 12, 2013

Is Austrian Economics a Cult? / Economics / Economic Theory

By: MISES

I have experienced not one but two cases where eminent mainstream economists characterized Austrian economics as a cult. I told a friend and colleague of mine who is also an Austrian economist that I would be writing about this. He was worried that to mention the fact that two leading economists held the opinion that Austrian economics is cultish would place the praxeological school in a bad light. Well, maybe it will. However, I strongly believe that "sunlight is the best disinfectant." If these two dismal scientists strongly believe this, they can hardly be the only ones. My goal in writing this present essay is to attack this view as the pernicious and false doctrine that it is. I want to confront it, not run and hide from it.

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Economics

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Why Governments Lie About Inflation? Because It Covers Up Bigger Lies / Economics / Inflation

By: Graham_Summers

More and more analysts are catching on to the fact that Government measures of inflation are phony. The US Government tells us that inflation, as measured by the CPI, is 0.8%. This is largely a work of fiction however as the actual cost of goods purchased by consumers has increased.

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Economics

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Yenfamy, Propelling Japan's Economy Toward Certain Reckoning / Economics / Quantitative Easing

By: John_Mauldin

By Grant Williams  writes: April 4 is a day when things tend to happen. Big things.

April 4, 1841 saw President William Henry Harrison, the ninth President of the United States, die of pneumonia after only 31 days in office. Twenty-four years later to the day, President Abraham Lincoln would be haunted by a disturbing dream. As Lincoln's close friend Ward Hill Lamon recollected:

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Economics

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Why Bernanke Can’t Stop Deflation / Economics / Deflation

By: Clif_Droke

While there are many risks to the current ultra loose money policy, consumer price inflation isn't one of them. Inflation remains persistently low despite the best efforts of central banks to increase it.

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) among the G7 economies was only 1.6%, year over year, during February. It was even lower at 1.4% excluding food and energy, according to economist Ed Yardeni. Meanwhile Producer Price Index (PPI) inflation rates are close to zero, Yardeni points out. In the euro zone, the CPI inflation rate is just 1.7%, and 1.4% excluding food and energy. Japan continues to experience deflation despite continuous efforts at reversing it through monetary easing.

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Economics

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

How Central Banks’ Easy Solution Could Devastate the Global Economy / Economics / Quantitative Easing

By: InvestmentContrarian

Sasha Cekerevac writes: Central banks around the world have opened the floodgates with massive levels of quantitative easing in an effort to try to stimulate their respective economies. Turning on the quantitative easing tap is easy; putting the genie back in the bottle will be extremely difficult for central banks globally.

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Economics

Monday, April 08, 2013

The Real U.S. Unemployment Rate is 13.9% / Economics / Employment

By: Money_Morning

Employers added just 88,000 jobs in March, according to the U.S. jobs report released Friday, hiring at the slowest pace since June 2012.

The number was a huge miss. Analysts expected a gain of 200,000.

"We all over shot it," Austan Goolsbee, former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors in U.S. President Barack Obama's first administration, said on CNBC. "This is a punch to the gut. I mean, this is not a good number."

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Economics

Monday, April 08, 2013

The Economic World According To Stockman / Economics / Economic Theory

By: Andrew_McKillop

RIPELY CONSIDERED
In a review of main points from David Stockman's troublesome new book for peddlers of the mantra "We are all Keynesians now", in an economic world that Keynes wouldn't even be able to recognize, William Anderson listed the ways that "Neo Keynesians" not only hobble the fragile booms their basically schizophrenic policies produce, but also the fake recoveries that follow in their wake. In particular Anderson looks at Stockman's argument that when an economic boom crashes, the proper response of governments and monetary authorities should be to restore sound money and not try to prop up enterprises that failed in the crash.   http://www.marketoracle.co.uk/Article39835.html

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Economics

Sunday, April 07, 2013

The Real Reason There Will Be No Economic Recovery in America / Economics / US Economy

By: Bill_Bonner

Nothing much happened on Wall Street yesterday. The Dow rose 56 points. Gold was flat.

From the Daily Mail in London:

US sees highest poverty spike since the 1960s, leaving 50 million Americans poor...

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Economics

Sunday, April 07, 2013

U.S. Non Farm Payrolls Report - Interesting Seasonality Factors / Economics / Employment

By: Jesse

As you may recall, the raw input into the Non Farm Payrolls report is the actual count of jobs which the BLS compiles.

To this number the BLS adds the output of the Birth-Death Model, which is their estimate of Jobs lost and created by new businesses not included in the report.

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Economics

Friday, April 05, 2013

The Stockman Backlash / Economics / Economic Theory

By: Peter_Schiff

This week, while economists should have been closely considering the implications of the actual bankruptcy of Stockton, California, they instead heaped scorn on the perceived ideological bankruptcy of David Stockman. In other words, Stockman trumped Stockton.

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Economics

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Zombie Parasites vs. Productives, Turning Argentine / Economics / Inflation

By: Bill_Bonner

Here in Argentina, most things were closed on Monday for the Easter holidays... and are closed again today, too.

What do these Argentines think they are? French?

We wandered the streets. Here in the Palermo Soho neighborhood of Buenos Aires, where we are staying, there were thousands of people window-shopping, eating in restaurants and drinking in outdoor cafes.

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Economics

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

America's Continuing Economic Depression / Economics / Great Depression II

By: LewRockwell

Seth Mason writes: This is not what economic recovery looks like. This is, however, what an economic depression looks like:

First, the American workforce is far smaller than it was before the 2008 economic collapse, even though the number of Americans of working age has increased by several millions:

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Economics

Monday, April 01, 2013

The Real Fallout From Cyprus Crisis / Economics / Credit Crisis 2013

By: Michael_Pento

Holders of the Euro currency should be glad that the Troika is finally doing something besides just making more loans, printing more money and monetizing more debt—unlike what the Treasury and Federal Reserve is in the habit of doing. For me, this has to be positive for the Euro in the long term because the ECB is not expanding its balance sheet, while the Fed is rapidly expanding the U.S. monetary base.

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Economics

Friday, March 29, 2013

Preparing for Inflationa​ry Times / Economics / Inflation

By: Jeff_Clark

"All this money printing, massive debt, and reckless deficit spending – and we have 2% inflation? I'm beginning to believe that either the deflationists are right, or the Fed's interventions are working." – Anonymous Casey Research reader

The CPI, in our view, does not accurately measure inflation, which accounts for some of the discrepancy our reader is pointing out. However, the proper definition of inflation is "an increase in the quantity of money," which we've had in spades. We've not experienced the concomitant increase in prices, which is what we're addressing in this article.

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Economics

Friday, March 29, 2013

The Real U.S. Inflation Rate and What to Do About It / Economics / Inflation

By: Don_Miller

A little over a month ago we did a quick poll on what our readers thought the real rate of inflation was. The idea for polling our readers came from the disconnect between the official government rate of around 1% and what some had told me they were experiencing first hand.

Thank you to everyone who participated, particularly those who shared frustrating examples of the ever-increasing cost of living. There were close to 100 pages of reader comments, and I read them all... every single word.

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Economics

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Should Bernanke Park the Helicopter? / Economics / Quantitative Easing

By: Frank_Shostak

According to Ben Bernanke, pulling back on aggressive policy measures too soon would pose a real risk of damaging a still-fragile recovery.

The Fed chief is of the view that, for the purposes of financial stability, a continuation of the central bank’s aggressive stimulus, conducted through purchases of Treasury and mortgage securities, remains the optimal approach.

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Economics

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Economic Stimulus Trap / Economics / Economic Stimulus

By: Peter_Schiff

For years we have been warned by Keynesian economists to fear the so-called "liquidity trap," an economic cul-de-sac that can suck down an economy like a tar pit swallowing a mastodon. They argue that economies grow because banks lend and consumers spend. But a "liquidity trap," they argue, convinces consumers not to consume and businesses not to borrow. The resulting combination of slack demand and falling prices creates a pernicious cycle that cannot be overcome by the ordinary forces that create growth, like savings or investment. They say that a liquidity trap can even resist the extraordinary force of monetary stimulus by rendering cash injections into useless "string pushing." Some of these economists suggest that its power can only be countered by a world war or other fortunately timed event that leads to otherwise politically unattainable levels of government spending.

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