Posts Tagged ‘Federal Reserve’

The Christian Science Monitor reports that “Counting underutilized and marginally attached workers, the unemployment rate rose in April, according to the new jobs report”, to 15.9% for “total unemployment” and 9% for the standard rate of joblessness. And according to CNNMoney.com’s “Bailout Tracker”, this increase in joblessness has occurred despite the staggering commitment to…
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U.S. Dollar Drops to 3-Year Low Against World Currencies


Wednesday May 4th, 2011   •   Posted by David Theroux at 9:55pm PDT   •   2 Comments

Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss at Reuters reports in “Dollar tumbles to 3-yr low; data underpins rate view” that: The dollar slumped to a three-year low against major currencies on Wednesday and its outlook darkened further as surprisingly soft economic data underpinned expectations that U.S. interest rates will remain low this year. The greenback also fell to…
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The Risk of Doing Nothing


Saturday March 19th, 2011   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 5:48am PDT   •   1 Comment

Bloomberg BusinessWeek has identified the biggest risk in continuing today’s levels of deficit spending for the U.S. government: Barack Obama may lose the advantage of low borrowing costs as the U.S. Treasury Department says what it pays to service the national debt is poised to triple amid record budget deficits. Interest expense will rise…
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Public Broadcasting Subsidy: Unnecessary and Irrational


Sunday December 19th, 2010   •   Posted by William Shughart at 12:46am PST   •   8 Comments

According to a Poll Position survey conducted in late October, 45 percent of Americans said “No” when asked whether the U.S. government should stop helping to fund NPR; 39 percent said “Yes.” Only those respondents identifying themselves as Republicans favored, by a 54 percent to 28 percent margin, ending taxpayer support for NPR. Given…
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The Return of Stagflation


Sunday November 28th, 2010   •   Posted by Alvaro Vargas Llosa at 4:07pm PST   •   2 Comments

We are entering an era of high inflation, to judge by the massive growth of the money supply in the United States, Europe and Asia, and the stubbornness of central bankers who insist that high unemployment demands the creation of even more money. The last time the world went through a similar period was…
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As the Wall Street Journal reports in an article by Mark Whitehouse, “Number of the Week: $10.2 Trillion in Global Borrowing”: $10.2 trillion: The amount of money advanced-nation governments will need to borrow in 2011 As the debts of advanced countries rise to levels not seen since the aftermath of World War II, it’s…
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Federal Reserve to Spend $1 Trillion More as “Economic Stimulus”


Thursday November 4th, 2010   •   Posted by David Theroux at 6:28am PDT   •   0 Comments

In the new Wall Street Journal article, “Fed Fires $600 Billion Stimulus Shot,” Jon Hilsenrath reports that the day after the stunning mid-term elections that clearly were a referendum against the Keynesian spending binge of Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, the Federal Reserve has launched another gigantic “stimulus” measure exactly like what…
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U.S. Spending Up 21.4% in Two Years, $3.45 Trillion for 2010


Thursday October 14th, 2010   •   Posted by David Theroux at 2:24am PDT   •   1 Comment

The Wall Street Journal notes in a new article, “The 2010 Spending Record: In two years, a 21.4% increase”: “Perhaps you missed it, but then so did the Washington press corps. Late last week the Congressional Budget Office released its preliminary budget tallies for fiscal year 2010, and the news is that the U.S….
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Private Investment vs. Government Spending in the Recession


Sunday September 26th, 2010   •   Posted by David Theroux at 5:58am PDT   •   1 Comment

Independent Institute Senior Fellow Robert Higgs examines the serious problem of “regime uncertainty” being created by the feasting of federal spending programs starving (crowding out) the private investment needed for recovery from the recession: “Private saving and investment are the heart and soul of the dynamic market process. Together they provide and allocate the…
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The Great Divergence: Private Investment and Government Power


Monday September 20th, 2010   •   Posted by Robert Higgs at 6:49am PDT   •   0 Comments

Private saving and investment are the heart and soul of the dynamic market process. Together they provide and allocate the resources used to augment the economy’s productive capacity, generate sustained long-run economic growth, and thereby make possible a rising level of living. Economic crises interrupt this process by discouraging investors and causing them to…
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