Posts Tagged ‘inflation’

The Euro in Retrospect


Wednesday December 28th, 2011   •   Posted by Emily Skarbek at 10:12am PST   •   3 Comments

In a NBER working paper, Martin Feldstein argues that the Euro “should now be recognized as an experiment that has led to the sovereign debt crisis in several countries, the fragile condition of major European banks, the high levels of unemployment, and the large trade deficits that now exist in most Eurozone countries.” The…
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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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World’s Biggest Bond Fund Dumps All U.S. Government Debt


Wednesday March 9th, 2011   •   Posted by David Theroux at 7:50pm PST   •   0 Comments

Susanne Walker reports at Bloomberg that because of fears of inflation created by the enormous credit expansion by the Federal Reserve and rapidly increasing U.S. government deficit spending, the world’s biggest bond fund at Pacific Investment Management Company (Pimco) has dropped all U.S. government debt from its portfolio. Bill Gross, who runs the world’s…
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The Debt-Inflation Cycle and the Global Financial Crisis


Wednesday December 22nd, 2010   •   Posted by Emily Skarbek at 10:16am PST   •   2 Comments

Is the title of a new working paper by Peter Boettke and Chris Coyne of George Mason University. The abstract of the paper reads: Writing over 230 years ago, Adam Smith noted the ‘juggling trick’ whereby governments hide the extent of their public debt through ‘pretend payments.’ As the fiscal crises around the world…
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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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Rogoff on Gold Prices and Public Debt


Wednesday October 6th, 2010   •   Posted by Emily Skarbek at 5:03pm PDT   •   2 Comments

Ken Rogoff on rising gold prices and public debt: “At $1,300, today’s price is probably more than double very long-term, inflation-adjusted, average gold prices. So what could justify another huge increase in gold prices from here? “One answer, of course, is a complete collapse of the U.S. dollar. With soaring deficits, and a rudderless…
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