2014 Most Viewed Posts

We posted sporadically this year – with nothing at all after July – but added up our page views anyway. Here are the five most widely read posts, based on page views on CYNICONOMICS as well as three other sites that publish our articles and report our stats (Zero Hedge, Market Oracle and Seeking Alpha):

#5 with 41,690 views: “Why You Shouldn’t Fall For These Corporate Capex Fallacies.”

We critique four popular arguments about capital expenditures, while showing that history contradicts all but one of the four.

#4 with 44,509 views: “Reviving the ‘Real World’ Scenario That’s Disappeared from Government Reports.”

We adjust the CBO’s official budget projections for glaring deficiencies in its “baseline scenario,” from an overly optimistic economic outlook (better even than the Great Moderation of the mid-1980s to mid-2000s) to the tax break extensions that Congress always enacts even as it requires the CBO to exclude them from its baseline.

#3 with 47,079 views: “Where $1 of QE Goes: The Untold Story.”

We explore how QE works its way through the financial sector. After separating financial flows history into QE periods and non-QE periods, we find a curious “argyle effect.”

#2 with 51,120 views: “Is This What a Credit Bubble Looks Like?

With corporate borrowing picking up in 2014, we compare key metrics to past credit cycles.

#1 with 79,753 views: “Why the Next Global Crisis Will Be Unlike Any in the Last 200 Years.”

We remove military spending from 200 years of developed market budget histories – to isolate fiscal policy trends independently from wars and revolutions.

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Many thanks to our readers and to bloggers who directed their readers to our site. Best wishes for 2015. We expect to start posting again soon.

In the meantime, check out our friend Nicholas Carlson’s new book on Yahoo and Marissa Mayer (Marissa Mayer and the Fight to Save Yahoo!). Nicholas has the inside story on one of our most fascinating CEOs, following up the “unauthorized biography” that he published on Business Insider in 2013.  For a teaser (the book doesn’t ship until next week), you can also check out the December 17 New York Times Magazine cover story, “What Happened When Marissa Mayer Tried to Be Steve Jobs.”

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