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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 … Continue reading

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Technical Notes for ‘Never Mind Their Distrust of Data and Forecasts…’

This is a short appendix for our earlier post, “Never Mind Their Distrust of Data and Forecasts; Austrians Can Help You Predict the Economy,” in the usual Q&A format.

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Never Mind Their Distrust of Data and Forecasts; Austrians Can Help You Predict the Economy

[O]f all the economic bubbles that have been pricked, few have burst more spectacularly than the reputation of economics itself. – From The Economist, July 16, 2009. It’s been five years since the The Economist magazine published the critical commentary  … Continue reading

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Technical Notes for ‘Planning for Future Rate Hikes…’

This is a short appendix for our earlier post, “Planning for Future Rate Hikes: What Can History Tell Us that the Fed Won’t?,” presented in Q&A format.

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Planning for Future Rate Hikes: What Can History Tell Us that the Fed Won’t?

It stands to reason that when the Fed eventually lifts interest rates, we’ll see the usual effects. After a sustained rise in rates, you can safely bet on: Fixed investment and business earnings dropping sharply GDP growth following investment and … Continue reading

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Global Drag Threatens Worst U.S. Export Performance in Over 60 Years

Ever since an über-strong U.S. dollar crushed the export sector in the mid-1980s, the U.S. economy hasn’t looked quite the same. Exports picked up towards the end of the decade, helped along by the G-7’s historic 1985 powwow at New … Continue reading

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Unintended Consequences of Obama’s Student Loan Policies

So this week, President Obama’s populist, class-warring, shut-out-the-legislature, ignore-the-long-term-consequences romp through every corner of life turned to the education sector. His new policies on student loans include greater access to both payment reductions and loan forgiveness. And, needless to say, … Continue reading

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Technical Notes for ‘The Untold Story’

This is an appendix for our earlier post, “Where $1 of QE Goes: The Untold Story.” We’ll describe our use of the Fed’s flow of funds data in more detail, in Q&A format.

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Where $1 of QE Goes: The Untold Story

“We don’t understand fully how large-scale asset purchase programs work to ease financial market conditions.” – New York Fed President Bill Dudley “I don’t think there’s any doubt that quantitative easing enabled the rich and the quick. It was a … Continue reading

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Technical Notes for ‘Banking Buffoonery’

This is an appendix to our earlier post, “Banking Buffoonery, Modeling Mysticism and Why Krugman Should Be Sweatin’ Bullets.” We discuss the Bank of England report and IS-LM model in more detail, using a Q&A format.

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