France 2014: La Meme Chose

January 7th, 2014
in Op Ed

Written by

Turn-of-the-year commentaries of France have all been deeply pessimistic, seeing France as mired in high unemployment, an economy that has barely shown any signs of growth for the past three years, a government that has never been as unpopular in living memory and a political system suffering from a chronic inability to deliver the kind of reforms that might shake it out of its sloth.

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The Federal Reserve: Was It A Mistake?

January 7th, 2014
in Op Ed

by Timothy Taylor, Conversable Economist

The Federal Reserve reached its 100th anniversary this year, which can be both a time for thinking about what has happened, or for thinking about what might have been.

If you would like an overview of the substantial shifts and changes in the Federal Reserve over time, a useful starting point is a symposium in the Fall 2013 issue of the Journal of Economic Perspectives. For example, Ben Bernanke writes about the history of the Fed with an emphasis on five "great" episodes:

"the Great Experiment of the Federal Reserve’s founding, the Great Depression, the Great Inflation and subsequent disinflation, the Great Moderation, and the recent Great Recession."

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Stanford Financial Investors: Insult on Top of Injury

January 7th, 2014
in Op Ed

by Larry Doyle, Sense on Cents

If bulls and bears dominate the landscape on Wall Street, there is little doubt that pigs rule the roost in Washington.

I know I am stating the obvious with that assertion but a recent report detailing the ongoing nightmare for those who invested money in Stanford Financial provides more evidence that Washington continues to resemble little more than a sty these days.

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The Puzzling Ignorance of Optimum Currency Area Theory

January 6th, 2014
in Op Ed

by Dirk Ehnts, Econoblog101

Robert Mundell received The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 1999 'for his analysis of monetary and fiscal policy under different exchange rate regimes and his analysis of optimum currency areas'.

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Lunch with the Legendary John Bogle

January 6th, 2014
in Op Ed

by Larry Doyle, Sense on Cents

Throughout the annals of Wall Street history, there have been some true giants. While many of these larger than life individuals have occupied the rarefied air that comes with being a legend, few have simultaneously kept their feet firmly on the ground to help the common man and the individual investor.

Then there is John Bogle.

I had the great good fortune of attending a small lunch reception in Bogle's honor yesterday. I will not soon forget it.

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