Japan's Stunted Democracy

October 4th, 2015
in Op Ed

by John West, Asian Century Institute

With thousands of Japanese citizens in the streets protesting against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, could Japan be on the verge of becoming a mature, full-fledged democracy asks John West.

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13 Banks That Rule The World

October 3rd, 2015
in Op Ed

by Lee Adler, Wall Street Examiner

With Janet Yellen virtually proclaiming that she is central banker to the world it's time to roll out this post again, last retitled and reposted on January 28, 2015.

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Unemployment in Germany will Rise Next Year Mainly Because of Migrant Inflow, Say German Economists Working at Banks

October 2nd, 2015
in Op Ed

by Dirk Ehnts, Econoblog101

I read an article some days ago about the unemployment trend in Germany. The article was published at heise.de, which features mainly IT-related news.

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Eurozone CPI Goes Negative Again

October 1st, 2015
in Op Ed

by Chuck Butler, Daily Reckoning

And now... today's Penning for your thoughts...

Good day, and a wonderful Wednesday to you!

The dollar has a different look to it this morning. Most of the currencies are in rally mode vs. the green/peachback, except the euro. The Big Dog, euro, can't get off the porch this morning, and appears to be held back by a very weak CPI (consumer inflation ) report this morning, which has the markets clamoring for more Quantitative Easing/QE from the European Central Bank (ECB).

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Central Banks Don't Dictate Interest Rates

September 30th, 2015
in Op Ed

by Frank Shostak, Mises Institute

Appeared originally at Mises.org 24 September 2015

According to mainstream thinking, the central bank is the key factor in determining interest rates. By setting short-term interest rates the central bank, it is argued, through expectations about the future course of its interest rate policy influences the entire interest rate structure.

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