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European Central Bank Adopts Negative Interest Rates

Look for this to spread. For now the negative interest rate of -0.1% will only apply to bank reserves held at the central bank. The stated objective is to persuade the banks to reduce their reserves by lending more. Jun 6, 2014 7:17 AM PT

Rand Paul Threatens to Hold Up Fed Board Nominees

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) has sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) threatening to put a hold on three Federal Reserve board nominees if his proposed Federal Reserve Transparency Act is not brought to a vote with the nominations. May 14, 2014 8:19 AM PT

U.S. Still in a Depression

Does an official 6.3% unemployment rate mean that the economy has finally recovered? No. Whether you call it the Great Recession or the depression it really is, the recovery that supposedly started in June 2009 has not been much of a recovery. May 6, 2014 10:22 AM PT

7 Crazy Ideas Janet Yellen Did Not Mention, but Waiting in the Wings

In her speech at the New York Economic Club on Wednesday, Janet Yellen said it is “quite plausible” the economy will reach full employment in a couple years with just the right amount of inflation, which to her mind means two percent a year. Apr 17, 2014 1:31 PM PT

Inside The Fed--What Janet Yellen Won't Tell You

What is Janet Yellen, new Fed chairman, really worried about? Is it that reported unemployment will stay high, that the economic recovery will never get off the ground, that we will fall back into recession, or that consumer prices will fall, thereby further endangering the huge debts that already zombify the economy? Apr 14, 2014 11:50 AM PT

More High-Stakes Appointments to the Federal Reserve

The Obama administration has repeatedly complained about Republican blocking tactics in the Senate. In this context, it is worth remembering that the Democrats blocked President Bush’s last three nominees to the Federal Reserve Board. The Democrats calculated that a member of their party might win the White House in 2008, and why not wait in the hopes that a Democrat could shape the Federal Reserve for a generation to come? Mar 14, 2014 1:23 PM PT

Will Washington Take Down Apple—And Why?

The US Department of Justice has not only successfully sued Apple for arguably non-existent anti-trust violations in the e-book market. It has even demanded – and gotten – a court-appointed “monitor” placed inside the company to supervise the company’s pricing decisions. Feb 26, 2014 10:25 PM PT

Obama Doubles Down on Destroying the Economy

Is President Obama really this ignorant of business and economics? Telling American employers to raise their wages sounds innocent enough, but it ceases to be innocent when people lose their jobs as a result. Feb 1, 2014 2:51 PM PT

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