• 18 Mar 2014 at 3:06 PM

Banana Republic Watch ’14: Argentina Gets Junkier

Emerging market investors looking to put their rubles elsewhere now that the Russian Empire Federation no longer qualifies (among other reasons) should probably skip that trip to Buenos Aires. Read more »

  • 12 Mar 2014 at 9:30 AM

Fed Watch ’14: Moving The Goalposts

For years, the Fed’s been waiting for unemployment to get under 6.5%, so that it can stop offering money for free. This has taken somewhat longer than the central bank likely expected when the threshold was set, and now, the man who came up with the idea wants to make sure it doesn’t make the same mistake again.

The “cut rates when unemployment drops below 6.5% if inflation hasn’t gotten over 2.5%” policy is apparently called the “Evans rule” for Chicago Fed President Charles Evans. And while Paul Volcker plans to use his remaining days defending the regulation that bears his name, Evans isn’t eager to see a sequel. Read more »

  • 10 May 2013 at 5:19 PM

The Beard Senses Danger

Ben Bernanke has done all he can, and it might not be enough. Read more »

  • 19 Feb 2008 at 2:44 PM

The Return Of WIN: “I Support The Economy” Stickers!

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It’s now considered a joke but back in the nineteen seventies, the Ford administration asked the public to “Whip Inflation Now” by, among other gimmicks, wearing “WIN” buttons. Inflation was roaring along at seven percent but the public was asked to believe that war-driven spending and an inflated money supply were not the cause of economic troubles. Instead it was magic or something, and little pins could make it go away. That didn’t work out, and it wasn’t until Paul Volker took control of the Fed and raised interest rates that inflation actually got whipped.

It looks like we’re heading back into the era of magical thinking. Plans from our nation’s capital promise to rescue the economy by sending out redistributive “tax rebates.” But the latest economic proposal, dubbed The Atlas Solution, takes wishful thinking to absurd new heights (or should that be lows?). The plan is from a New York shopping center, which is planning on giving away money to stimulate retail shopping. Of course, nothing is added or taken away from the economy by this plan—it is simply redistributed.

“Giving away $20,000 will not solve a thing. Nor would giving away $342.8 billion dollars, if every shopping center in the country was silly enough to do the same thing,” Michael Shedlock writes. (Hat tip: FT Alphaville.)

By far the best is the return of WIN pins in the form of stickers reading “I support the Economy!” The brilliant minds behind the Atlas Solution propose wearing the stickers as their number one solution to our declining economy.