Booms and Busts

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Japan’s Wild Monetary Experiment Is Far From Over

Booms and BustsBusiness CyclesMoney and Banking


The Yen remains strong for a variety of reasons. Restrained monetary policy in Japan isn't one of them.

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The Skyscraper Index Meets the Supertanker Index

Booms and BustsGlobal EconomyMonetary TheoryMoney and Banking


Ships aren’t cheap to purchase. But when financing is abnormally cheap and expectations of future business are rosy, it stands to reason that shipping companies would put in a raft of orders.

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Greenspan not to blame?

Booms and BustsThe Fed


Jeffrey Tucker offers insights into Greenspan's role in the 2008 economic crash.

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The Austrian Theory of the Trade Cycle and Other Essays Now Available in Japanese

Booms and BustsBusiness CyclesOther Schools of Thought


Thanks to the great Tatsuya Iwakura, who has translated numerous books by Austrian economists into Japanese, The Austrian Theory of the Trade Cycle and Other Essays, edited by Richard Ebeling, is now available as a Kindle book in Japanese.

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A Boom Town Recession That Could Save Us All

Big GovernmentBooms and BustsThe FedGlobal EconomyU.S. HistoryWar and Foreign PolicyBusiness CyclesGold Standard


Recessions are good for an economy because they involve a resolution process, but a big recession for this boom town could be great for the world economy.

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Salerno Reviews Grant's The Forgotten Depression

Booms and BustsU.S. History


Joseph Salerno reviews James Grant's new book The Forgotten Depression — 1921: The Crash That Cured Itself in the spring 2016 issue of The Independent Review.

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Downtrend in Money-Supply Growth Poses a Threat to Bubble Activities

Booms and BustsThe FedMoney and Banks


While the declining trend growth in money supply is bad news for bubbles, it is actually great news for wealth generators.

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The Container Ship Curse?

Booms and BustsGlobal EconomyBusiness Cycles


The world's largest container ship just entered a US port. Just in time for record low levels in the Baltic Dry Shipping Index, which is a measure of how much ships can charge.

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Rothbard’s Depression Analysis Is Now More Relevant than Ever

Booms and BustsMoney and BanksMoney and Banking


It is high time to turn to Rothbard in the search for advice. His recipe for dealing with depressions and how to avoid turning a recession into a depression is of timeless relevance.

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Is the Fed Flashing A Recession Sign?

Booms and BustsThe FedBusiness Cycles


This little known chart is the Fed's attempt to anticipate a recession in the US economy. The reading from last November is only 3.84%, but that is higher than all but 3 months when a recession did not immediately proceed.

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