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How Government Inaction Ended The Depression Of 1921

Authored by Lew Rockwell via Mises Canada, As the financial crisis of 2008 took shape, the policy recommendations were not slow in coming: why, economic stability and American prosperity demand fiscal and monetary stimulus to jump-start the sick economy back to life. And so we got fiscal stimulus, as well as a program of monetary […]

The Coming Economic Downturn In Canada

Authored by Deb Shaw via MarketsNow.com, Canadian GDP growth has outperformed this year, helping the Canadian dollar As GDP growth slows and the Bank of Canada turns neutral, catalysts turning negative Crude oil and real estate look set for a downturn, with negative implications for the currency Given its natural resource-based economy, Canada is a […]

We Are Already In Depression (If Borrowing Money Is Not Income)

Via Baker & Company Advisory Group, The U.S. economy is not as solid as it appears. Statistical anomalies hide profound weakness. I will examine actual GDP and actual employment. Warning: not for the faint of heart. Do you consider debt as income? Before you answer that, let’s perform a thought experiment. Imagine that you had taken […]

More Spending Does Not Drive More Employment

Authored by Per Bylund via The Mises Institute, It is almost universally asserted today that consumer spending drives employment. This thesis gives support to the general Keynesian idea that government should “stimulate” the economy when it is suffering from a recession, whether it is through fiscal or monetary policy. Glorious Spending At the core, the […]

The Government Debt Paradox: Pick Your Poison

Authored by EconomicPrism's MN Gordon, annotated by Acting-Man's Pater Tenebrarum, Lasting Debt “Rule one: Never allow a crisis to go to waste,” said President Obama’s Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel in November of 2008.  “They are opportunities to do big things.”   Rahm Emanuel looks happy. He should be – he is the mayor of […]

Japan GDP Surges 4%, Most In Two Years, On Jump In Government Stimulus Spending

Japan’s economy grew by 1% sequentially, and 4% on an annualized basis in Q2, smashing expectations of a 2.5% print and well above the upward revised 1.5% in the first quarter; it was also the the highest quarterly growth since a 5% print in Q2 2015, Japan’s Cabinet Office reported, and the 6th consecutive quarter […]