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Overstock.com CEO Exploring Sale To Fund Blockchain-Backed Global Property Venture

It’s fairly easy to categorize Patrick Byrne, the founder of Overstock.com, as a visionary, although he is usually described in less glowing terms in the mainstream media, a typical adjective being “controversial”. Byrne founded the $1.4 billion internet retailer of mainly “closeout” merchandise in 1997. In January 2014, Overstock became the first major online retailer […]


Learning From The ’80s: The Power And Irony Of “MDuh”

Authored by Daniel Nevins via FFWiley.com, Forget about big hair, Ray-Bans, and Donkey Kong. Don’t even think about Live-Aid, Thriller, and E.T. Above all else, the 1980s were the gravy days of the money supply aggregates. Beginning in late 1979, the Fed built its policy approach around the aggregates – primarily M1 but occasionally M2, […]


How Uncle Sam Inflates Away Your Life

Authored by MN Gordon via EconomicPrism.com, “Inflation is always and everywhere a monetary phenomenon,” once remarked economist and Nobel Prize recipient Milton Friedman.  He likely meant that inflation is the more rapid increase in the supply of money relative to the output of goods and services which money is traded for. As more and more […]


How The American Dream Turned Into Greed & Inequality

Authored by Alberto Gallo via WEForum.org, The American Dream is broken. Paul Ryan, speaker of the House of Representatives, recently stated that "in our country, the condition of your birth does not determine the outcome of your life." Yet the idea that every American has an equal opportunity to move up in life is false. […]


The Cycle of Falling Interest, Gold and Silver Report 12 Nov 2017

Over the past few weeks, we have looked at the effects of falling interest rates: falling discount applied to future cash flows (and hence rising stock and bond prices), and especially falling marginal productivity of debt (MPoD). Falling MPoD means that we get less and less GDP “juice” for each new dollar of borrowing “squeeze”. […]


Can Gradual Interest-Rate Tightening Prevent A Bust?

Authored by Frank Shostak via The Mises Institute, Fed policy makers are of the view that if there is the need to tighten the interest rate stance the tightening should be gradual as to not destabilize the economy. The gradual approach gives individuals plenty of time to adjust to the tighter monetary stance. This adjustment […]


Milton Friedman & Conservatives Are Wrong In Education

Authored by Jacob Hornberger via The Future of Freedom Foundation, Once upon a time, some conservatives used to call for the abolition of the U.S. Department of Education. Lamentably, conservatives today celebrate when a “free-market advocate” like multimillionaire Betsy DeVos is appointed U.S. Secretary of Education, and they get terribly excited when she speaks at […]


“Worse Than Big Tobacco”: How Big Pharma Fuels The Opioid Epidemic

Authored by Lynn Paramore via The Institute for New Economic Thinking, Once again, an out-of-control industry is threatening public health on a mammoth scale Over a 40-year career, Philadelphia attorney Daniel Berger has obtained millions in settlements for investors and consumers hurt by a rogues’ gallery of corporate wrongdoers, from Exxon to R.J. Reynolds Tobacco. […]


Rickards Warns “The Market’s Got It Wrong”

Authored by James Rickards via The Daily Reckoning, Janet Yellen’s mantra is, “It’s transitory!” That’s Yellen’s typical response to a long litany of data that shows the U.S. is in the grip of a powerful disinflationary trend that may lead to outright deflation – a central banker’s worst nightmare. The Fed has a publicly announced […]


Paul Tudor Jones Warns Disastrous “Wealth Disparity” Will End In “Revolution, Taxes, Or War”

Having previously warned of the "disastrous market mania," and told Janet Yellen to "be terrified" in April, legendary trader Paul Tudor Jones has a new message for CEOs, urging them to stop embracing the profit-above-all-else ethic creating massive wealth-inequality, or face the "tearing down of our civilization via war, revolution, or taxes." “One of the […]


The Sermon On The Mount[ain Of Debt]

Via Global Macro Monitor, “Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the national debt.” – President Herbert Hoover The Hoover administration thought there was no room and was ideologically opposed to fiscal expansion to stimulate aggregate demand.  Furthermore, Keynesian theory was not even developed at the time.  The General Theory of Employment, Interest and […]


Janet Yellen’s 78-Month Plan For The National Monetary Policy Of The United States

Authored by Economic Prism's MN Gordon via Acting-Man.com, Past the Point of No Return Adventures in depravity are nearly always confronted with the unpleasant reality that stopping the degeneracy is much more difficult than starting it.  This realization, and the unsettling feeling that comes with it, usually surfaces just after passing the point of no […]


What Do the Great Depression and the Great Recession Have in Common?

Authored by Steve H. Hanke of the Johns Hopkins University. Follow him on Twitter @Steve_Hanke. What follows are six questions and answers that were wedged between cocktails and a dinner hosted by Karl J. Feitelberg, Founder and Chairman of Sterling Resources Ltd. at the Castle Hill Inn, Newport, R.I. on July 24, 2017.     […]