Central Banking

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

My theory: the paper is written for bankers and policy makers of an older generation who have heretofore ignored or dismissed crypto-based innovations. They might know something about money and banking. But they know next to nothing about computer science, digital resources, and cryptography. As a result, the paper speaks in the plainest-possible English about these technical topics. It then turns to debunking the most common myths about crypto.

Sunday, January 14th, 2018

Immediately following the inauguration in 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt focussed on what his advisers told him was the real problem: the fall in the prices of everything. The theory, which is completely wrong, is that falling prices were causing the fall in productivity. They believed that by boosting the prices of stocks and other financials, in addition to commodities, profits and wages would rise and recovery would dawn. They would achieve this by wrecking the dollar. 

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

Banks improved financial intermediation, but also made it much easier for rulers to reallocate resources to the themselves while indirectly imposing costs on society at large.

Monday, January 1st, 2018

Allan H. Meltzer’s influence as a monetary historian is undeniable. His role in advancing monetary disequilibrium theory should not be overlooked.

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

A new NBER working paper explains how too-big-to-fail policy encourages risky investments by small banks as well.

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

The extreme focus on price level stability should have been put to rest by the 2008 financial crisis. But conflicting narratives have enabled it to live on.

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

The Fed's balance sheet crowds out bank lending, stifling economic growth.

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

If we want sound money, we cannot afford to ignore the political process.

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

Just how much will peoples’ attitudes have to change to allow widespread adoption of a private cryptocurrency like Bitcoin or Ethereum?

Monday, September 18th, 2017

What would happen if Bitcoin’s and Ethereum’s biggest competitor in the cryptocurrency space was the U.S. Federal Reserve? A new report issued by the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) considers whether central banks should issue their own cryptocurrencies.

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

The previous post presented Hayek’s knowledge problem in the context of the economic calculation debate under socialism. We discussed the distinction (sometimes overlooked) between information and knowledge .

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

In my previous posts, Andreas Hoffmann and I discussed the problem of unintended consequences in monetary policy, particularly as applied to the U.S. Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank in the context of the 2008 crisis.

Sunday, July 16th, 2017

The Federal Reserve’s (Fed) and European Central Bank’s (ECB) policy responses to the recent financial disasters offer two tales of unintended consequences.

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017
Cheap money becomes very expensive in the long run. In my new book, “Escape from the Central Bank Trap” (Business Expert Press), I explain that central banks are using the same inflationary policies that led us to the financial crisis.
Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
Another brilliant piece by Judy Shelton: "As Ukrainians mourn their dead and vow to prosecute their recently deposed leader, the valor of those who died must now inspire others to build a new Ukraine worthy of their struggle and sacrifice.
Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
by Allan H. Meltzer, Carnegie Mellon University and Hoover Institution
Friday, November 22nd, 2013
By Steve Hanke   Well, it’s official, the economic talking- head establishment has declared war on Germany. The opening shots in this battle were fired by none other than the United States Treasury Department,