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Stanford Exposes Rodgin Cohen’s Myth of the Myth of Regulatory Capture

By William K. Black Quito: March 19, 2015

Sometimes the fates conspire to bring together two stories that when considered together bring that lightbulb moment.  The first story, dated March 18, 2015, is from the Wall Street Journal.  It overwhelmingly conveys...

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The budget proposal put forth by House Republicans this week has been roundly criticized as yet another attempt to enact massive tax cuts that would redistribute money to the top at the expense of middle- and low-income families. Republicans contend these cuts would pay for themselves by producing rapid economic growth, which would create the...

Thursday, 19 March 2015 |

The Roundup for March 18th, 2015

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We travel back in time to the Soviet Union to hear some jazz!

International Politics

Overall

- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will still hold his position. So don’t expect him to be out of the U.S. picture anytime soon

- President Barack Obama, meanwhile, did not call Netanyahu to congratulate him on his election victory. In fact,...

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Riksbank cuts its main rate further into the red and will carry out fresh stimulus to dampen its currency strength...
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Borrowing in USD was risk-on; buying USD is risk-off.
There is a lively debate about the global demand for U.S. dollars:
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 |

The Value of the Right Ratio Is Zero

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The Value of the Right Ratio Is Zero

The public debt-to-GDP ratio is, perhaps, the most important measure used in discussions of the relative fiscal sustainability of nations. Nations with high levels of debt-to-GDP are viewed as having more serious fiscal problems than nations with lower levels. Nations having increasing ratios over time are...

Tuesday, 17 March 2015 |

The Roundup for March 16th, 2015

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We travel from Japan to Iceland for the sounds of Sigur Ros!

International Politics

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- All the focus, if you believe the Israeli narrative, should be on Iran’s alleged nuclear weapon program. However, this is a red herring considering Israel’s nuclear weapons and how insane the leadership is

- More drones are being traded across...

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Pierre Moscovici warns of potential "catastrophe" after strained debt negotiations...
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History is rather unkind to blind faith in central banks, just as the rising U.S. dollar and stagnant sales are being very unkind to corporate profits.
The quasi-religious faith that central banks can push stock markets ever higher regardless of real-world realities may well be tested in 2015-2016.  The global economy spiraling into recession...
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Most Western media and politicians overlooked Russian President Vladimir Putin’s rise to power. That could turn out to be a severe error with far-reaching consequences, especially in the energy sector....

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