When reviewing all the things the Federal Reserve has gotten wrong over the years it is easy to focus on interest rates alone. After all, it is by manipulating interest rates that the Fed attempts to direct the US economy to some desired outcome. However, in many cases the Fed raising rates is little match for the animal spirits the Fed has already let loose. This mechanism of rising rates f
The classic role of finance in an economy was limited but incredibly important. In its classic role, financial services firms - primarily commercial banks - accumulated savings generated by society and directed them to the capital needs of business, the productive elements of society. The resulting capital investments led to increased production and a higher standard of living. Indeed, it is
The fact that over the last 25-years or so the United States simply lurches from one crisis to another is distressing, but it shouldn't be surprising. In this article the example provided by Lawrence Summers is used to show that with financial crises there seems to be little in the way of accountability or learning from the mistakes of the past. The AIG debacle of the housing bubble era was a
Frederic Bastiat said, "when plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." Stephen Friedman is the personification of Bastiat's observation. The manner in which Friedman capitalized on his privileged position as chairman of the NY Fed to earn millio
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