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Category Archive: economy

  1. Money Supply And Economic Data Weekly Watch – Good News, The End Is Near!

    Money Sup­ply and Other Eco­nomic Data Money sup­ply as mea­sured by sea­son­ally adjusted M2 didn’t change much dur­ing the week end­ing Octo­ber 16th.  It was down slightly but still is hold­ing its newly inflated lev­els after weeks of the Fed­eral Reserve stim­u­lat­ing money sup­ply.  At least for now, shrink­ing real money sup­ply, i.e., money sup­ply going […] [read full story]

    Posted in: Credit Crisis, Economic Statistics, economy, Federal Funds Rate, Federal Reserve, Finance, monetary policy, Money Supply
  2. Money Supply and Economic Data Weekly Watch – We’re In Orbit Now!!

    A few weeks ago I wrote that money sup­ply was about to blast off. And, last week the data showed that the Fed was pump­ing money (as mea­sured by M2 on a sea­son­ally adjusted basis) into the sys­tem at greater than a 100% annu­al­ized rate. Well, this week we’ve reached orbit and are cir­cling the […] [read full story]

    Posted in: Economic Statistics, economy, Euro, European Union, Federal Funds Rate, Federal Reserve, Finance, Fiscal Policy, Liquidity Trap, M2, Money Supply
  3. Ten reasons why I am glad to be doing business in America

    I am glad to be doing busi­ness in the U.S. and I think that the U.S. is going to emerge from the cur­rent cri­sis stronger and more dom­i­nant than ever before. David Leon­hardt wrote today in the New York Times that the U.S. is “a power that may not stay so super”. I dis­agree. A […] [read full story]

    Posted in: Business Environment, Confidence, David Leonhardt, economy, Finance, Law, New York Times, UNITED STATES
  4. Money Supply And Economic Data Weekly Watch – Reprint of A New York Times Economix Blog Post

    Octo­ber 4, 2008, 6:02 pm Will Paulson’s Two Plans Unplug the ‘Liq­uid­ity Trap’? By Mark Sun­shine Editor’s note: Mark Sun­shine, pres­i­dent of the com­mer­cial lend­ing insti­tu­tion First Cap­i­tal, writes a guest post about why we may be head­ing into what’s called a liq­uid­ity trap. This means that mon­e­tary pol­icy, includ­ing interest-rate changes, can’t pre­vent a […] [read full story]

    Posted in: BANKS, Deflation, Economic Statistics, economy, Finance, Fiscal Policy, GDP, Great Depression, Liquidity Trap, M2, monetary policy, Money Supply, Paulson, Tax policy, Wachovia, Wells Fargo
  5. FDIC Insurance limits – I have to eat some humble pie!!" rel="bookmark">FDIC Insurance limits – I have to eat some humble pie!!

    Today I have to eat some hum­ble pie. I was wrong in my blog over the week­end about why we didn’t need an increase in FDIC deposit insur­ance lim­its. I clearly did not under­stand that such an increase is a good idea because it would pro­vide the “grease” nec­es­sary to lubri­cate Con­gress and pass the Paul­son plan. […] [read full story]

    Posted in: BANKS, economy, FDIC, Finance, Paulson
  6. Money Supply and Economic Data Weekly Watch – Hold On Tight Cos I’m Afraid Of Heights!

    Hold on tight cos I’m afraid of heights and it’s time for blast off. Money sup­ply is on a one way ticket to the moon and we are going along for the ride. After 6 months of real money sup­ply shrink­age, this week’s Fed release of money sup­ply and its bal­ance sheet points to a rapid […] [read full story]

    Posted in: Bush Administration, Credit Crisis, economy, Federal Reserve, Finance, M2, Paulson
  7. The Government Bailout Wheel Makes Me Dizzy – A Guest Blog by Joseph Healey

    Remem­ber when you were a kid in the play­ground and your bud­dies caught you on that spin­ning metal wheel? They would spin the wheel faster and faster as you grabbed the metal bars for dear life and screamed Stop! Well I for one am feel­ing that same nau­se­ated feel­ing as I watch Trea­sury Sec­re­tary Paul­son […] [read full story]

    Posted in: BANKS, Credit Crisis, Economic Statistics, economy, Finance, Guest Blog, Joseph Healey, Paul O'Neil, Paulson
  8. McCain: “Fire Cox”; Sunshine: “McCain’s wrong. Fire Cox and then exile him. His family can stay…they aren’t guilty.”

    Almost all paths of incom­pe­tence in the cur­rent cri­sis run through the office of the Chair­man of the SEC, Chris Cox. McCain’s solu­tion to fire Cox isn’t tough enough. Exile is bet­ter. For­tu­nately for Cox this isn’t the Stal­in­ist Soviet Union or his fate could be a lot worse. Cox’s fail­ures are too numer­ous to count. […] [read full story]

    Posted in: Accounting, Chris Cox, Disclosure, economy, FAS 157, FAS 159, FASB, McCain, SEC, Short Selling
  9. Money Supply and Economic Data Weekly Watch – Smokey the Bear Says, “If you start a fire, put it out. Only you can prevent wildfires.”

      OK. I admit it. Nei­ther Ben Bernanke nor Hank Paul­son looks like Smokey the Bear (although Smokey does resem­ble my dog, Kelly). But like fire­fight­ers try­ing to save the for­est, the dynamic duo are fever­ishly try­ing to save the U.S. econ­omy from an eco­nomic wild­fire by drown­ing the cri­sis with liq­uid­ity. Every week I […] [read full story]

    Posted in: BANKS, Bernanke, Credit Crisis, Deflation, Economic Statistics, economy, Fannie Mae, Federal Funds Rate, Federal Reserve, Finance, FOX BUSINESS NETWORK, Freddie Mac, Great Depression, Inflation, M1, M2, monetary policy, Money Supply, Paulson