Category Archives: Economy

Walking the Path of Self Destruction

The era of stimmy checks and cheap consumer goods was fun while it lasted. Like a hot lunch, it always tastes better when free. The smell is more aromatic. The bites are more flavorful. Most of all, the belly leaves the table more contented. But is a free lunch ever really free? Continue reading

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Winnie the Pooh’s Adventures In Fairyland

Up until the Evergrande Group began stiffing creditors, Xi Jinping had it made. But being a communist dictator is serious business. And when the Ponzi finance structure underlying your country’s second largest property developer begins cascading down it’s no laughing matter. Continue reading

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Pipe Dream Economics

Fiscal policy, as opposed to monetary policy, is more readily understood by the average working stiff. Income taxes, budget deficits, the national debt. These are all tangible things people can grasp a hold of, if they care to. The consequences of zero interest rate policy (ZIRP) or quantitative easing (QE), however, are less obvious to the casual observer. Continue reading

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One Lockdown from Disaster

Implicit to the planner’s toils, is a shared sense that they know how to spend your money better than you. At best, the central planners call your money to Washington so they can then distribute it back to your friends and neighbors. In reality, the lawmakers call your money to Washington where they distribute it to their friends and neighbors – not yours. Continue reading

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