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How the Federal Reserve can gird for the next crash

The central bank can no longer administer its preferred cure for America's economic woes -- is there an alternative remedy?

Clinton to announce plan to “jumpstart” small businesses

Clinton will hold a conference call with small business owners on Tuesday afternoon

“The dollar will go down in value and inflation will start rearing its ugly head,”

So spake Donald J. Trump, September 13, 2012. Here’s what actually happened. Figure 1: Log real value of US dollar against broad basket of currencies, 2012M09=0 (blue, left scale), and year on year CPI-all inflation, % (red, right scale). Source: Federal Reserve Board, BLS and author’s calculations. If it’s not obvious, these predictions did not […]

Ex-pharma CEO Martin Shkreli weighs in on skyrocketing EpiPen prices

Price for life-saving EpiPens has gone up by nearly 500 percent since 2009, and former head of Turing Pharmaceuticals Martin Shkreli? shares his take

Buy When There’s Blood In The Streets – Part 2 of Not The Best Time In History To Invest In Real Estate

Yesterday I began to show  why now is not the best time in history to invest in real estate, rebutting a column posted August 22 at Dow Jones Marketwatch. In fact, the headline This is the best time in history to invest in real estate...Show More Summary

It’s Time to Bring More Realistic Models of Human Behavior into Economic Policy and Regulation

David Halpern at Bank Underground: It’s time to bring more realistic models of human behaviour into economic policy and regulation: The Centre for Central Banking Studies recently hosted their annual Chief Economists Workshop, whose theme was “What can policymakers learn...

The U.S. Government Is Buying 11 Million Pounds of Cheese

Behold: cheese mountains. No longer mere tasty figments of your most sumptuous daydreams, giant stockpiles of cheese have been amassing all over the country for months. And now, the U.S. government is going to buy them. According to a press release from the U.S. Show More Summary

Wednesday: Existing Home Sales

Note: I'm in New York and posting will not be frequent (too much to do and see).Thanks to Joe Weisenthal for having me on Bloomberg's WDYM. And Barry Ritholtz on his MIB radio and podcast.Wednesday:At 7:00 AM ET, The Mortgage Bankers...Show More Summary

Liveblogging the American Revolution: August 24, 1778: General Orders,

George Washington: _[General Orders][]_: [General Orders]: http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/03-16-02-0397 >Parole Framingham—C. Signs Fez—France. >Brigade returns of all the horses in each Regiment and by whom kept to be made out immediately and delivered in to the orderly Office by 12 ôClock tomorrow. Show More Summary

Liveblogging the Cold War: August 23, 1946: Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt: _[My Day][]_: [My Day]: https://www.gwu.edu/~erpapers/myday/displaydoc.cfm?_y=1946&_f=md000425 >NEW YORK, Thursday--None of us can help being worried and indignant over the shooting down of two of our unarmed transport planes which had wandered over the Yugoslav border. Conceding that there may be some hidden reason why our planes are forbidden to...

Liveblogging the American Revolution: August 22, 1778: Battle of Rhode Island

Wikipedia: _[Battle of Rhode Island][]_: [Battle of Rhode Island]: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Rhode_Island >Since d'Estaing's fleet outnumbered Howe's, the French admiral, fearful that Howe would be further reinforced and eventually gain a numerical advantage, reboarded the French troops, and sailed out to do battle with Howe on August 10. As the two fleets...

Liveblogging the Cold War: August 21, 1946: The Marshall Mission to China

George C. Marshall: _[To Colonel Marshall S. Carter][]_: >August 21, 1946 Radio No. GOLD 1360. [Nanking, China] >Secret, Eyes Alone >Reference your WAR-97857.1 My view is as follows: situation critical in the extreme, small prospect for early termination of hostilities agreement—therefore likelihood great of spread of fighting into Jehol Province...

U.S. stocks notch modest gains just below records

Wall Street's advance follows a large increase in sales of new homes, with builders in particular getting a lift

Poor defendants say they face modern-day debtors' prison

Arkansas court accused of generating millions in revenue by illegally locking up people for failing to pay their debts

Surprise! New Home Sales Surge 12.37% To 654k SAAR, Back To 1995 Levels

New home sales surprised most analysts this morning. The post Surprise! New Home Sales Surge 12.37% To 654k SAAR, Back To 1995 Levels was originally published at The Wall Street Examiner. Follow the money!

Chemical Activity Barometer "Suggests Accelerated Business Activity"

Here is an indicator that I'm following that appears to be a leading indicator for industrial production.From the American Chemistry Council: Chemical Activity Barometer Suggests Accelerated Business Activity; Notches Sixth Consecutive...Show More Summary

Guest Contribution: “Trump’s Fiscal Brainstorm: Cut Taxes for the Rich”

Today, we present a guest post written by Jeffrey Frankel, Harpel Professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and formerly a member of the White House Council of Economic Advisers. This is an extended version of a column that appeared at Project Syndicate. Among the many ways in which this year’s US presidential election campaign […]

2:00PM Water Cooler 8/23/2016

Today's Water Cooler: USTR owie, Clinton's price for access, "Our Revolution" startup problems, Trump in striking distance, housing, Walmart

The Housing Market Is Finally Starting to Look Healthy

Millennials are in the mood to buy, and homebuilders are starting to produce more of the starter houses they demand.

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