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After Shocking Fundraising Totals, Bernie Sanders Defends European-Style Socialism

Bernie Sanders's presidential bid is already creating more of a stir than expected. He is not just running against Clinton. He's targeting an entire system.

Gold Holds At Minor Support

Gold held at minor support, but needs to lift off to get out of danger. Click here to download complete report in pdf format (Professional Edition Subscribers). Try the Professional Edition, including this Precious Metals update risk free for thirty days. If, within that time you don’t find the information useful, I will give you…

Why can't central banks monetise something else?

Other than government bonds? That's a rhetorical question. They can. David Andolfatto has gone over to the Dark Side, and all the lefty keynesians are celebrating their new convert to Big Government Deficits. (Tongue in cheek warning.) Not so fast....

Greg Mankiw Forgot What He Teaches

By James Kwak I’ve written several times about what I call the Economics 101 ideology: the overuse of a few simplified concepts from an introductory course to make sweeping policy recommendations (while branding any opponents as ignorant simpletons). The most … Continue reading ?

Buffett: Raising interest rates hard as Europe struggles

Says that raising U.S. rates now would make the dollar even stronger and hurt U.S. exports

Sentiment shift on US inflation expectations

We seem to be undergoing a market sentiment change as fresh signs appear that US inflation has bottomed.Commodity markets are firmer, particularly industrial metals. We've seen nickel prices moving up sharply a couple of days back (see chart). Here is...

McDonald's to detail latest turnaround plans

Fast food giant is fighting competition from a variety of players and has admitted that it failed to keep up with changing tastes

China stimulus hopes, Wall St. rebound boost markets

Futures augured a positive start on Wall Street: Dow futures rose 0.4 percent, and S&P 500 futures were up 0.3 percent

Consumers navigate toward connected cars

From built-in Wi-Fi to electric vehicles to autonomous driving, people want cars that are more like consumer electronics

Black Knight March Mortgage Monitor: "Negative Equity Population Shrinks to Just Over 4 Million"

Black Knight Financial Services (BKFS) released their Mortgage Monitor report for March today. According to BKFS, 4.70% of mortgages were delinquent in March, down from 5.36% in February. BKFS reported that 1.55% of mortgages were in the foreclosure process, down from 2.13% in March 2014.This gives a total of 6.25% delinquent or in foreclosure. Show More Summary

Monday Smackdown: Obamacare Doomsday Cult Struggles to Adapt: Jonathan Chait on Michael Tanner

An excellent piece by the very sharp and thoughtful Jonathan Chait. The remarkable thing is that Republican ideologues could, right now, be taking a huge victory lap with the apparent success of ObamaCare. All they had to say was: "this is really RomneyCare." But they didn't. Show More Summary

Grand Central: Bernanke Missive Fires at Taylor Rule, Misses Financial Stability

Ben Bernanke is much feistier as a public commentator than he was as Federal Reserve chairman. One knock on Mr. Bernanke during his tenure as Fed chief was that he was too deferential to dissenting views, which sometimes slowed or muted the Fed’s responses to the 2007-2009 financial crisis and its after-effects.

A Note on Income Inequality, Its Social Cost, and the Political Economy of the Second Gilded Age

[Over at Equitable Growth:][1] I have never gotten it straight whether Vladimir Lenin actually did say: "The worse, the better." But Eduardo Porter does!: >The bloated incarceration rates and rock-bottom life expectancy, the unraveling families and the stagnant college graduation rates amount to an existential threat to the nation’s future. Show More Summary

Goldman Sachs May Sell Coal Mines –Energy Journal

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. is in talks to sell its Colombia coal mines at a loss, according to people familiar with the negotiations, Ianthe Jeanne Dugan reports. Goldman faced protests, falling coal prices, an environmental law and the...Show More Summary

Global Central Banks Calendar for the Week of May 4 – 8, 2015

A calendar of events, speeches and policy statements from central banks around the world this week.

Syriza Emulates Nixon Going to China in a Bad Way

It's painful to watch the Greek ruling coalition unwittingly do the creditors' work by wringing Greece dry of cash more aggressively than Pasok or New Democracy would have dared to.

Michael O'Hare on Art Museums

Michael O'Hare of the University of California, Berkeley talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the management of art museums. O'Hare suggests a number of changes that would allow museums to be more effective and to justify their...Show More Summary

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