Bernanke’s Bailout of Europe: You and I Will Pay.

Written by Gary North on November 25, 2011

The Federal Reserve System is called “the lender of last resort.” The trouble is, it is Europe’s lender of last resort. We have seen this repeatedly since 2008. Here is one example. Here is another. Most Americans are not interested in the crisis of the euro. Spain? Italy? Greece? It’s irrelevant to them, they think. […]

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Your Disappearing Pension

Written by Gary North on November 25, 2011

If you are planning to retire in comfort, you must make different plans from those your friends and peers are making. That’s because the conventional pension fund programs are in trouble. This article by John Rubino spells it out. First, only the rich will be able to enjoy a comfortable retirement. Americans are part of […]

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Mentally Kiss Your Pension Fund Money Goodbye

Written by Gary North on November 25, 2011

The main story of MF Global is that the crisis in Europe brought it down. Wrong story. The main story is that the firm dipped into customers’ paid-up accounts and moved the money. Where to? It’s not clear. How much money? It’s not yet clear. It may be over a billion dollars. This is illegal, […]

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Why Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party Are Opposed

Written by Gary North on November 23, 2011

Occupy Wall Street is the Left’s belated attempt to counter the Tea Party movement. The Tea Party caught the public’s attention through its spontaneous 2008 protest against the mess that Congress has produced. It is bringing this message to Americans: the government is too big. It spends too much money. It borrows too much money. […]

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False Choices in Europe: Integrate or Inflate.

Written by Gary North on November 23, 2011

The European disaster is the result of two very bad ideas: (1) partial political integration (rather than none) and (2) partial monetary integration (rather than none). Now that this experiment has blown up, the “cures” are supposedly these: more political integration (budgets) and more monetary integration for the non-PIIGS nations. A few people are saying […]

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China Moves Toward Recession, as Austrian Theory Predicts

Written by Gary North on November 23, 2011

The Austrian theory of the business cycle is clear: when a central bank inflates, it will produce a boom. When it slows the rate of monetary inflation, the result is economic recession. I have written about this here. China’s central bank has been the most inflationary of any industrial nation. Now it has slowed, because […]

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