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The Stock Market Has Officially Entered Crazytown Territory

 The Stock Market Has Officially Entered Crazytown Territory

It is time to crank up the Looney Tunes theme song because Wall Street has officially entered crazytown territory.  Stocks just keep going higher and higher, and at this point what is happening in the stock market does not bear any resemblance to what is going on in the overall economy ...

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How Government Cutbacks Ended Sweden’s Great Depression

How Government Cutbacks Ended Sweden’s Great Depression

During the recent financial crisis, Sweden has emerged as one of very few financially sound economies. The country’s strong position, setting it apart from most Western nations, makes it an interesting example of what could — or should — have been done. Indeed, Paul Krugman, the former economist ...

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Inflation Can Cause an Infinite Effective Tax Rate on Capital Gains

Inflation Can Cause an Infinite Effective Tax Rate on Capital Gains

Introduction

The United States' federal top capital gains tax rate is now 23.8 percent due to two tax increases at the start of 2013.[1] This is problematic, because the capital gains tax creates a bias against savings, slows economic growth, and places a double-tax on corporate profits. Although ...

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Who Needs the Debt Ceiling?

Who Needs the Debt Ceiling?

US lawmakers reached a budget deal this week that will avert the sequester cuts and shutdowns. These fiscal “roadblocks” supposedly damaged investor confidence in 2013, although clearly no one told equity investors who’ve chased the S&P 500 up 26 percent this year. But even so the budget deal ...

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Top Hedge Fund Manager Tom Conrad on Global Equity Trends and Blown-Up Markets

Top Hedge Fund Manager Tom Conrad on Global Equity Trends and Blown-Up Markets

Introduction: Thomas D. Conrad, Ph.D. is currently a hedge fund manager and president of Financial Management Corporation. He received his Masters Degree in Accounting, Statistics, and Financial Management from The University of Maryland in 1961 and his Ph.D. in Business Administration from ...

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The NAFTA Myth

The NAFTA Myth

Editor’s Note: The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was approved by Congress 20 years ago this month. Rothbard’s essay on NAFTA, reprinted below, is available in the collection Making Economic Sense.

For some people, it seems, all you have to do to convince them of the free enterprise ...

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The Fed Must Inflate

The Fed Must Inflate

The Fed is busy doing everything in its considerable power to get credit (that is, debt) growing again so that we can get back to what it considers to be "normal."

But the problem is that the recent past was not normal. You may have already seen this next chart. It shows total debt in the U.S. as a ...

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Bitcoin: Hoping for the Best After Bernanke's Endorsement

Bitcoin: Hoping for the Best After Bernanke's Endorsement

The strange convergence of Bernanke, Hayek and Bitcoin ... Every time Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke opens his mouth, the markets move. But few could have guessed that in an offhand remark he would add legitimacy to the Bitcoin, the virtual currency that competes with the American dollar as ...

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The Economics of ObamaCare

The Economics of ObamaCare

 Editor’s Note: For a more detailed analysis of this topic, sign up for Dr. Murphy’s 4-week online Mises Academy class, beginning November 20. The course will cover the standard arguments for government intervention in health care and health insurance, including the common claim that ...

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