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The Looming Foreclosure Crisis: Local Governments Step In

Mortgage debt overhang from the housing bust has meant lack of middle-class spending power, and low consumer demand is preventing the economy from growing. The problem might be fixed by a new approach from the Fed. But if the Fed won’t act, counties will, as seen in the latest developments on eminent domain and litigation over MERS.

Posted on Jul 7, 2014 READ MORE



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Amend the Fed: We Need a Central Bank that Serves Main Street

Congress has the power to amend the Fed—just as it did in 1934, 1958 and 2010. For the central bank to satisfy its mandate to promote full employment and become an institution that serves all the people—not just the 1%—the Fed needs fundamental reform.

Posted on Dec 8, 2013 READ MORE



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Collateral Damage: QE3 and the Shadow Banking System

Rather than expanding the money supply, quantitative easing has actually caused it to shrink by sucking up the collateral needed by the shadow banking system to create credit. This “failure” has prompted the Bank for International Settlements to urge the Fed to shirk its mandate to pursue full employment, though the sort of QE that could fulfill that mandate has not yet been tried.

Posted on Jul 26, 2013 READ MORE



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Wall Street Doesn’t Like What Fed Chairman Has to Say

The Federal Reserve will continue to buy bonds at a rate of $85 billion a month, but Chairman Ben Bernanke said better economic indicators mean the central bank could end its quantitative easing policy in 2014.

Posted on Jun 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Elizabeth Warren’s QE for Students: Populist Demagoguery or Economic Breakthrough?

Only one proposal promises relief for millions of students whose loan interest rates will double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent this July—Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s “Bank on Students Loan Fairness Act.”

Posted on Jun 14, 2013 READ MORE



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How Congress Could Fix Its Budget Woes Permanently

Money today is simply a legal agreement between parties. Nothing backs it but “the full faith and credit of the United States.” The United States could issue its credit directly to fund its own budget, just as our forebears did in the American colonies and as Abraham Lincoln did in the Civil War.

Posted on Feb 14, 2013 READ MORE



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The Trillion Dollar Coin: Joke or Game-Changer?

The trillion dollar coin represents one of the most important principles of popular prosperity ever conceived: the creation of money by sovereign governments, debt-free.

Posted on Jan 18, 2013 READ MORE



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Pick Paul Krugman, Mr. President

The Nobel Prize-winning economist and public advocate is at the top of every liberal’s wish list for President Obama’s second-term Cabinet appointments.

Posted on Jan 5, 2013 READ MORE



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Why QE3 Won’t Jump-Start the Economy—and What Would

The economy could use a good dose of “aggregate demand”—new spending money in the pockets of consumers—but QE3 won’t do it. Neither will it trigger the dreaded hyperinflation. In fact, it won’t do much at all. There are better alternatives.

Posted on Sep 22, 2012 READ MORE



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Fed Attempts to Jump-Start the Economy

The Federal Reserve ended its do-little policy on Thursday, pledging to keep interest rates near zero and announcing an open-ended commitment to buy bonds and possibly take other steps to push the economy into motion.

Posted on Sep 13, 2012 READ MORE



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Treasury Projects a Profit From Bailout

Just as Mitt Romney has locked up the Republican nomination on a boast of fiscal conservatism, President Obama’s Treasury Department has said it expects to turn a tidy $2 billion profit from TARP and other extraordinary measures taken to bail out the financial industry.

Posted on Apr 15, 2012 READ MORE


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