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POSTED ON May 27, 2024  - POSTED IN Guest Commentaries

As the US devalues and burns through cash at a record-setting pace, gold continues to gain. Gold has risen 89% in the past five years, compared to a disappointing 0.7% for the US aggregate bond index (as of May 17, 2024, according to Bloomberg). Our guest commentator explains why the government is eroding our purchasing power, and what will happen next.

POSTED ON May 12, 2024  - POSTED IN Guest Commentaries

While in office, Trump blamed the Fed for tightening monetary policy. Now members of Trump’s team allegedly plan to give a re-elected Trump more power over the Fed, igniting panic from mainstream economists about a politicized Fed. Our guest commentator explains why the real risk, from the establishment’s perspective, is not that Trump will turn the Fed into a political organization but that he will expose that it already is one.

POSTED ON May 4, 2024  - POSTED IN Guest Commentaries

In April, the U.S. economy added a disappointing 175,000 jobs, falling short of expectations and nudging unemployment up to 3.9% (see current trends here). This signals a slowing economy that might force the Federal Reserve to put the guard rails back on. Our guest commentator gives a deeper look at a worrisome trajectory: while part-time jobs are on the rise, full-time employment has plummeted, hinting at a coming recession.

POSTED ON April 29, 2024  - POSTED IN Guest Commentaries

Beneath the sweet surface of our favorite treats lies a bitter reality: inflation has sent cocoa prices soaring to unprecedented heights. Once deemed the food of the gods and now a daily indulgence for millions, chocolate is facing a dramatic upheaval as wholesale cocoa prices have rocketed past $11,000 per ton. Our guest commentator explains why this startling surge is a result of meddling from the Fed, leaving chocolate lovers and manufacturers in a squeeze.

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POSTED ON April 7, 2024  - POSTED IN Guest Commentaries

On April 5 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt abandoned the gold standard, wielding questionable legal power amidst America’s dire economic depression. His whimsical approach to monetary policy, including coin flips and lucky numbers, unleashed unprecedented inflation and price increases that have since amounted to nearly 2500%. Our guest commentator explores this tragic history and the legacy of enduring economic turmoil that still plagues America today.

POSTED ON March 31, 2024  - POSTED IN Guest Commentaries

Welcome to the world of modern economics where the term “inflation” no longer signifies the increase in the quantity of money, but has evolved into a plethora of buzzwords. From “shrinkflation” to “greedflation,” these new terms and semantic shifts are by no means harmless but a manipulation of popular sentiment. Von Mises said they play “an important role in fomenting the popular tendencies toward inflationism.”

POSTED ON March 24, 2024  - POSTED IN Guest Commentaries

Assuming CPI measurements are not understatements, the dollar’s value has plummeted by a staggering one-fifth since 2020, yet, rather than acknowledging its role in fueling this economic turmoil, the Biden administration deflects, casting capitalism and corporate greed as the villains. The latest February CPI data show more signs of the upcoming inflation bloodbath.

POSTED ON March 16, 2024  - POSTED IN Guest Commentaries

The Federal Reserve is often viewed as a neutral guardian of the economy, tasked with safeguarding employment and ensuring stable prices. However, the Fed is run by individuals who, like anyone else, are swayed by certain motivations. Do the people behind the Fed truly have the incentive to remain impartial? Our guest commentator demystifies the notion of ‘Fed neutrality,’ revealing the intersections of politics and policy within its operations.

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