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April 2011



Moving In the Right Direction

April 29, 2011 – Comments (8)

It's not always easy to get the media to move towards the truth, but while they find themselves defending gov't misinformation they sometimes have to ask questions.  This just happened at CNN, where a story was run "What happens if Congress blows the debt ceiling?"  [more]



MATH IS HARD! Help Me Understand, please!

April 28, 2011 – Comments (5)

I need a little help understanding the financial media.  Today's jobless claims numbers rose to 429,000 (probably to be adjusted to 439,000 by next week), but the more interesting factoid from the article was this statement:  [more]



The Theft of Productivity

April 19, 2011 – Comments (51)

If there is one thing business leaders know, it is the importance of productivity.  GE knows this well, and their previous CEO Jack Welch commented on productivity often.  According to Welch, "A single percentage point increase in productivity translates into an extra $300 million of pretax income."   [more]



Keynes Dying Words!

April 18, 2011 – Comments (11)

It's amazing that so few people have ever heard the last words of John Maynard Keynes.  If they did, their would not be a world of debt today, but a world far closer to the Austrian School of Economics.  According to the story, Keynes lay dying when he told his nurse he saw the light of truth, that his mind finally connected all the dots and he told her to tell the world these final words (which she never did, because she didn't know what he was talking about).    [more]



The Ultimate Goal of Monetary Policy

April 07, 2011 – Comments (9)

Once in a great while people slip up and tell you EXACTLY what they really think.  This happened when Christina Romer, speaking on the "Daily Ticker" said the following at 1min 28 sec into the video: "If you in fact look at what QE does, it tends to lower long term interest rates, it tends to lower the price of the dollar, both of those things are good for ordinary families."  [more]

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