Jeffrey Snider is the Head of Global Research at Alhambra Partners.
Dec 4, 2020
The Failure of the Printing Press Birthed MMT and the Printing Press
When in November 2002 Ben Bernanke said all the Fed had to do was use this "printing press" thing to unlock some inflation, everyone just believed the man. No one would've dared...
Nov 20, 2020
The Economic Emergency In 2020 and Beyond Won't Be Covid
It was a bitter end to a few frenzied weeks. Worked up into a mob, throngs descended into the center of the city and ransacked the place. Shops were broken into, buildings damaged,...
Nov 13, 2020
Xi Jinping Is Mao, Only For His Focus to Be On Technology
For someone living in China, their hukou designation can make all the difference. Ostensibly a family-registration system with the government, functionally it is like a...
Nov 6, 2020
In 2020, Central Bankers Everywhere Are Being Exposed
In the race to pretend to debase, Europe’s central bank has pulled ahead of America’s. The ECB’s balance of digitally-printed bank reserves is rising fast while the...
Oct 30, 2020
The Dollar Disease Well Predates the Coronavirus
A shocking disease about which we know very little even though it has been running rampant for seemingly a long time already. Not COVID. As sad as it may be, there’s more...
Oct 23, 2020
Central Banks Trying to Create Inflation Is An Old Laugh Line
Aware, but don’t fully understand. Doing something, though only just to make it look like something is being done. Never truly radical enough because what’s radical is...
Oct 16, 2020
Bond Yields Are Really Quite Easy to Understand
Marvin Goodfriend was nominated by President Trump to a seat on the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors in November 2017. Within months, the Senate’s Banking Committee...
Oct 9, 2020
Decentralized Money Is the Future. Just Ask Al Gore
Everyone knows the joke about how it was Al Gore who invented the internet. The former Vice President and Senator said as much in a March 1999 interview with CNN’s Wolf...
Oct 2, 2020
There Have Long Been Too Many 'Have Nots' In the U.S.
Some people continue to claim it’s much ado about nothing. Or, at most, not unlike what we’ve seen and been through before. There has always been an undercurrent of...
Sep 25, 2020
The Economic Recovery Story Is As Fake As Ever
In early October 2015, former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke stopped by the op-ed pages of the Wall Street Journal on his way to taking his victory lap. Poised for...
Sep 18, 2020
If Jerome Powell Has a Middle Name, It Might Well Be Bert
It has been a long time since Bert the Turtle has been a mainstream star. For many of the Baby Boomer generation, and even some Gen X-ers, who could forget the cartoon reptile...
Sep 11, 2020
A Deflationary Mindset That Isn't In Our Minds
The timing could not have been worse, though in the grand scheme of things it is just perfect. It was barely two weeks ago when Jay Powell was announcing what he and others were...
Sep 4, 2020
Murphy's Law Is Fed's Law, and Everything Is Wrong
As it turns out, there actually was a Murphy. His now ubiquitous American idiom, Murphy’s Law, is well-known to everyone: whatever can go wrong, will go wrong. The reason...
Aug 28, 2020
The World's On Fire Because the Growth Never Was
They didn’t do these things in those days. This was before the current age of transparency in central banking, back when Montagu Norman’s dictum was more widely regarded....
Aug 21, 2020
Businesses Shun Innovation. They Just Want IOER.
On March 26, 2018, Chinese authorities began allowing seven different grades of crude oil to be traded on Shanghai’s International Energy Exchange. Since this specific...
Aug 14, 2020
Low Rates Aren't a Central Bank Providing Accommodation
It was an especially tense exchange. The Fed Chairman was trying to withstand withering criticism from an openly hostile and substantial segment of Congress. It was the hot summer of...
Aug 7, 2020
How the Bond Market Currently Describes Our Situation
The year 1930 was certainly one of the most unique in history, the majority of it anyway. Sandwiched between the massive stock market shake-up begun the prior October, in 1929, and...
Jul 31, 2020
Jerome Powell Is a Barely Adequate Writer of Fiction
You know something’s truly amiss when the government reports the economy has just experienced its worst quarter maybe ever and hardly anyone cares. For one thing, it’s...
Jul 24, 2020
Socialism Is a Consequence of an Economy That Hasn't Grown for 12 Years
Sylvain Maréchal would write in the Manifesto of Equals in the confused and economically devastated France of 1796 that, “We demand real equality, or Death;...
Jul 17, 2020
What Capitalism Can Do When Allowed, And Communism Never Will
Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990 “for his leading role in the peace process which today characterizes important parts of the...
Jul 10, 2020
Socialism Would Have Been Easy to Discredit, Had There Been Growth
Each time it was tried, they were rushed. Revolutionary leadership may be many things, but one thing they haven’t been historically is patient. There’s a whole lot of...
Jun 26, 2020
A Massive Problem That Has Them Searching For One
For most people, I suspect, they’d be unaware of what has been lurking in the shadows for so long, for the better part of a decade, that today the purported wisdom of it is...
Jun 19, 2020
The Economic Boom You Heard About Never Really Was
It was like something out of a nightmare, the 21st Century’s infatuation with zombies maybe taking its root from the very real terrors of the 19th Century. When it...
Jun 12, 2020
Buckle Up, We're Nowhere Close to Done With This
The great euphoria surrounding the May 2020 payroll report didn’t even last a week. It should never have taken place. There is a meaningful difference between people getting...
Jun 5, 2020
Millions Won't Die, But Things Will Never Be the Same
In 1931, as the Great Depression tightened its grip on the world, Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw accompanied Lady Nancy Astor on a highly publicized trip to the Soviet Union....
May 29, 2020
What's Next Isn't a Flood. It's Downright Historical.
Companies in the US as well as around the world have participated in an all-out debt binge. This hasn’t been because of the Federal Reserve’s actions; on the contrary,...
May 22, 2020
The Monetary Circus of Today Is Real, And It's Legal
You can always tell what won’t happen by the way in which Congress titles its laws. In March 1980, President Carter was fighting for re-election. While the Soviets had invaded...
May 15, 2020
The Price of the U.S. Dollar Is Ultimately Our Problem
A sign of weakness, strength, or something else altogether? Back in ’85 when government officials got together at the Plaza Hotel in New York and told the world they controlled...
May 8, 2020
The Fairy Tale of Monetary Control
It can be an amazing thing to discover. While conducting primary research by going back into actual historical records, finding gems of this kind is a unique, sometimes satisfying...
May 1, 2020
Ignore the Shutdown, the U.S. Was Already Depressed
Germany’s government was only just beginning to tackle the problem. Chancellor Angela Merkel had earlier advised German states to cancel any events where large groups might...
Apr 24, 2020
Don't Count On the Fed to Engineer a V-Shaped Recovery
It was a pandemic, of sorts, a diseasing infestation that demanded the strictest economic curtailment. The consequences of the resulting quarantine and shutdown were extreme, so...
Apr 17, 2020
It's Decidedly Not the Math. It's Always People
The government of Great Britain had sunk more than £17,000 in Charles Babbage’s project by 1832 and wanted to see what had been accomplished with the funds. Babbage was a...
Apr 3, 2020
The Monetary Authorities Aren't Capable People
In 1953, Milton Friedman staked his case for the demise of fixed exchange rates. The classical gold standard, he argued, had been a one-time aberration. The dramatic growth of the...
Mar 27, 2020
Fire All the Central Bankers While There's Something to Salvage
Eurodollar futures contracts are cash settled using an index tied to 3-month LIBOR. Therefore, it can pay handsomely to figure out where 3-month LIBOR will be at specific points in...
Mar 20, 2020
Neither the Crisis Nor Its Timing Is Random
This isn’t random. Neither the crisis nor its timing. If it feels a lot like 2008 right now that’s because, in large part, nothing was learned from the first Global...
Mar 13, 2020
The Fed Can't Fix a Crisis That Justifies Its Very Existence
It is very easy at times like these to slip into the old comforts of grand historical figures. Given the nature of the incidents, a viral infection of illiquidity upon the world,...
Mar 6, 2020
The Only Thing That's Normal Is How Nothing Is
As the Federal Reserve struggles desperately trying to sort out its rate policy situation, the debate still rages as to whether or not the recent small-scale asset purchase program...
Feb 28, 2020
There's No Floor Under Yields. There Never Was.
In John Maynard Keynes’ The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money, the concluding chapters deal with, among other problems, the possibility of persistently low...
Feb 21, 2020
It's Not the 'Currency Wars,' This Is THE Currency War
What do you do if you find your country in the midst of a currency war? For Brazil’s Finance Minister in early 2011 the response seemed clear enough. After all, it had been...
Feb 14, 2020
Powell Is a Duck Dressed In a Tattered, Old Bear Costume
He was a bear who was surrounded by ducks, and so one day he decided to slaughter some ducks to show he was still a bear. That was how one Russian political analyst put the March...
Feb 7, 2020
Sooner or Later This Fake Economic Boom Will End
Standing for reelection that year, the President motored up to Capitol Hill for the annual tradition of the State of the Union. Having come into office under tumultuous...
Jan 31, 2020
There's No Money To Be Made In Money Anymore
In the wake of last September’s repo outbreak, the Federal Reserve under Chairman Jay Powell decided his institution needed to do two things simultaneously. The central bank...
Jan 24, 2020
Yield Curve Inversion Is a Signal, Not An Event
The name Arturo Estrella rings only specific bells whenever his name is brought up. Credited with “discovering” the predictive power of the yield curve, what Dr. Estrella...
Jan 17, 2020
Central Banks Are Rate Followers, Not Rate Setters
On September 21, 2011, Ben Bernanke’s Fed announced Operation Twist. Actually, it was Twist #2 since the Fed had first thought up and executed a program like it all the way...
Jan 10, 2020
There Are No Winners In This Economy. Even the Winners Are Losing.
Back in January 2003, Mexico’s Undersecretary of Commerce, Maria del Rocio Ruiz, admitted to the LA Times, “We cannot export $6 jeans.” Her country was at a...
Jan 3, 2020
The Decade Ends In the Same Place As It Began
What a way to end one decade and begin another – in the same place. Though they are separated by a whole lot more than just the Pacific Ocean, they are institutions caught up...
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