Category Archives: Economics

Central Banks, Interest Rates, and Zombies

In 2013 I wrote an Overview of the U. S. Monetary System   describing what money is and how it is created; interactions of the Treasury, the Federal Reserve, and commercial banks; and government and trade deficits. Much of this … Continue reading

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Some High Yielding Investments

Individuals choose to save money for a variety of future expenditures, such as purchase of a car or a house, college costs, or retirement. It makes sense to allocate these savings into assets which grow in value with time or … Continue reading

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Folding and Electric Scooters and Bikes for Commuting the Last Mile

Many urban rapid transit systems have stations about a mile (1.6 km) apart. This leaves much of their service area a mile or more from the stations. Helping users to traverse this distance between the stations or bus stops and their … Continue reading

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Adventures in High-Yield Investing

On a different topic than the usual science-and-faith…Over the New Year’s holiday I reflected on how ten years from now I will likely be retired and living largely off the returns of whatever I have been able to invest by … Continue reading

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Understanding the Monetary System

This post is to introduce a tutorial which is posted up top as Monetary_System. It describes the workings of the our modern fiat monetary system, which differs significantly from the gold standard upon which classical economics theory was based. Many economics … Continue reading

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Ugly Map of European Unemployment

The Swedish economics blog Flute Thoughts has posted this map of 2011 employment by region in Europe: [I first saw this as a cross-post in Zerohedge].  This map calls attention to the differences between the “core” and “periphery”. On a country-by-country … Continue reading

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Euro Debt Update: Backdoor ECB Bailout Buys Some Time

A month ago we posted on the dynamics of the sovereign debt crisis in Europe. The BBC has published   a handy flowchart with graphs that explains the origins of the problem. It all goes back to the decision of countries (originally … Continue reading

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