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"Now the enriched country merely declares it is insolvent and spits on Its victims."

"Now the enriched country merely declares it is insolvent and spits on Its victims."

I can't help of thinking of events in the 1930s when I see the headlines in the financial media these days. One thing is the geopolitical situation - another thing is the new Greek government's attempt to negotiate a new debt deal with the EU.

Selgin on Haber and Calomiris

Selgin on Haber and Calomiris

There is no doubt that I very much like Stephen Haber and Charles Calomiris' great book "Fragile by Design" on the constitutional origin of banking crisis (take a look at my earlier posts on the book here and here)

Kuroda’s new team member – Yutaka Harada

Kuroda’s new team member – Yutaka Harada

If monetary policy is credible and strictly rules based who is running the central bank has little importance. However, if the central bank has not established full credibility then who is running the show will actually be important. Therefore, last week’s news that Yutaka Harada has been nominated for Bank of Japan’s board should certainly be noticed.

Jens Weidmann should be promoting (some of) Varoufakis’ ideas

Jens Weidmann should be promoting (some of) Varoufakis’ ideas

The new Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis is all over the international media these day and surprise, surprise he is making a lot more sense than a lot of people (including myself) had feared.

How to choose a ”good” monetary regime

How to choose a ”good” monetary regime

My recent trip to Iceland and my discussions there about the possible future changes to Iceland's monetary regime have inspired me a great deal in terms of organising some of my views on monetary matters in general.

Re-visiting Iceland - Options for monetary and currency reform in Iceland

Re-visiting Iceland - Options for monetary and currency reform in Iceland

Earlier this week I re-visited Iceland on the invitation of the Icelandic bank Islandsbanki. I had been invited to give a presentation on the topic of "Options for monetary and currency reform in Iceland" after the expected lifting of capital controls.

Draghi's golden oppurtunity - building the perfect firewall

Draghi's golden oppurtunity - building the perfect firewall

The ECB's large scale quantitative easing programme already has had some success - initially inflation expectations increased, European stock markets performed nicely and the euro has continued to weaken. This overall means that this effectively is monetary easing and that we should expect it to help nominal spending growth in the euro zone accelerate and thereby also should be expected to curb deflationary pressures.

'Draghi's framework' - a step in the right direction

'Draghi's framework' - a step in the right direction

It is no secret that I for years have been very critical about the ECB’s conduct of monetary policy. In fact I strongly believe that the mess we in Europe still are in mostly is due to monetary policy failure (even though I certainly do not deny Europe's massive structural problems).

What the SNB should have done

What the SNB should have done

I have got a lot of questions about what I think about the Swiss central bank’s (SNB) decision last week to give up its ‘floor’ on EUR/CHF - effectively revaluing the franc by 20% - and I must admit it has been harder to answer than people would think. Not because I in anyway think it was a good decision – I as basically everybody else thinks it was a terrible decision – but because I so far has been unable to understand how what I used to think of as one of the most competent central banks in the world is able to make such an obviously terrible decision.

Guess what 'currency' underperformed the rouble in 2014

Guess what 'currency' underperformed the rouble in 2014

2014 wasn't exactly a great year for the Russian rouble. However, there is a 'currency', which performed worse than the rouble in 2014...Bitcoin

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