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Chuck Norris beats Wolfgang Schäuble

Chuck Norris beats Wolfgang Schäuble

So far it is has been a remarkable week in the global financial markets. The ’deposit grab’ in Cyprus undoubtedly has shocked international investors and confidence in the ability of euro zone policy makers has dropped to an all-time low.

This is not a book - "Markets Matter, Money Matters"

This is not a book - "Markets Matter, Money Matters"

Since I started my blog back in October 2011 I written more than 550 blog posts. I have now collected a few of them. It is certainly not a book. It is completely unedited and I haven't thought much about the structure - you can choose to see it as a random collection of blog posts. But have a look at the non-book Markets Matter, Money Matters. I hope to be able to update it from time to time. God knows what it will turn into...

Fed NGDP targeting would greatly increase global financial stability

Fed NGDP targeting would greatly increase global financial stability

Just when we thought that the worst was over and that the world was on the way safely out of the crisis a new shock hit. Not surprisingly it is once again a shock from the euro zone. This time the badly executed bailout (and bail-in) of Cyprus. This post, however, is not about Cyprus, but rather on importance of the US monetary policy setting on global financial stability, but the case of Cyprus provides a reminder of the present global financial fragility and what role monetary policy plays in this.

Cyprus, bailouts and NGDP targeting

Cyprus, bailouts and NGDP targeting

Cyprus has received a bailout from the EU and the IMF. I don't want to waste my readers' time on my views on this issue, but I think that Ed Conway got it more or less right. This is from Ed's blog:

The ultimate sign of recovery - no reason to freak out about higher bond yields
Mr. Farage made me happy and then worried. UKIP should support NGDP level targeting

Mr. Farage made me happy and then worried. UKIP should support NGDP level targeting

If there is anything that the governing Tory party in the UK is fearing then it is the UKIP. The anti-EU UKIP wants to take the UK out of the EU, but it also wants something less - monetary reform!

Believe it or not - Africa is just a very good story

Believe it or not - Africa is just a very good story

I am in Stockholm this morning – the main topic for today’s meeting is the prospects for the African economies. I have for a long time had the view that Africa could very well turn into the best investment story in the world.

The euro zone is heading for deflation

The euro zone is heading for deflation

This is Daily Telegraph's Ambrose Evans-Pritchard quoting me on the risk of deflation in the euro zone:

The graph Bernanke should look at before 'exiting' anything

The graph Bernanke should look at before 'exiting' anything

Here is the Federal Reserve's mandate:

A modest proposal for post-Chavez monetary reform in Venezuela

A modest proposal for post-Chavez monetary reform in Venezuela

Let's just say it as it is - I was very positively surprised by the massive response to my post on the economic legacy of Hugo Chavez. However, as somebody who primarily wants to blog about monetary policy it is a bit frustrating that I attract a lot more readers when I write about dead authoritarian presidents rather than about my favourite topic - monetary policy.

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