Posts Tagged ‘inflation’

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    Becoming Ben Bernanke

    Aug 8, 10 • 115 Views • Economic Thinkers, Money and Monetary PolicyNo Comments

    This was fun! A 5 minute Federal Reserve simulation lets you target the fed funds rate for 16 hypothetical quarters and then watch the inflation and unemployment impact. It all appears manageable until a surprise news headline appears. The site also links to...

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    Independence and Printing Money

    Jul 5, 10 • 112 Views • Government, Macroeconomic Measurement, Money and Monetary PolicyNo Comments

    Having just celebrated July 4th, I’ve been thinking about 1776, the American Revolution, and money. At the time, money frequently determined who won and lost wars. When countries ran out of money, they had to stop fighting. Great Britain had sufficient...

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    Statistical Fun

    Mar 13, 10 • 104 Views • Developing Economies, International Trade and Finance, Macroeconomic Measurement, Money and Monetary PolicyNo Comments

    Reading that China might be concerned with an annual 3.5 percent inflation rate, I wondered how that compared to other countries and the world.  At a Google site with World Bank data, not only did I get some answers, but I had...

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    Big and Little Worries

    Feb 27, 10 • 128 Views • Thinking EconomicallyNo Comments

    1.  Sovereign debt: Contemplating big worries, I could place sovereign debt at the top of the the list. Should we currently be concerned about Greece, Spain and other EU nations with excessive obligations?  Beyond, should we be focusing on the U.K....

  • Nixon’s Pressure Cooker

    Jan 17, 10 • 159 Views • Thinking EconomicallyNo Comments

    Just an interesting fact: Hearing that President Obama was concerned about preempting the sixth season premiere of “Lost”, I remembered that Richard Nixon had a similar situation. In 1971, when the inflation rate had reached 5.7%, he decided to...