Detlev S Schlichter's Contributions

Keynes Was a Failure in Japan – No Need to Embrace Him in Europe

Draghi’s volte-face two weeks ago has emboldened the Keynesian majority in the media and in economic research departments. It has injected new life into their relentless campaign for yet more state intervention in the Eurozone economy.

As Germany Loses Battle for ECB, QE Goes Global

What is Super Mario up to? First, he gave an unexpectedly dovish speech at the Jackson Hole conference, rather ungallantly upstaging the host, Ms Yellen, who was widely anticipated to be the most noteworthy speaker at the gathering (talking about the labor market, her favorite subject).

Our Obsession With Monetary Stimulus Will End in Disaster

It is now six years since the collapse of Lehman Brothers, and considering that the US economy has officially been in recovery for the past five years, that equity indexes have put in new all-time highs, and that credit markets are once again ebullient to the point of carelessness...

QE Will Come to the Eurozone – and, Like Elsewhere, It Will Be a Failure

The data was not really surprising and neither was the response from the commentariat. After a run of weak reports from Germany over recent months, last week’s release of GDP data for the eurozone confirmed that the economy had been flatlining in the second quarter.

These Fake Rallies Will End in Tears

Investors and speculators face some profound challenges today: How to deal with politicized markets, continuously “guided” by central bankers and regulators?

ECB Decision: Unnecessary, Ineffective But Further Entrenching Bad Habits

After months of whinging and whining by the international commentariat, and of relentlessly redefining what any sensible person would call “price stability” as a grave economic problem, the ECB has caved in, as expected, and yesterday announced further stimulus measures.

ECB Under Pressure to Abandon Superior Policy Stance

The European Central Bank is under pressure. Inflation in the eurozone is at 0.7 percent but as Ben Bernanke supposedly stated, we are never sure if we measure these things correctly. So by all we know, the eurozone may already be in mild deflation.

Keynesian Madness: Central Banks Waging War on Price Stability, Savers

There is apparently a new economic danger out there. It is called “very low inflation” and the eurozone is evidently at great risk of succumbing to this menace. “A long period of low inflation — or outright deflation, when prices fall persistently...

The a Priori Method in Economics – In Defense of Ludwig von Mises Essay

I gave a speech on this topic at the Libertarian Alliance in March. A link to the video recording of that speech is here. The following essay covers similar ground but is not identical with the speech.

No End to Central Bank Meddling as ECB Embraces ‘Quantitative Easing’, Faulty Logic

“Who can print money, will print money” is how my friend Patrick Barron put it succinctly the other day. This adage is worth remembering particularly for those periods when central bankers occasionally take the foot off the gas, either because they genuinely believe they solved the problem, or because they want to make a show of appearing careful and measured.

Janet Yellen’s Game of Jenga

Janet Yellen has a plan. The plan is to exit the ultra-loose policy of the Federal Reserve, and to do so very slowly and very carefully. And by slowly I mean very slowly.

The Bank of England’s Paper on Money Creation

The “money multiplier theory”, at least in the rigid form in which the Bank presents it, is not essential to FRB and not a necessary component of FRB explanations. I wrote extensively about FRB and I do not think I ever even used the term.

Central Banks Extend Their Reach as Bureaucratization of Markets Continues

As the tentacles of the central planning octopus reach ever more forcefully into more corners of the economy, the free market is inevitably in retreat. But nobody seems to notice or to care.

Do Equities (and Real Estate) Give You Inflation Protection?

Confronted with the possibility that the endgame of the present experiment in extreme monetary accommodation may be higher inflation and even currency disaster, many private investors and portfolio managers respond that they should be okay, since their wealth is protected through allocations to equities and real estate.

Bitcoin Has Theory and History on Its Side

The Bitcoin phenomenon has now reached the mainstream media where it met with a reception that ranged from sceptical to outright hostile. The recent volatility in the price of bitcoins and the issues surrounding Bitcoin-exchange Mt. Gox have led to...

Markets Reject ‘Forward Guidance’ – For Good Reason

The British media is obsessed with Mark Carney, the new boss at the Bank of England, who, this week, made his first public appearance as governor with a speech in Nottingham.

Money Demand and Banking – Some Challenges for the “Free Bankers”

Within the Austrian School of Economics there has long been disagreement and therefore occasionally fierce debate about the nature and consequences of fractional-reserve banking, from here on called simply FRB.

Forward Guidance? – Nonsense! Central Bankers Have No Choice

After two decades of serial bubble-blowing, the world’s central bankers have maneuvered themselves into a corner.

End of QE? - I Don’t Buy It.

A new meme is spreading in financial markets: The Fed is about to turn off the monetary spigot. US Printmaster General Ben Bernanke announced that he might start reducing the monthly debt monetization program, called ‘quantitative easing’ (QE), as early as the autumn of 2013...

Roubini Attacks the Gold Bugs

Earlier this month, in an article for “Project Syndicate” famous American economist Nouriel Roubini joined the chorus of those who declare that the multi-year run up in the gold price was just an almighty bubble, that that bubble has now popped and that it will continue to deflate.

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