Two Economic Fallacies in Trump’s Anti-Trade Speech

By Edgar Ortiz on June 8, 2018

Why are Trump’s anti-trade arguments invalid?

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The Real Reason Behind the U.S. Trade Deficit (and Why Trump’s Trade War Is Insane)

By Olav Dirkmaat on April 9, 2018

Trump’s trade war borders on insanity. Discover the real reason of the U.S. trade deficit.

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The Fed Ignores the Yield Curve (But the Yield Curve Is Warning for a Recession)

By Olav Dirkmaat on December 20, 2017

Why is Fed Chair Janet Yellen wrong about the yield curve?

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Trump’s Tax Reform Dissected

By Olav Dirkmaat on October 17, 2017

Two weeks ago, the Trump administration presented a detailed version of one of Trump’s most important election promises: a tax reform. What are the consequences of Trump’s recent tax proposal for the US budget deficit and public debt?

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The Accounting Cycle and Financial Bubbles: On the Current Indifference on Accounting Methods

By Olav Dirkmaat on September 25, 2017

As long as the stock market is booming, businesses get away with shady accounting practices. What do the recent cases of Netflix, Tesla and Alphabet suggest about what phase of the business cycle we are in?

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US GDP Growth a Solid 3%, But Is Trouble Ahead?

By Olav Dirkmaat on September 4, 2017

The US economy is growing at a 3% annual rate. But are things as they seem?

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Does the Fed Follow Its Own Rules?

By Daniel Fernández on May 22, 2017

One of the most interesting discussions in the field of monetary theory concerns the role central banks play in the economy. There are multiple views regarding different issues: from questioning the mere existence of the central bank to the actual role a central bank should take.

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The Poor Economic Criterion for a Remittance Tax

By Estefanía Luján Padilla on March 23, 2017

With the persistence of the new president of the United States to build a wall and his expectation to make Mexicans assume the cost, new creative initiatives to find a way to make them pay it are starting to emerge.

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This Is What Businesses Are Doing with Record Corporate Debt

By Olav Dirkmaat on March 13, 2017

Last year, non-financial companies issued $674.3 billion in corporate debt, a new record high. Low interest rates are wrecking the allocation of capital: the increase in debt is not used to invest, but rather to distribute cash to shareholders. However, there is one important caveat to this whole scheme that will threaten the U.S. economy.

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Nominal GDP Target for the United States?

By Clynton López on November 17, 2016

During the last seven years credit volumes did not grow as as in previous liquidity periods, despite having the federal reserve interest rates close to 0%. This means the US economy is not expanding.

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