Why Public Banks Outperform Private Banks: Unfair Competition or a Better Mousetrap?



Public banks in North Dakota, Germany and Switzerland have been shown to outperform their private counterparts. Under the TPP and TTIP, however, publicly-owned banks on both sides of the oceans might wind up getting sued for unfair competition because they have advantages not available to private banks. (more…)

‘Audit the Fed’ Passes House


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After a nationwide grassroots campaign led by Campaign for Liberty, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 24, ‘Audit the Fed,’ by a vote of 333-92 today. This marks the second time the U.S. House has passed ‘Audit the Fed’ as a standalone bill, after H.R. 459, introduced by Congressman Ron Paul, passed the House in 2012. (more…)

European Central Bank Sets Negative Interest Rates on Deposits



Mario Draghi says the European Central Bank isn’t through with its efforts to stimulate Europe’s economy and fight off the threat of deflation. That message—that more is to come on top of the extensive measures announced today—is what seems to have impressed financial markets. Following today’s press conference by ECB President Draghi, European stocks extended their gains, reaching a six-year high, and bond prices in Spain and Italy surged, lowering those nations’ borrowing costs. (more…)

Why is the Federal Reserve Tapering the Gold Market?


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In former times, the rise in the gold price was held down by central banks selling gold or leasing gold to bullion dealers who sold the gold. The supply added in this way to the market absorbed some of the demand, thus holding down the rise in the gold price.

As the supply of physical gold on hand diminished, increasingly recourse was taken to selling gold short in the paper futures market. We illustrated a recent episode in our article. Below we illustrate the uncovered short-selling that took the gold price down today (January 30, 2014). (more…)

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