Milton Friedman On Monetary And Fiscal Policy

I found this passage from Milton Friedman in 1958, as seen on John B. Taylor’s blog, to be notable, especially given the immense monetary and fiscal policy actions taken to “improve” our economic situation: “The available evidence…casts grave doubt on the possibility of producing any fine adjustments in economic activity by fine adjustments in monetary … Read more Milton Friedman On Monetary And Fiscal Policy

Fannie Mae And Freddie Mac Situation

An article in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal presents a thorough summary of the situation at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.  The article is titled, “No Exit in Sight for U.S. As Fannie, Freddie Flail.”  Here is the link to the story: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704362004575001042824028862.html?KEYWORDS=no+exit+in+sight+for+us I’ve commented extensively on the U.S. real estate situation, and the national attempts … Read more Fannie Mae And Freddie Mac Situation

Political Volatility

Over the last few years the political scene has become more volatile, swinging from heavily Republican to heavily Democratic.  Now, it appears as if the political volatility is increasing yet again, with the recent election of Scott Brown and the unexpected hurdles Ben Bernanke is facing during his reconfirmation.  Many incumbents (and political appointees) who until recently seemed … Read more Political Volatility

Foreclosures

Here is an interesting New York Times editorial regarding foreclosures.  Please note that I don’t necessarily agree with many of the recommendations, but the editorial does a nice job of summarizing some of the problems: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/02/opinion/02tue1.html?_r=1 “Solving” our residential real estate problems is going to be most difficult, in my opinion.  It is a very complex … Read more Foreclosures

Rep. Barney Frank interview – my comments

Here is a recent interview of Rep. Barney Frank on CNBC.  I found the first few minutes to be interesting, as well as disconcerting in many ways: http://www.cnbc.com/id/30980892 What nearly everyone, especially the decision-makers in Washington, don’t seem to grasp is the risks inherent in large-scale market interventions.  One question to ask might be, “If large-scale market … Read more Rep. Barney Frank interview – my comments