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The Pandemic Crisis Shows that the World Remains Trapped in a “Global Doom Loop” of Financial Instability, Rising Debt Levels, and Escalating Bailouts

By | August 19, 2021

In January 2020, I completed a book analyzing the financial crises that triggered the Great Depression of the 1930s and the recent Great Recession.  In that book, I argued that the world’s financial system was caught in a “global doom loop” at the beginning of 2020.  Bailouts and economic stimulus programs during and after the global financial crisis of… Read More »

While Congress Is Asleep: The Future of U.S. Financial Crisis Rescues

By | August 10, 2021

On August 2, the Board of Governors of the IMF approved the creation of approximately $650 billion of Special Drawing Rights (SDRs)—the IMF-created reserve currency—to boost global liquidity and support the ongoing pandemic response in emerging markets. This was the largest increase the U.S. treasury secretary could approve without the issuance being subject to an approving vote in the U.S.… Read More »

Cruel and Unusual Circumstances: The Fed’s Use and Misuse of Penalty Rates

By | June 21, 2021

After a political and legislative showdown at the end of 2020, Congress closed the Fed’s most novel Section 13(3) emergency lending facilities—the ones aimed most directly at Main Street. These facilities—supported by Treasury funds allocated by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act—lent only a fraction of their stated maximum lending limits, leaving many criticizing the programs’ overly punitive… Read More »