Category Archives: monetary policy

The Federal Reserve‘s obsession with imminent inflation – for once I agree with President Trump

President Donald Trump has done and said many negative things in the policy realm that I strongly disagree with. But on the subject of the Fed policy of restoring higher interest rates because of the supposed threat of inflation,  I … Continue reading

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Bank of Canada prematurely hikes interest rates underestimating potential damage to employment

The Bank of Canada announced a further 25 basis point increase in the bank rate despite the fact that unemployment is still above 6 % and there is absolutely no evidence of inflationary pressure in the economy. Whatever rise in … Continue reading

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After the Crash:Rediscovering Keynes and the origins of quantitative easing (2nd posting)

By Harold R.Chorney Professor of Political economy, Concordia University Montréal, Québec Preface: More than twenty five years ago I began to write about problems of public finance.( Chorney, 1984) At the time that I began to do so, I never … Continue reading

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The Passing of Abe Rotstein a Polanyi pioneer and leading member of the U of Toronto nationalist political economy school: Britain enters deflation

Abe Rotstein one of Canada’s outstanding political economists and a leading founder of the Canadian nationalist school of political economy centred in Toronto  passed away last month at the age of 86. The Globe and Mail had a full page … Continue reading

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Obama leads with inspiring state of union speech;European central bank embraces QE

The President of the United States delivered an excellent inspiring progressive speech on the road forward. He proposed a number of progressive policy reforms aimed at diminishing inequality by modestly increasing capital gains taxation rates from 23 to 28 % … Continue reading

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Economic stagnation persists in Europe: austerity policies are the cause

This week Stats Canada has announced it is recalculating its employment numbers because of a processing error in its July tabulation. It will be interesting to find out in what direction and way they erred in their earlier release. The … Continue reading

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How long will inflation stay low ? Have we entered a new age of low inflation , slower growth and sluggish employment ?

The question on many people’s minds in the financial and futures markets is all about judging the future inflation rate. Inflation has not been a problem for most of the past decade and certainly not a problem since the crash … Continue reading

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