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    Obamacare Is Already Reducing Employment

    Employers are responding to the uncertainty of the Obamacare rollout by slashing hours and limiting their new hires. Although the Obamacare employer mandate will not take effect until next year, employee health insurance premiums have already skyrocketed. And surveys report that many business owners are making changes based on Obamacare … More

    Amid Woes, Emerging Markets Need More Economic Freedom

    Global markets are huffing and puffing and trying to blow the BRICs down. Some of the BRICs—Brazil, India, and China in particular, along with other emerging markets such as Turkey—are feeling the pinch as their economies weaken and currencies slide. This week, central bankers from Turkey and Brazil are considering … More

    The Fed at 100: Why Do We Have a Central Bank?

    The Federal Reserve, the U.S. central bank, is surrounded by as much controversy today as it was at its creation 100 years ago. The Fed has never been short on critics, but the anti-Fed movement has even gained traction inside Congress, according to a recent National Journal article. The Fed’s … More

    The Fed Inflation-Unemployment Trade-Off: Outlasting the Energizer Bunny

    George Selgin has a new post on the Free Banking Blog that highlights the economic quandary the Fed now has the U.S. in. The post uses subtle sarcasm to make an excellent point, but many readers may miss Selgin’s main idea. Selgin starts by discussing the current policy debate surrounding … More

    Economy Still Growing Too Slowly

    The Bureau of Economic Analysis’s (BEA) first estimate of economic growth for the third quarter of this year shows an economy that continues to grow at a plodding pace. According to BEA, the economy grew at 2.8 percent from July 1 through September 30. This was slightly faster than the … More

    The Fed’s Monetary Policy Matters, Too

    It’s easy to get distracted with news like the guessing game of who will replace Ben Bernanke. But the more important issue is: What is the U.S. doing with its monetary policy and why? What we’ve learned about monetary policy since the Fed was created is surely more important than … More

    Next Fed Chairman: Independence Is Paramount

    Larry Summers withdrew his name from consideration for the next chairmanship of the Federal Reserve. The office currently occupied by Ben Bernanke wields enormous power over short-run economic changes. Poor decisions at the Fed can cause recessions or boost markets briefly. For that reason, the most important feature of the … More

    Emerging Markets Have Caught a “Fed Cold”

    Stock prices and exchange rates in emerging markets such as India and Indonesia are taking a beating this week. The immediate cause is that the Federal Reserve just might reduce the gigantic amount of stimulus it’s been applying to the world economy. What’s really on display is the failure of … More