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Bullion Star: Chinese Cross-Border Trade Rules on Gold

Introduction Chinese cross-border trade in gold refers to gold imported into, or exported from China. This gold trade can be in one of two forms of trade, General Trade or Processing Trade. At a high level, “General Trade” refers to the ... [Read More]

Why 2017 Is Like 1969

1969-2017: and here we are again, in so many ways.A deeply polarizing new president, a disastrously misguided official narrative that the political Establishment doggedly supports despite a damning lack of evidence, and an economy teetering on the ... [Read More]

Private Property and Higher Ed

By: Peter G. KleinThe US higher-education world has been rocked the last two years by student protests, "free-speech" controversies, and allegations of faculty misconduct at schools as diverse as Missouri, Yale, Middlebury, Berkeley, and Evergreen ... [Read More]

Even Partial Drug Legalization Goes a Long Way in Protecting Property Rights

By: Ryan McMakenWhy Even Partial Legalization of Drugs Is a Good Thing The partial legalization of marijuana has not been quite ideal. Thanks to high regulatory burdens on the marijuana-production industry, limitations on production volume, and high ... [Read More]

Net Neutrality Strengthens Monopolies, Invites Corruption

By: Ryan McMakenWhen it imposed its net neutrality rules on the telecom industry, the FCC was fixing a problem that didn't exist. While proponents of Net Neutrality have long claimed that the regulations are necessary to impose fairness for internet ... [Read More]

How to Look at Tariffs

By: Murray N. RothbardThe best way to look at tariffs or import quotas or other protectionist restraints is to forget about political boundaries.Political boundaries of nations may be important for other reasons, but they have no economic meaning ... [Read More]

Strong Chinese Data Gives Currencies A Boost!

Chuck Butler's: A Pfennig For Your Thoughts                          July 17, 2017 * Another day of weak U.S. data! * Gold gains $11.10! * Jamie Dimon tells us his thoughts! Good Day... And a Marvelous Monday to you! Another grand weekend ... [Read More]

Are We Now Obsolete? / Ann Barnhardt

You Are Now Obsolete: Father/Mother/Employee/Investor/Patient/Customer! This is the new reality! Have you suffered the disturbing experience of being treated by the system as though you are an unneeded nuisance - and rather than serving your ... [Read More]

Are U.S. Equities Due to Rise Forever?

Chris Hamilton, who was my guest last week on my radio show, makes a very strong case for a perpetual decline in GDP, given not only a declining rate of population growth but also an outright decline in the number of working-age adults. Like Harry ... [Read More]

Earth’s Economy Glorifies Waste, Exploitation, Debt, Expediency and Magical Thinking

Humanity appears to default to magical thinking when faced with untenable situations that demand systemic change.How would extraterrestrial anthropologists characterize Earth's dominant socio-economic system? It's not difficult to imagine their ... [Read More]

Russia Collusion Story: A Big “Nothing Burger” or a Case for Gold?

Gold got a boost today on weaker-than-expected inflation and retail sales figures, which casts doubt on the Federal Reserve’s ability to continue normalizing interest rates this year. Consumer prices rose slightly in June, at their slowest pace so ... [Read More]

Week in Review: July 15, 2017

By: Mises InstituteJanet Yellen didn't make much news this week when she testified before the House and Senate banking committees. She continued to defend the Fed's low interest rate policy, painted a very optimistic picture of the American economy, ... [Read More]

Will Trump Be Less of a Spendthrift than His Republican Predecessors?

By: Ryan McMakenIn the past here at mises.org, we've looked at several different ways of comparing government spending across presidential administrations. No matter how we look at it, we're forced to conclude that Republican presidents cannot be ... [Read More]

McCaffrey and Dorobat on the Economics of Game of Thrones

By: Matthew McCaffrey, Carmen Elena Dorob??This Sunday the long awaited seventh season of Game of Thrones will premier on HBO. Two Mises Institute scholars, Matthew McCaffrey and Carmen Elena Dorob??, have written extensively on the economics of the ... [Read More]

Today’s The Day… Are You Ready?

Chuck Butler's: A Pfennig For Your Thoughts                      July 14, 2017 A Big Day for data here in the U.S. Gold gives back Wednesday's gains...  What the heck is Denmark thinking? Another hazy, lazy, crazy day of ... [Read More]

Should Platinum Be More Expensive Than Gold?

Platinum is one of the rarest elements in the world, much rarer than gold. This is why historically the white metal has been more valuable – just think of platinum credit cards which offer greater privileges and prestige than the gold ones. However, ... [Read More]

We Do These Things Because They’re Easy: Our All-Consuming Dependence on Debt

A world in which "we do these things because they're easy" has one end-state: collapse.On September 12, 1962, President John F. Kennedy gave a famous speech announcing the national goal of going to the moon by the end of the decade. (JFK's speech on ... [Read More]

Mark Thornton Explains Our Fake Economy

By: Mark Thornton, Jeff DeistDr. Mark Thornton joins Mises Weekends to explain the "business cycle" for what it really is: a series of booms (credit expansion) and busts (debt de-leveraging) engineered by central banks.There's nothing natural, real, ... [Read More]

The Part-Time Critics of Central Banks

By: Mark SpitznagelThere seems to be no shortage today of investors and pundits criticizing the market interventions of the world’s central banks. Monetary stimulus in the form of artificially low interest rates and bloated central bank balance ... [Read More]

US Economy Keeps Moving Into Summer Storm

One of the kookiest moments last month came when Fed Chairwoman Yellen spoke about seeing no financial collapse in sight during our lifetimes “Would I say there will never ever be another financial crisis? No. Probably that would be going a little ... [Read More]