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Martin O. Hutchinson is an investment banker with more than 25 years’ experience, Hutchinson has worked on both Wall Street and Fleet Street and is a leading expert on the international financial markets. At Creditanstalt-Bankverein, Hutchinson was a Senior Vice President in charge of the ... more

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The Blessed World Of Low Asset Prices
After a decade of ultra-low interest rates, we have become used to ultra-high asset prices – in big city real estate, stocks, bonds, tech start-ups, art and collectibles, and pretty well everything else you can think of.
Solve Funny Money Problems With A Leverage Tax
We seem doomed to another round of monetary “stimulus” from the Fed and the European Central Bank, at a time when real interest rates are already substantially negative.
The Impoverished 22nd Century
Predictions for the next century have turned downright gloomy.
What Liverpool Could Teach Today’s Fed
Both Liverpool and von Mises would be in total agreement that the monetary policy of the last 24 years has been extremely foolish, and consequently could be expected to have led to gigantic amounts of malinvestment or fictitious capital.
Corporate Debts Are Today’s Worst Assets
The silly-money policies of the last decade have left almost all assets overvalued.
Could China Take A "Middle Kingdom" Approach?
China in 1820 had on Angus Madisson’s estimate a GDP of $229 billion 1990 dollars, about 33% of the world’s total, with about 36% of the world’s total population at 380 million, it was thus poorer than average, but not much poorer.
What Will Be The Hot IPOs Of 2029?
The quality of 2029’s IPOs is unlikely to be as high as that of the burst around 1910, but we can at least hope for something better than the current cycle’s miserable showing.
Trump Will Make Japan Great Again
Japan has had a rough 30 years of no growth with soaring public debt and zero interest rates.
Time To Close Down The CDS Market
There is no legal way to make CDS legally watertight, and Wall Street lacks the expertise to manage the product’s risk exposure.
Ben Bernanke Killed The World Economy
We do not yet know whether negative real interest rates or trillion-dollar budget deficits will be more ultimately destructive of our civilization, and Keynes, not Bernanke, is responsible for the latter.
Bureaucrats Grinding The Faces Of The Poor
The OECD recently published a paper on taxation and economic development that claimed that the propensity of poor countries to tax less than rich ones is a contributor to their poverty.
Looking Forward To Dow 11,000
It has been a bad December for the stock markets, but pundits across the land are predicting a recovery in the new year from this terrible drop.
EC No, Mr. President, There Isn’t A Santa Claus
President Trump’s economic policies are mostly very sensible, yet in two areas he has indulged in wishful thinking, proclaiming essentially that Santa Claus will bail out the United States.
Central Banks Must Be Rule-Bound, Not Independent
The fashion for independence in central banking was a product of the 1980s and 1990s.
The Share Repurchase Bubble
GE was one of Wall Street’s major share buyback operators between 2015 and 2017; it repurchased $40 billion of shares at prices between $20 and $32.
Towards The Asset-Light Economy
The last two decades of low-interest rates have seen a vast increase in the world’s stock of assets, measured at market value, largely matched by a corresponding increase in debt.
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