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Is the Natural Rate of Interest Zero?

The Fed is holding overnight rates at 0% to .25%, and everyone thinks that is some unholy contravening of the natural state of things. The evil central bankers have corrupted the very fabric of the financial system and the free markets. But that line of thinking makes one big assumption that the natural rate of [...]

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The Trouble with Gold

Gold is often touted as an excellent store of value—and it can be, provided it is purchased at a fair price. But therein lies the problem. From 1973 to 2007 the volatility of the S&P 500 Gold Index was 36.9%. The index saw several spans such as a five-year period in 1996 where gold investors [...]

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