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How the United States Avoided Default with Only Hours to Spare – in 1895

Once again, the government has cut a deal to avoid defaulting on its debt by raising the debt ceiling. The chance of the United States defaulting on its debt has been avoided, at least until January 15, 2014. The reason for these dramatic battles over the debt ceiling is that originally, each...

The Mississippi Bubble, or How the French Eliminated All Their Government Debt (So Why Can’t Bernanke?)

The government is running a large deficit and it can’t cover its expenses. The government debt exceeds the GDP of the country. The central bank’s balance sheet is exploding as the government buys its own debt. Sound familiar? This was France in 1719. Everyone has heard of the South Sea Bubble,...

The Great Stock Exchange Forgery – Who Committed the Perfect Crime?

Most stamp collectors are aware of the Great Stock Exchange Forgery that occurred in London in 1872 and 1873, even though most Americans who do not collect stamps are not. In 1870, the telegraph system of the United Kingdom was nationalized and run by the Post Office. This was useful to people...

Have the Financial Markets Given a Once-in-a-Generation Signal?

One of the principal decisions investors have to make is how to allocate their assets between stocks and bonds. Although stocks generally provide a higher rate of return than bonds, stocks are also more volatile, and investors run the risk that when they need to take money out of their portfolio,...

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