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The financial crisis of 2008 brought a renewed interest in Minsky's Financial Instability Hypothesis. It states that capitalist economies are inherently unstable due to the inner workings of the financial system.1 Minsky ignored interest...
Negative interest rates are coming. And they may be here to stay. There is a reason why that might be so. To explain the situation I make use of simplification for clarity's sake. Basically this is a tale of two opposing economic forces:...
There is talk about a war on cash to pave the way for negative interest rates. Negative interest rates and cash go not well together, at least so it seems. People may opt for cash when interest rates on bank accounts and government bonds...
Less than 1% of foreign exchange transactions are made for trading goods and services. More than 80% are made for exchange rate speculation. Every three days an entire year's worth of the European Union's GDP of € 13 trillion is traded in...
Natural Money is interest-free money with a holding tax. The maximum interest rate on money and loans is zero and there is a tax on currency. The tax may range from 0.5% to 1% per month. You don't have to pay the holding tax on money lent...
Interest rates have gone down in recent decades. Most economists think that they will go up again. But what if the opposite happens? What if negative real interest rates become the new normal? That seems unthinkable. Yet, negative interest...
Interest on money causes financial instability and contributes to economic cycles. Governments and central banks try to reduce financial instability and economic cycles. Because of their measures, many people think that they are safe. This...
Pure gold is non-toxic when ingested.

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