Daily Policy Digest

Economic Issues

Debt Is Becoming a Growing Problem in Retirement

The percentage of homeowners 65 and older with mortgage debt increased from 22 percent in 2001 to 30 percent in 2011...

Monetary Stimulus Does Not Compensate for Real Wealth Creation

We live in a world of pure discretionary government fiat monies, and a political environment in which the focus is short-term palliatives rather than long-run solutions...

Welfare and Social Insurance Lead to Declining Desire to Work

Changes in the provision of welfare and social insurance explain about 60 percent of the decline in desire to work among prime-age females, and attribute between 50 and 70 percent of the decline in mothers' desire to work...

Fannie and Freddie Are Back

The government now wants to expand the opportunity for homeownership to credit-worthy borrowers who have enough income to afford a loan, but have not saved enough for a larger down payment...

Borrowing Rates Could Soon Be on the Rise

A potential increase in borrowing rates has fuelled fears of a meltdown in countries that have borrowed heavily in the U.S. currency...

Will China's Composite Index Replace the Dow?

More than half of the top 20 investment banks and brokers measured by market capitalization now come from China...

Generous Welfare and Increasing Minimum Wage Decrease the Labor Force Participation Rate

With broader eligibility for government-provided food stamps, health care and disability benefits, it has become more advantageous for some people to stay home than to work...

Start-Ups are Essential for Vitalizing the Economy

Start-ups fell from 15 percent of all businesses in 1978 to 8 percent in 2011...

Despite What Obama Says, the Federal Debt Is Not Improving

The accumulation of debt should prevent federal policymakers from feeling any sense of accomplishment...

The Fed's Policy Can Be Effective with Low Long-Term Rates

The state of the economy, not the central bank, determines the real rate of return of investments, represented by an inflation-adjusted long-term rate...


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