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The Disaster of Negative Interest Rates

The Disaster of Negative Interest Rates

    by Ellen Brown President Trump wants negative interest rates, but they would be disastrous for the U.S. economy, and his objectives can be better achieved by other means. The dollar strengthened against the euro in August, merely in anticipation of the European Central Bank slashing its key interest rate further into negative territory. […]

Desperate Central Bankers Grab for More Power

Desperate Central Bankers Grab for More Power

    by Ellen Brown Conceding that their grip on the economy is slipping, central bankers are proposing a radical economic reset that would shift yet more power from government to themselves. Central bankers are acknowledging that they are out of ammunition. Mark Carney, the soon-to-be-retiring head of the Bank of England, said in a speech at […]

The Key to a Sustainable Economy Is 5,000 Years Old

The Key to a Sustainable Economy Is 5,000 Years Old

    by Ellen Brown We are again reaching the point in the business cycle known as “peak debt,” when debts have compounded to the point that their cumulative total cannot be paid. Student debt, credit card debt, auto loans, business debt and sovereign debt are all higher than they have ever been. As economist […]

Neoliberalism Has Met Its Match in China

Neoliberalism Has Met Its Match in China

    by Ellen Brown When the Federal Reserve cut interest rates on July 31st for the first time in more than a decade, commentators were asking why. According to official data, the economy was rebounding, unemployment was below 4%, and GDP growth was above 3%. If anything, by the Fed’s own reasoning, it should have […]

The Cheapest Way to Save the Planet Grows Like a Weed

The Cheapest Way to Save the Planet Grows Like a Weed

    by Ellen Brown Planting billions of trees across the world is by far the cheapest and most efficient way to tackle the climate crisis. So states a July 4 article in The Guardian, citing a new analysis published in the journal Science. The author explains: As trees grow, they absorb and store the carbon dioxide emissions […]

The Bankers’ “Power Revolution”: How the Government Got Shackled by Debt

The Bankers’ “Power Revolution”:  How the Government Got Shackled by Debt

    by Ellen Brown This article is excerpted from my new book Banking on the People: Democratizing Money in the Digital Age, available in paperback June 1. The U.S. federal debt has more than doubled since the 2008 financial crisis, shooting up from $9.4 trillion in mid-2008 to over $22 trillion in April 2019. The debt […]

The Public Banking Revolution Is Upon Us

The Public Banking Revolution Is Upon Us

    by Ellen Brown As public banking gains momentum across the country, policymakers in California and Washington state are vying to form the nation’s second state-owned bank, following in the footsteps of the highly successful Bank of North Dakota, founded in 1919. The race is close, with state bank bills now passing their first […]

Why Is the Fed Paying So Much Interest to Banks?

Why Is the Fed Paying So Much Interest to Banks?

    By Ellen Brown, http://EllenBrown.com   “If you invest your tuppence wisely in the bank, safe and sound, Soon that tuppence safely invested in the bank will compound, And you’ll achieve that sense of conquest as your affluence expands In the hands of the directors who invest as propriety demands.” — “Mary Poppins,” 1964 When “Mary […]

The Fed’s Dramatic About-Face

The Fed’s Dramatic About-Face

    By Ellen Brown, http://EllenBrown.com “Quantitative easing” was supposed to be an emergency measure, but the Federal Reserve is now taking a surprising new approach toward the policy. The Fed “eased” shrinkage in the money supply due to the 2008-09 credit crisis by pumping out trillions of dollars in new bank reserves. After the crisis, the presumption was the […]

Trump’s War on the Fed

Trump’s War on the Fed

    By Ellen Brown October was a brutal month for the stock market. After the Federal Reserve’s eighth interest rate hike, on Sept. 26, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped more than 2,000 points, and the NASDAQ had its worst month in nearly 10 years. After the Dow lost more than 800 points on Oct. 10 and the S&P […]

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