"The problem with socialism is you eventually run out of other people's money" - Margaret Thatcher
"The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design" - F.A. Hayek
Mash the gas and hold it to the floor baby, we be lending!
From our friends at Cumberland Advisors: Look at all the pretty colors that new and creative lending comes in. BTW Maiden Lane is the first write off for the Fed from the AIG purchase. Any writedowns by the Fed ultimately come from Treasury revenues.
I am a Professor of Economics at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC.
My research focuses on macroeconomics and economic history in general and the economics of the Great Depression in particular. I have authored two books, Reflections on the Great Depression and The Economics of the Great Depression: A Twenty-First Century Look Back at the Economics of the Interwar Era and edited The Seminal Works of the Great Depression. I am currently working on my fourth book Interwar Historical Antecedents of Modern Inflation Targeting and I am the co-editor (with Robert Whaples) of The Handbook of Major Events in Economic History and The Handbook of Modern Economic History.
I have also traveled the country giving speeches on the state of the macroeconomy and other economic issues to many trade and business associations. When I am not thinking about the economy I am either chasing ducks, handicapping horses or arranging a fine dining experience.
Lastly, the opinions expressed on this blog are mine alone and do not reflect upon East Carolina University in any way or manner, in whole or in part, now and forever more under the canopy of heaven.