Slope of Hope Blog Posts

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Modern Monetary Theory

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In the book Modern Money Theory by L. Randall Wray, the author declares of MMT (that is, Modern Monetary Theory) that it will go through three phases of public opinion.

First, it will be ridiculed. Second, it will be violently opposed. Third, and finally, it will be accepted as self-evident. I’m not sure if it will play out that way, but I’m here for offer an essay which is probably straddling the first and second phases.

Interestingly, this prediction was word for word what a certain Elizabeth Holmes declared in this video when she was making her final, desperate bid to save Theranos from its inevitable failure.


Not-So-Great Expectations

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I was terribly interested in this article posted over at ZeroHedge, which described at some length that, as obsessed as the media is with the inverted yield curve, there was actually a far more effective “predictor” of future economic ups and downs in the form of the “forward” 3 month rate.

I’ve done some digging, and I haven’t found it in SlopeCharts, but I did stumbled upon an interesting 5 year version of this, which effectively predicts forthcoming inflation rates. As you can plainly see, it went into an absolute free-fall during the 2008 financial crisis (symbol is FR:T5YIFR)

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