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I finally got around to binge watching Season 3 of the Crown and it was every bit as indulgent and salacious as I was hoping. One of the things I always found intriguing is just how much Queen Elizabeth must know. She has, after all, held wee...

Howard Marks’s new letter called “Mysterious” is out. In it, the director and co-chairman of Oaktree Capital contemplates the mysteries of negative interest ratesin Europe and Japan, and flashes some humor—the latter being no small feat in a financial missive.

Marks say...

The use of negative rates carries too much instability risk, Fed policymakers said

President Donald Trump has extolled negative interest rates on Twitter and in speeches, making clear he wants the Federal Reserve to slash its benchmark rate below zero, a policy it has n...

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It’s the rage of Europe. Some say it gives them an advantage over America. It may, however, shock you to know the truth behind negative interest rates and the damage they can wreak on “safe” investments.

It was the tale of two luncheons.

On Tuesday, November 12, 2019, th...

After a decade of near-zero interest rates, discussion is turning to another radical monetary policy idea. Could or should interest rates go negative?

Japan, the eurozone, Switzerland and Sweden all have a negative rate in some form. President Trump has started to advoc...

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Pia Rayner is a businesswoman and social commentator. She ran for Congress in Philadelphia in 2010 and has written for Mises, Glenn Beck's Fusion Magazine and The Libertarian Republic. She currently resides in the United Kingdom with her husband and son. She runs her business, Just A Splash, and sings in a folk rock band. Her goal with the Laissez Faire Lounge is to create a place where the events and issues of the day are presented with a rational and balanced voice which counters the hype and polarization that pervades modern media. 

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