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Austrian-Lites Have No Clue

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Via Economic Policy Journal

With a couple of down days in the stock market and the yield curve turning negative, I see the Austrian-lites are out in full force.

Now even reaching the comment section of EPJ.

One commenter writes at the post, US-China High Level Trade Talks Back On:

“Pumping money — especially after a decade of extreme money pumping — can only work so long. The next recession/depression may be devastating, and it may start before the election.”

Says who?

The start of the down phase of the business cycle is not based on the length of the boom phase. To be sure, the farther along in the boom phase we are, the closer we are to the bust. This is pure logic. But there is zero in Austrian business cycle theory that says the boom phase can’t continue for 15 years, or 20 years or even 25 years if the circumstances are right.

None have ever lasted that long but there is nothing that says they can’t under circumstances of high-productivity gains where price inflation is very low (or even non-existent).

I even see some Lites, who didn’t understand the yield curve correctly six months ago, now proclaiming that a recession is imminent because of the inversion in the yield curve. This is just more blather. This inversion in the yield curve is very different than past inversions. I know, I have been watching the yield curve and its inversions for decades.

Trump’s trade war is not a positive for the economy but, in and of itself, it will not bring on the bust phase of the business cycle.

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For the record, there is no recession currently in sight.

More at the EPJ Daily Alert.

RW


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