Are we in a new housing bubble?

Most readers probably remember the US housing bubble of the 2000s. The bubble burst starting in 2007, leading to a financial crisis and significant recession. Are we in another housing bubble now? Let’s take a look. Historical housing prices The graph below shows the median selling price of new homes from 1963 through May 2018. … Continue reading Are we in a new housing bubble?

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Interesting facts on inflation

Let’s talk about inflation. It affects everyone, but it’s not always well understood. There are also some interesting points to make. What causes inflation? Milton Friedman said, “inflation is always and everywhere a monetary phenomenon.” In other words, inflation occurs when too much money is created relative to the supply of goods and services. This … Continue reading Interesting facts on inflation

Faith in science

Science is always true and accurate, right? Not necessarily. Irreproducible Peter Wood and David Randall of the National Association of Scholars wrote an article for the April 17th Wall Street Journal on this topic. They start out by saying: “Half the results published in peer-reviewed scientific journals are probably wrong. John Ioannidis, now a professor of … Continue reading Faith in science

Good news on poverty

Based on my personal observations, some people are overly negative about US economic results and living standards. They’re sure the poor are getting screwed, the middle class is stagnant, and economic success is no longer possible. They usually display this negativity in complaints about capitalism. Maybe this negativity is the anti-capitalist’s way of denying that … Continue reading Good news on poverty

Is capitalism compatible with Christianity?

Pope Francis has made several comments that are at least somewhat anti-capitalist. This is not totally surprising, since he hails from one of the most anti-capitalist countries on the planet, Argentina. He is not alone. Others have also questioned whether capitalism is compatible with Christianity. This then becomes a reason to criticize capitalism. Is capitalism … Continue reading Is capitalism compatible with Christianity?