Unconventional monetary policy—characterized by “zero interest rate policy” (ZIRP) and “quantitative easing” (QE), along with macro-prudential regulation—has increased the power of central banks in the United States, Japan, and Europe. In the new issue of Cato Journal, contributors revisit the thinking behind unconventional monetary policy and the “new monetary framework,” make the case for transparent monetary rules versus foggy discretion, and point to the distortions generated by ultra-low interest rates and preferential credit allocation.
When the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published the cartoons of the prophet Muhammad in 2005, Denmark found itself at the center of a global battle about the freedom of speech. The paper’s culture editor, Flemming Rose, defended the decision to print the 12 drawings, and he quickly came to play a central part in the debate about the limitations to freedom of speech in the 21st century. In The Tyranny of Silence, Flemming Rose provides a personal account of an event that has shaped the debate about what it means to be a citizen in a democracy and how to coexist in a world that is increasingly multicultural, multireligious, and multiethnic.
The Cato Institute has released its 2014 Annual Report, which documents a dynamic year of growth and productivity. “Libertarianism is the philosophy of freedom,” Cato’s David Boaz writes in his book, The Libertarian Mind. “It is the indispensable framework for the future.” And as the new report demonstrates, the Cato Institute, thanks largely to the generosity of our Sponsors, is leading the charge to apply this framework across the policy spectrum.
Don’t Blame The Shorts: Why Short Sellers Are Always Blamed for Market Crashes and How History Is Repeating Itself
Featuring the author, Robert Sloan, Managing Partner, S3 Partners; with comments by James J. Angel, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University; and Frank Hatheway, Chief Economist, NASDAQ OMX. Moderated by Mark A. Calabria, Director, Financial Regulation Studies, Cato Institute.
In the aftermath of the financial collapse, regulatory agencies such as the Securities and Exchange Commission targeted short sellers as a contributor to the crisis. In Don’t Blame the Shorts, Wall Street veteran Robert Sloan examines how short sellers provide liquidity and transparency to our capital markets. The panel also explores why short sellers are often portrayed as the villains when they expose corporate fraud and mismanagement.