How the U.S. Mint and a Breath Mint Are Causing Coin Shortages

Hershey’s Breath Saver mints and the U.S. Mint have both contributed to the coin shortages problems that the Federal Reserve is trying to solve.

What Happens When Landlords Don’t Receive the Rent

When millions of jobless individuals cannot pay the rent, they initiate a ripple of nonpayments that touches many people and businesses.

Why The Eddie Murphy Rule is About More Than Orange Juice

Because of a wonderful orange juice scam in “Trading Places,” the Eddie Murphy Rule wound up in the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial regulation act.

Why Your Inflation Rate is Different From Mine

Although the BLS reports the CPI (Consumer Price Index) inflation rate each month, our own household could see different price changes.

The Cash We Love to Stash

Although going cashless seems to be a trend, we are printing more $100 bills for people in the U.S.and elsewhere in the world.

Where Cash (sort of) Rules

Like Mark Twain saying, “The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated,” non-cash payments have not eliminated currency.

Your BBQ and the Fed

With the cost of yesterday’s Memorial Day BBQ almost the same as last year, the Fed has minimal inflation evidence on which to base its next rate hike.

One Way That Economists Measure Misery

A yardstick that combines inflation and unemployment, the Misery Index is a handy way to assess economic happiness but like all statistics, it has defects.

The Fed’s Inflation Mystery

Usually Federal Reserve interest rate hikes should control inflation but now it is mysteriously missing, even with low unemployment.

Weekly Roundup: From Affluent Mates to Successful Names

Our everyday economics includes tradeoffs, deposit insurance, supply chain, bias, human capital, income inequality, marriage markets and Federal Reserve.