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Tapering Toward Tragedy

by Martin D. Weiss, Money and Markets:

When governments create gigantic monetary bubbles, what happens when they try to reverse the process?

What happens when they begin to tighten credit in some way — be it by raising interest rates or by slowing down the money printing presses (“tapering”)?

For some answers, I suggest we revisit the recent history of Japan.

The Greatest Monetary Bubble of the 20th Century

I first went to Japan in 1979 — on a Fulbright fellowship to study the Japanese economy and culture for my doctoral thesis.

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