CREDIT MARKET MAVEN AND HISTORIAN JAMES GRANT ON WHY INTEREST RATES MATTER

October 19, 2018

Why interest rates still matter with influential financial journalist and historian James Grant.

WEALTHTRACK Episode #1518; Originally Broadcast on October 19, 2018

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    BAGEHOT: LASTING INFLUENCE

    James Grant, the author of several books including biographies of Bernard Baruch and John Adams just finished one on Walter Bagehot, one of the most influential journalists of the Victorian era. Bagehot, editor of The Economist was himself an economist and expert on central banks. He became famous for his Bagehot’s rule which has been summarized as calling for central banks in times of financial crisis to: “lend without limit, to solvent firms, against good collateral, at ‘high rates’.”  Grant’s “The Life of Walter Bagehot” will be published next year.   


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