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Rising Government Debt and the Next Global Recession

Daniel Wagner | Posted 04.11.2015 | Business
Daniel Wagner

The recently released report from the McKinsey Global Institute on global debt is an important, and sobering, look at how little the world appears to have learned from the Global Recession, and just how dangerous levels of sovereign and consumer debt have become in the interim.

The Best Monetary Policy Is Strict Financial Regulation

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

In recent years, private-sector forecasters have been surprisingly accurate at forecasting changes in the unemployment rate, but they have been equally inaccurate when forecasting changes in the federal funds rate, the baseline interest rate controlled by the Fed.

Deleveraging Deception Continues

Michael Pento | Posted 04.12.2014 | Business
Michael Pento

Once again the analysis offered by perma-bulls is marked by sophistry and misinterpretation.

Mark Gongloff

Households Piling On Student Loan Debt: Study | Mark Gongloff | Posted 05.14.2013 | Business

Four years after the Great Recession, U.S. households are slowly repairing their balance sheets and shedding their debt -- except when it comes to stu...

Shifting Tectonic Plates Under Global Banking

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 12.24.2012 | World
Otaviano Canuto

The global financial crisis has reversed an expansionary trend of international activities by banks from advanced countries that had been at play for decades.

These Towns Are For Sale!

CNBC | Colleen Kane | Posted 08.09.2012 | Business

News items pop up regularly about entire towns and villages going up for sale. In April, Buford, Wyo., sold to a Vietnamese buyer for $900,000. The sa...

After Post-Recession Slowdown, Credit Card Use Ticking Back Up

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 12.05.2011 | Business

Many Americans might be confused by the rules and terms of their credit cards, but they're more often opting to swipe anyway. Credit card purchases...

Meanwhile, Back at the Economy...

Jared Bernstein | Posted 01.15.2012 | Business
Jared Bernstein

I know we're all up to our necks in the spectacle of the Republican candidate debates and the last gasps of the super committee, but it's the job market that matters most -- and not just jobs, but earnings.

The Danger Zone: Financial Stability Risks Soar

José Viñals | Posted 11.22.2011 | Business
José Viñals

Several shocks have recently buffeted the global financial system: unequivocal signs of a broader global economic slowdown; fresh market turbulence in the euro area; and the credit downgrade of the United States.

What's Great for the American Consumer Is Bad for Our Nation's Economy

Pamela Yellen | Posted 10.22.2011 | Business
Pamela Yellen

While our leaders in Washington pay little more than lip service to the need to reduce our nation's debt addiction, Americans by the millions are working harder than anytime in the past 40 years to live within their means.

American Jobs and Chinese Freedom

Charles Kolb | Posted 10.11.2011 | Business
Charles Kolb

American consumers can help their fellow citizens and our friends in China in their purchasing decisions. A former American president once urged all Americans to "go shopping." When we do, we should try whenever possible to buy American.

Pity the Policymaker

Mohamed A. El-Erian | Posted 09.21.2011 | World
Mohamed A. El-Erian

Six important issues speak to the problem for policymakers in Europe, the US, and Japan. First, all three economic areas are struggling with unsettling de-leveraging dynamics.

Toto, We're Not in Kansas Anymore: Exploring the Post-tornado Contours of the Financial System

Laura Kodres | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Laura Kodres

Just as a tornado in Kansas transplanted Dorothy and, her dog, Toto, from familiar comforts to the unknown land of Oz, the global crisis has led many ...

The Value(s) of Wall Street

Charles Kolb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Charles Kolb

The day when the Federal Reserve began to lower interest rates to address a looming economic downturn, the New York Times ran a Tiffany & Co. ad on page three. The ad featured a lovely pair of diamond teardrop earrings for $230,000.

How Americans Are Drastically Reducing Their Debt: (CHART)

Huffington Post | Grace Kiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

As the economy emerges from the downturn, consumers are likely to spend the next several years drastically reducing their debt -- at least if historic...

Second Great Depression Still Possible: The Financial Times | Thomas Palley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Over the past year the global economy has experienced a massive contraction, the deepest since the Great Depression of the 1930s. But this spring, eco...