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Here's Why Hillary Clinton's Federal Reserve Plan Is A Big Deal

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 06.01.2016 | Politics

On Thursday, Hillary Clinton endorsed a banking reform idea that is more progressive than anything she backed during her long primary battle with Bern...

6 Steps to Take If Your Student Loan Interest Rates Went Up

Andrew Josuweit | Posted 04.12.2016 | Education
Andrew Josuweit

You've probably heard by now that the Federal Reserve executed a long-awaited interest rate hike in December. Though this move was both inevitable and sorely needed, it's not great news for borrowers. In fact, your student loan interest rates might have gone up as a result.

Political Violence: It's the Economy Stupid

Michael Farr | Posted 03.22.2016 | Business
Michael Farr

Getting away from D.C. every so often helps with perspective. Life inside the Beltway can cloud one's views and lead to an inflated sense of axis mun...

What's So Bad About a Little Deflation?

Michael Farr | Posted 03.15.2016 | Business
Michael Farr

Ever since the global financial crisis central bankers across the globe have become increasingly fearful about the prospect of widespread deflation. ...

Game Over for Central Banks?

Lyric Hughes Hale | Posted 03.10.2016 | Books
Lyric Hughes Hale

Monetary economics is gasping for breath. The usual links between the money supply, inflation and GDP seem tenuous after the Great Financial Crisis.

What's Going on in Retail?

Michael Farr | Posted 03.09.2016 | Business
Michael Farr

CNN.com recently published an article (Store closings are the hottest trend in retail) about the rash of retail store closings in recent months. As t...

Keep it in Perspective

Michael Farr | Posted 02.25.2016 | Business
Michael Farr

With the S&P 500 now down about 10% from its all-time high in May 2015, a certain level of fear has returned to the markets. Among the many concerns ...

Nope, the Fed Won't Hike Rates in March

Allan Smith | Posted 02.19.2016 | Business
Allan Smith

There it is again: the Fed rate hike talk we've missed so much since last December. Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen said on Wednesday that risks for the U.S. economy are rising and indicated that the central bank may delay its next interest rate hike in March.

Where Did You Put Your Cash After the Fed's Rate Hike?

James Altucher | Posted 12.17.2015 | Business
James Altucher

Weird Suits, Free Money and the True Story About How I Saved the Economy With Chocolate....oh and how I'm investing now. Winter's coming. OK, not re...

Four Questions for the Markets in a Pivotal Week

Terry Connelly | Posted 12.17.2015 | Politics
Terry Connelly

Question #1: Is it possible that the continuing fall in the price of oil on the world and West Texas markets may not be due merely to the decision las...

3 Charts That Show Why The Fed Should Have Waited To Raise Rates -- And The One Reason It Didn't

The Huffington Post | Ben Walsh | Posted 12.16.2015 | Business

Seven years after it cut interest rates to zero in the depths of the financial crisis, the Federal Reserve raised rates on Monday. Normally, the Fed r...

Consumer Drive? Don't Hold Your Breath

Michael Farr | Posted 12.08.2015 | Business
Michael Farr

What is the true state of the US consumer? The Federal Reserve seems pretty confident that consumers have both the means (savings, disposable income,...

Where There's A Will There's a Way

Michael Farr | Posted 11.24.2015 | Business
Michael Farr

If the full extent of the budgetary problems are not well understood, how can we be in a position to address the problems?

Two Thousand Dollar Thursday - Futures Profits While We Wait

Phil Davis | Posted 11.12.2015 | Business
Phil Davis

Who says cash can't be fun? Yesterday, in the morning post, I noted the weak volume rally was a good shorting opportunity in the Futures - speci...

Spooky Markets: October's 10% Gains May Lead to November Pains

Phil Davis | Posted 10.30.2015 | Business
Phil Davis

There's still plenty to worry about. Despite one of the best months ever for stock market bulls, these stimulus-driven rallies do not tend to have...

GDPhursday -- Fed Thrill Ride Continues

Phil Davis | Posted 10.29.2015 | Business
Phil Davis

It's wonderful to be able to take advantage of silly market moves after hours. Have you ever read something in the paper and wished you could place a trade but the markets are closed? Futures trading fixes that problem.

Wednesday Worries: Will a Surprise Fed Rate Hike Spook the Markets?

Phil Davis | Posted 10.28.2015 | Business
Phil Davis

I'm still the only one expecting this. The markets are near record highs, China has a 6.9% GDP (our less than exciting GDP report comes out tomorr...

Monday Market Preview: Earnings Season Begins

Phil Davis | Posted 10.12.2015 | Business
Phil Davis

Well, at least the expectations are low now. As you can see from the chart on the right, earnings have been revised down 30% in the past week (for...

Faltering Thursday -- Fearing Fed's Forthcoming Failure

Phil Davis | Posted 09.17.2015 | Business
Phil Davis

This stuff isn't complicated folks, we read the news and, when we think we know what's going to happen next AND we can see an opportunity to make a nice trade to take advantage of it -- we go for it.

TGIF! Thank God We're in CASH!!!

Phil Davis | Posted 09.11.2015 | Business
Phil Davis

As investor pessimism spreads to the smaller developing economies, capital outflows are deepening. Exchange-traded funds that invest in emerging markets recorded withdrawals of $1.65Bn in the week ended Sept 4th, the 10th week of outflows.

This Is the Right Time for Higher Interest Rates: Nothing to Be Afraid of

Georges Ugeux | Posted 08.28.2015 | Business
Georges Ugeux

We have had enough of those policies that favor markets and financial institutions to the detriment of the rest of the economy. The Federal Reserve has been waiting too long to correct the current abnormal situation. The IMF is wrong to encourage it to do so.

Who Are the Suckers?

Daniel P. Collins | Posted 08.26.2015 | Business
Daniel P. Collins

On the face of it there was nothing extraordinary about various market experts expressing bearish opinions on the market.

Uncertainty Intensifies

Michael Farr | Posted 08.13.2015 | Business
Michael Farr

China's move to devalue its currency caught the markets somewhat by surprise. As a result, there has been a lot of speculation surrounding both the reasons behind the move as well as the implications of the move.

Confusion Reigns

Michael Farr | Posted 08.06.2015 | Business
Michael Farr

Economic data and financial-asset prices don't always paint the same picture about the health of the economy.

The Fed Just Inched Closer To Raising Interest Rates

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 07.29.2015 | Business

The Federal Reserve announced on Wednesday that it will keep interest rates at or near zero for now, but implied it would soon raise them, alarming le...