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Dr. Yellen, Don't Raise Interest Rates Just Yet

Harlan Green | Posted 11.18.2015 | Business
Harlan Green

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.2 percent in October on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S. Bureau of Labor S...

Here Is How You Know The Economy Is Slowing Down

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 10.28.2015 | Business

The Federal Reserve decided to leave its benchmark interest rate unchanged on Wednesday, citing "moderate" economic expansion that has reduced job gr...

Why There's A Shortage Of Truck Drivers In America

The Huffington Post | Shane Ferro | Posted 10.23.2015 | Business

There is a shortage of truck drivers in the United States.  Unsurprisingly, that's leading to a bidding war for qualified truckers among the big...

The Unseen Risk for High-Net Worth Investors: Inflation | Posted 10.22.2015 | Business

Luxury goods, education, and healthcare all face higher inflation rates than the overall consumer basket. Here's what you need to know and how to plan accordingly.

Presidential Election: Crying (Tears of Hope) for you, Argentina

Jesica L. Santos | Posted 10.21.2015 | World
Jesica L. Santos

On October 25, Argentinians will go the polls to elect their next democratic president who, for the first time since 2003, won't have "Kirchner" as a last name. But the choice Argentinians will really be making concerns not an individual but, rather, the type of country they want to recover.

The Dollar, Jobs and Interest Rates

Luis Ubiñas | Posted 10.06.2015 | Business
Luis Ubiñas

The Federal Reserve did not raise interest rates last month as many expected. Their reasons were understandable: one in 10 Americans remains unemployed, underemployed or so discouraged that they have fallen out of the labor force; and inflation remains consistently near zero.

Don't Count on Inflation Anytime Soon

Harlan Green | Posted 09.23.2015 | Business
Harlan Green

Inflation won't happen in the near future because it's as much due to misguided government policies by the modern Austerians that have stopped eurozone growth by demanding draconian cuts in government spending and budget deficits that would create growth.

Fed Keeps Interest Rate Steady, Giving Leeway To Job Market

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 09.24.2015 | Business

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The Case Against Raising Interest Rates

The Huffington Post | Ben Walsh | Posted 09.16.2015 | Business

On Dec. 18, 2008, the Federal Reserve cut interest rates to zero. Unemployment was then 7.3 percent, and would later peak at 10 percent in October 20...

Real Wages Are Finally (Finally!) Growing. Can the Fed Stop Itself From Ruining Everything?

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 09.15.2015 | Business
Ian Reifowitz

Wages are rising, finally, and prices are not--a rare confluence in recent decades. American workers need this to continue as long as possible. So do their bosses, in fact, because workers are the consumers that drive economic growth and thus corporate profits.

The Fed Is Considering Raising Interest Rates, But The Economy May Not Be Ready

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 09.14.2015 | Politics

Should we be more concerned about the pace of job growth or the threat of inflation? That is the question the Federal Reserve will face on Thurs...

What Should Janet Yellen's Fed Do?

Harlan Green | Posted 09.10.2015 | Business
Harlan Green

Their policies have to maximize the purchasing power of consumers that power most economic growth. If consumers can't or won't spend more, then our economy can't grow as it should.

In the Face of Complexity

Dante Disparte | Posted 09.08.2015 | Business
Dante Disparte

SME Competitiveness and Healthcare Reform The central tenant of the insurance industry is that the law of large numbers drives down the average price...

The Fed's Modern Day Parenting

Sara Zervos | Posted 09.05.2015 | Business
Sara Zervos

When did we all turn into a bunch of babies that need to be coddled, with our policy maker parents smoothing volatility and promising a world of full employment and a perfect 2.0 percent inflation rate? It's normal for economies to experience cycles, both expansions and recessions.

We Are Asking Too Much of the Federal Reserve

Robert Kuttner | Posted 08.30.2015 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

The Fed is famous for raising rates prematurely, seeing ghosts of inflation. But there is no inflation on the horizon -- the bigger worry is deflation. In fact, the inflation rate is well below the Fed's own target of two percent. And the Fed is the only game in town. On balance, I think the opponents of a rate hike have the better argument. But consider for a moment that last assumption -- that the Fed is the only game in town. The larger issue, which is getting submerged in the great debate about raising rates, is that the Fed should not be the only game in town. With fiscal stimulus ruled out politically, pressure is on the Fed to be the sole engine of growth. Yet the central bank can only do so much.

How To Bring Down Exorbitant College Costs

Martha T.S. Laham | Posted 08.29.2015 | Fifty
Martha T.S. Laham

Lawmakers from across the country are in a perennial tug-of-war over the best ways to make college affordable and to find solutions to the student debt crisis, and so are several presidential hopefuls.

Unlike Donald Trump's Campaign, His Take On The Federal Reserve Is Sort Of Serious

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 08.05.2015 | Entertainment

Donald Trump, real estate mogul and ersatz Republican presidential candidate, is not one for in-depth policy prescriptions. The entertainer's campaign...

Iran Agreement Means Lower Inflation, Higher Growth

Harlan Green | Posted 07.16.2015 | Business
Harlan Green

It will give Janet Yellen's Federal Reserve room to keep interest rates lower longer, thus boosting consumer spending as well as the housing market, which is beginning to show more robust growth with builder confidence at its strongest level since 2005.

What Do We Do Now That the Fight for a Living Wage Is Achieving Results?

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 07.08.2015 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Who knows if the improving figures from the past 12 months are the start of reversing these trends? Either way, we must keep pushing for increases to the minimum wage, and for the enactment of more policies

What Will Save the Euro?

Harlan Green | Posted 07.06.2015 | Business
Harlan Green

Now that Greece has voted "no" on the latest proposal by the European Commission, the European Central Bank, and the International Monetary Fund (the so-called "troika"), will Greece stay in the eurozone? If so, Greece may save the euro.

Oregon Started a Trend in 1919 with the Nation's First Gas Tax. Will It Do So Again?

Carl Davis | Posted 07.01.2015 | Politics
Carl Davis

As of July 1, up to 5,000 Oregon drivers are allowed to sign up for a program called OReGO that will exempt them from Oregon's gas tax on the condition that they pay a new tax based directly on the number of miles they drive.

The Federal Reserve Board, Jobs and the Rewriting of Economic History

Dean Baker | Posted 06.30.2015 | Business
Dean Baker

As most people know, economists are good at rewriting history. We have seen this in the last few years as the collapse of the housing bubble and the ensuing downturn has been turned into one of those unavoidable tragedies that could not have been prevented.

How Can You "Play It Safe" But Still Beat Inflation? | Posted 06.26.2015 | Business

You want to play it safe in the investment world. The agony of the recession is fresh in your mind. Your stomach churns at the thought of suffering 2008-style losses.

Mark Blumenthal

Why So Many People Still Don't Like Obamacare | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics

The Supreme Court could issue a ruling in King v. Burwell, the lawsuit threatening to undermine a key part of the Affordable Care Act, as early as Thu...

The Three M's: Milosevic, Mugabe, and Maduro

Steve H. Hanke | Posted 06.16.2015 | Business
Steve H. Hanke

What do Slobodan Milosevic, Robert Mugabe, and Nicolás Maduro have in common? The Communist Manifesto and inflation.