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You Don't Want U.S. Politics to End Up Like Venezuela's

Rafael Osío Cabrices | Posted 01.21.2016 | World
Rafael Osío Cabrices

My beloved, fractious Venezuela offers a cautionary tale to the United States: You don't want your democracy to end up looking like ours. This has not only polluted the public sphere -- it also invaded the private one, soiling relations among friends, parents, wives, husbands and children.

Venezuela's Lying Statistics

Steve H. Hanke | Posted 01.15.2016 | Business
Steve H. Hanke

Surprise! Venezuela, the world's most miserable country (according to my misery index) has just released an annualized inflation estimate for the quarter that ended September 2015. This is late on two counts.

'The Big Short': A Big Wake-Up Call

Dan Solin | Posted 01.05.2016 | Business
Dan Solin

In my view, the goal of Wall Street -- under the guise of "managing" your money -- is to maximize the transfer of your assets to itself and to avoid regulation that would hinder its attempt to do so. It succeeds in these efforts through massive contributions to congressional campaigns.

Brazil's Slippery Slope

Robert Wilson | Posted 12.28.2015 | Business
Robert Wilson

For sage investors, if this policy stance is ever publicly announced, it means that at least the intention is there to make substantive change. Anything less is a clarion call for more of the status quo.

Secret Santa's Inflation Hedges for 2016

Phil Davis | Posted 12.25.2015 | Business
Phil Davis

I have something I can give you for the holidays -- a way to help insure some future prosperity with a few inflation-fighting stock picks that can brighten up your portfolio, which also can be used to help balance your home budget against unexpected cost increases.

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...

The Fed Raises Key Interest Rate, Potentially Slowing Job Market Growth

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 12.17.2015 | Business

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Are Menu Prices Too Far Ahead of Inflation?

BurgerBusiness | Posted 12.16.2015 | Business

Supermarket prices for key items such as ground beef and cheese are down--both declining by 3.3% over the past year--while restaurant prices for cheeseburgers may be up. Consumers can't help but notice.

We Should All Cry for Argentina's Economy

Jordana Timerman | Posted 12.15.2015 | World
Jordana Timerman

BUENOS AIRES -- Argentina's incoming president has promised to shock the country's highly regulated economy into market-based reality. But, like many Argentines, I am concerned that the touted adjustment will come at a high cost to our most economically vulnerable citizens.

A New Day in Colombia

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 12.03.2015 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Colombia has paired the economic momentum with institution building. The country's democracy has rapidly matured. Yet, there is no guarantee that this momentum will continue. Any future success would greatly benefit from Colombia successfully implementing a peace agreement with domestic guerillas.

Fed Rate Hike Could Hurt Employment

Harlan Green | Posted 12.02.2015 | Business
Harlan Green

Fed Chair Janet Yellen all but confirmed the Fed was ready to raise interest rates in December.

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.