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Just Won't Quit

Reuters | Posted 11.28.2012 | Money

WASHINGTON, Sept 28 (Reuters) - U.S. consumer spending rose in August by the most in six months as households stretched to pay for higher gasoline p...

What Bernanke Didn't Want to See

Richard Barrington | Posted 11.27.2012 | Business
Richard Barrington

If Ben Bernanke was unhappy to see inflation rear its ugly head, depositors in savings accounts, money market accounts and other bank products should give him company in his misery. If inflation is here to stay, it would add an ugly new wrinkle to an already troubled economy.

Why QE3 Won't Jumpstart the Economy -- and What Would

Ellen Brown | Posted 11.25.2012 | Business
Ellen Brown

An injection of money into the pockets of consumers would actually be good for the economy, but QE3 won't do it. The Fed could give production and employment a bigger boost by using its lender-of-last-resort status in more direct ways than the current version of QE.

QE-ternity and Beyond

Michael Farr | Posted 09.21.2012 | Business
Michael Farr

Surprise! The Federal Reserve did something pretty much no one thought they would do: they announced dramatic additions to monetary accommodation less than two months before the elections.

Europe: United We Stand, Divided We Fall

Martin Varsavsky | Posted 11.20.2012 | World
Martin Varsavsky

How does the EU become the United States of Europe?

Are We Better Off Now Than Four Years Ago?

Daniel Simon | Posted 11.01.2012 | Politics
Daniel Simon

Romney asked a question at the RNC that addresses a number of issues in one. He asked his listeners if we were better off four years ago. In the word...

Why Is Wal-Mart Silent?

Paul A. London | Posted 10.28.2012 | Business
Paul A. London

Wal-Mart should be standing on a soap box denouncing the Republican Party for proposing exactly the policies Republicans championed in the 1930s.

Inflation Is Not the Solution to the Economic Crisis

Sheldon Filger | Posted 10.20.2012 | Business
Sheldon Filger

Why would inflation, a fiscal and monetary circumstance which human beings by instinct regard as an ill omen, be seen in such positive hues by economists as renowned as Nobel Prize winner Paul Krugman?


The Huffington Post | James Sunshine | Posted 08.17.2012 | Business

Everyone is wrong sometimes. Even economists, politicians and pundits. Predictions about the economy can often be confusing and contradictory. Is i...

Why You're Not Getting A Raise

SmartMoney | Jonnelle Marte | Posted 08.16.2012 | Money

SmartMoney Didn’t get a raise this year? Blame inflation. American wages didn’t budge last month, according to Labor Department data release...

Playing Poker With the Fed

Richard Barrington | Posted 10.15.2012 | Money
Richard Barrington

The Fed is like a poker player who has been dealt a weak hand. It's easy to criticize a losing player, but when one looks at the cards, it's hard to say exactly what should be done differently.

An Inflation Inflection and the Best Trillion We Shouldn't Spend

Robin Koerner | Posted 10.12.2012 | Politics
Robin Koerner

Since the government is only taking in about 57 cents in tax revenue for every dollar it spends (as it is currently doing while running its huge public deficit), why aren't we seeing all that massive inflation as this new government-spending-created money sloshes around the private sector?

Why Haven't Credit Card Rates Fallen Like Other Rates?

Richard Barrington | Posted 10.07.2012 | Money
Richard Barrington

Credit card rates have been slow to join the trend toward sharply lower rates in recent years. In fact, relative to inflation, some credit card rates are actually higher now than they were in 2007, the year before the recession began.

A Six-Figure Salary Isn't Going To Make You Rich

Bankrate | Craig Guillot | Posted 08.06.2012 | Money

One hundred thousand dollars. Since the 1980s, the magical "six-figure" salary has been a benchmark for financial success. Not too long ago, that inco...

No Price Like Home

Evan Soltas | Posted 10.01.2012 | Business
Evan Soltas

The Federal Reserve has been mis-measuring inflation for years. And there's a compelling case that its mis-measurement led, albeit indirectly, to the housing boom and bust, and therefore to the 2008 recession.

Fed Says Economy Is Slowing, Won't Do Anything About It

AP | MARTIN CRUTSINGER | Posted 10.01.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that the U.S. economy is losing strength and repeated a pledge to try to boost growth if hiring ...

PIMCO's Bill Gross: Inflation 'Doesn't Fairly Distribute Its Pain And Benefits'

Reuters | Posted 09.30.2012 | Business

By Sam Forgione NEW YORK, July 31 (Reuters) - Bill Gross, the co-founder and co-chief investment officer of bond giant PIMCO, says it ...

Rising Dollar Forces Bernanke's Hand

Michael Pento | Posted 09.24.2012 | Business
Michael Pento

Could it be that world governments and central banks are now taking drastic measures to re-inflate their economies because they don't believe their own economic statistics?

As China Costs Rise, US Factories Return Home

Reuters | Scott Malone and Ernest Scheyder | Posted 07.24.2012 | Small Business

(Reuters) - Seesmart Inc (SEST.PK), a small California lighting company, used to make all of its LED products in China, but last year that started to ...

2012: Half-full or Half-empty?

Richard Barrington | Posted 09.16.2012 | Business
Richard Barrington

Stimulus junkies actually took heart from the weak economic news, expecting it would spur the Fed to further action. Ultimately, though, this bad-news-is-good-news philosophy doesn't help the economy.

The Certainty of Debt and Taxes - The Fiscal Cliff Burden of Proof

Warren Mosler | Posted 09.08.2012 | Business
Warren Mosler

Federal deficit reduction should be off the table, and the burden of proof of a sufficiently high long term inflation risk be on those who want to put the deficit back on the table.

Come on Baby, Let's Do the Twist

Michael Farr | Posted 06.21.2012 | Business
Michael Farr

The Fed has become somewhat impotent and should pass the buck to Congress. If only Congress would answer the phone.

The Middle-Class Solution: GET OUT!

Grant Cardone | Posted 08.01.2012 | Money
Grant Cardone

People in the middle class must understand that it is no longer the safe haven of inspiration it was for their parents. Particularly, its lower and middle bands do not make enough money to save enough to create financial security.

Mark Gongloff

Bond Buyers Throwing Cash At Uncle Sam | Mark Gongloff | Posted 05.30.2012 | Business

The next time you hear somebody freaking out about U.S. government debt, you can remind them that there has never been a better time for the governmen...

The Clash of Generations

Laurence J. Kotlikoff | Posted 07.25.2012 | Politics
Laurence J. Kotlikoff

As we sit back and blithely watch Greece's death by debt, it's easy to assume it can never happen here. It can, and it will.