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Wanted: One-Handed Economists

Charles Kolb | Posted 06.15.2016 | Politics
Charles Kolb

The current state of the U.S. and global economies is unclear. Wherever you look, the data and trends suggest uncertainty. Will the Federal Reserve raise interest rates next month? Will economic growth ever again exceed 2 percent? Is the stock market overvalued and on the verge of another major dip?

Monday Market Manipulation - BOJ Now Owns 10% of the Nikkei

Phil Davis | Posted 04.25.2016 | Business
Phil Davis

This is getting silly. The Bank of Japan is already a top shareholder in 90% of the Nikkei's 225 companies so, on any given day, if you're selli...

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. ...

BREXIT - Can the UK Escape the Clutches of Goldman Sachs?

Phil Davis | Posted 03.10.2016 | Business
Phil Davis

The MSM isn't allowed to frame it this way, but these are the battle lines. What's really going on in the EU is what's going on all over the Wor...

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 ...

The Citadel Is Breached: Congress Taps the Fed for Infrastructure Funding

Ellen Brown | Posted 01.18.2016 | Politics
Ellen Brown

In a landmark infrastructure bill passed in December, Congress finally penetrated the Fed's "independence" by tapping its reserves and bank dividends for infrastructure funding.

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?

Friday: Draghi Fever Has Traders Ignoring More Terrorism

Phil Davis | Posted 11.20.2015 | Business
Phil Davis

170 hostages were taken at the Radisson Hotel in Mali. I know - where's Mali? Who cares? Apparently, not too many of you do because the Futures...

An End To Austerity?

Harlan Green | Posted 11.09.2015 | Business
Harlan Green

The result of such austerity policies has been lost output and overall wealth that several economists say could last for years--and may even be permanent--hurting both jobs and economic output.

Senator Ted Cruz Really Wants to Return to the Gold Standard... Has He Heard of the Great Depression?

Marvin Meadors | Posted 10.30.2015 | Politics
Marvin Meadors

Radical conservatives, such as Cruz, and libertarians believe gold to be a hedge against inflation. It is curious to be concerned about inflation at a time when it is at historic lows and short-term interests rates are at zero, making borrowing money just about free.

Want to Grow the Economy? Time to Unleash the Devil.

Lynn Parramore | Posted 10.30.2015 | Business
Lynn Parramore

Adair Turner discusses his new book, Between Debt and the Devil: Money, Credit, and Fixing Global Finance and the critical questions -- and radical solutions -- that can help lift the economy for everyone.

Tricky Tuesday -- More China Easing Spooks the Bears

Phil Davis | Posted 10.27.2015 | Business
Phil Davis

Oh this is so ridiculous! After opening down 200 points (1%) the PBOC boosted the Chinese markets with yet another announcement of easing monetary policy.

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...

Testy Tuesday: German Investor Confidence Crashes With the DAX

Phil Davis | Posted 09.15.2015 | Business
Phil Davis

As noted yesterday, the DAX is in trouble. It's no surprise to us then that, this morning, Germany's ZEW Economic Sentiment Indicator fell more ...

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.

Has the Chinese Market Finished "Correcting"?

Michael Farr | Posted 07.13.2016 | Business
Michael Farr

All things considered, the major equity markets of the world have been fairly orderly for the past year and a half. That is, all except the Chinese market.

Riding a Growth Wave

Michael Farr | Posted 06.25.2016 | Business
Michael Farr

It is still early days for the American newfound interest in health and wellness, but as organics only make up 5 percent of total food sales I think the industry has a long runway of growth ahead.

Irrational Exuberance?

Michael Farr | Posted 05.21.2016 | Business
Michael Farr

I've stated repeatedly that a massive amount of stimulus has been required to generate GDP growth of just 2.0%-2.5% annually since the end of the Great Recession (June 2009). We have further said that the removal or reversal of some of these stimulants will be a tough hurdle for the economy to overcome.

What Is About To Crash - The Markets, The Economy? Neither, Even If Greenspan (Who?) Says So!

Terry Connelly | Posted 05.15.2016 | Business
Terry Connelly

It's late spring, and the Chicken Littles are back. They don't fly but they do cluck.

Poking Holes in the Strong-Dollar Thesis

Michael Farr | Posted 05.11.2016 | Business
Michael Farr

The dollar began its ascent against other major world currencies in mid-2014. The move higher was fast and furious, but the greenback ran into some resistance beginning in the middle of March.

Where Is That GDP Growth We Keep Waiting For?

Luis Ubiñas | Posted 05.04.2016 | Money
Luis Ubiñas

Balancing the budget through reduced spending and increased revenues, ending the vast expansion of the Federal Reserve's balance sheet and normalizing interest rates, are all necessary actions in the effort to right the economy in the face of the Great Recession.

Protester Attacks ECB President Mario Draghi

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 04.15.2015 | Business

"End the ECB dictatorship!"