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Why Europe Is Doing the Ice Bucket Challenge With a Glass of Water

Gemma Godfrey | Posted 10.06.2014 | World
Gemma Godfrey

ECB President Mario Draghi has been highly effective with his words alone -- moving markets with speeches and little action. However, by doing so he has also set the bar high and expectations for action are becoming the norm.

Dilma Is Likely to Be Reelected, So Why Are Brazilians Celebrating?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.06.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

The wind appears to again be at Dilma Rousseff's back again, as Brazil's performance at the World Cup has virtually assured that she will be re-elected -- politics working as politics do.

U.S. Monetary Policy and Its Effects on Latin America

Alejandro Werner | Posted 03.18.2014 | Business
Alejandro Werner

The volatility since May 2013 tells us that the process of normalization of U.S. monetary policy will be complicated and volatile. So it is smart to prepare for bumps.

Looking at Entrepreneurship From a Theoretical Perspective, with Leading Expert Peter Klein

Steve Mariotti | Posted 03.01.2014 | Business
Steve Mariotti

I have built my career on the belief that all students can benefit from learning how to start and maintain a small business. But without understanding the theoretical underpinnings of this movement, we lose some of its significance.

Zach Carter

Jeff Merkley Wants You To Know He Stood Up To Wall Street

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) told HuffPost that he sees the finalization of regulation that banned Wall Street speculation with taxpayer m...

The Truth Behind Emerging Economies: Colombia Case

Felipe Ángel | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Felipe Ángel

America's financial and economical decisions will have an effect on emerging economies in the times to come. The reversal of flows will destabilise emerging economies, and an effort to attract investment will have to be made in order to keep the increasing growth rates in the GDP.

Bubbles Inflating Faster Than GDP

Michael Pento | Posted 07.13.2013 | Business
Michael Pento

There has been a lot of talk about a rebound in the equity and real estate markets helped along by the Fed's free money. That much is for sure the truth; but the evidence of a viable and sustainable recovery built on free-market forces just isn't there.

Is Colombia Suffering the Dutch Disease?

Felipe Ángel | Posted 07.10.2013 | World
Felipe Ángel

Despite the global economic situation, Colombia has shown resilience to external shocks in recent years, with reasonable economic performance in its region, in part due to responsible monetary policies conducted by the Central Bank.

How to Make a Graceful Exit: The Potential Perils of Ending Extraordinary Central Bank Policies

Erik Oppers | Posted 06.11.2013 | Business
Erik Oppers

The end of these unconventional monetary policies will come and may pose threats to financial stability because of the length and breadth of their unprecedented reign. Policymakers should be alert to the risks and take gradual and predictable measures to address them.

Platinum Coins Can Save the American Economy

Fred Lundgren | Posted 01.11.2013 | Politics
Fred Lundgren

Unless we choose a course that makes drastic changes to monetary and fiscal policies, each successive generation of Americans will work away their lives in quiet frustration in a system that guarantees repeated recessions, depressions, inflation and perpetual poverty.

Zach Carter

Fiscal Cliff Primer: Can America Default On Its Debt?

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 11.21.2012 | Politics

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Next In Line For Bernanke's Job Is Going To Have It Tough

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business

* U.S. central bank adopting series of policy guidelines * Next on agenda: economic thresholds to guide rate hikes * Bernanke expected to st...

A Worried Investor Is a Bullish Investor

Michael Farr | Posted 10.19.2012 | Business
Michael Farr

That investors are far from bullish may indicate more life and potential upside to this market rally. But nobody really knows. The third quarter saw quality blue chips enjoy better relative performance. As our posture remains defensive, we hope that this beneficial trend will continue.

There Might Be Some Shady Things Going On At Iraq's Central Bank

AP | ADAM SCHRECK | Posted 12.16.2012 | Business

BAGHDAD — Iraq abruptly removed the longtime governor of the country's central bank Tuesday after he and other bank officials were targeted in a...

Central Banks Can't Inflate Market Prices Forever

Mohamed A. El-Erian | Posted 12.12.2012 | Business
Mohamed A. El-Erian

Central banks should be respected. And they can certainly counter air pockets, but not forever. Either fundamentals will improve or asset prices will fall. Which outcome we eventually see depends in large part on whether other government entities finally step up to their policy responsibilities.

Money Printing Trumps Fundamentals

Michael Pento | Posted 12.09.2012 | Business
Michael Pento

Stock markets around the world continue to levitate despite the fact that the fundamentals behind the global economy continue to deteriorate. But that weak and worsening economic data didn't stop investors from sending stocks higher.

Central Banks Have Made Their Moves -- What's Next?

Jay Pelosky | Posted 11.27.2012 | Business
Jay Pelosky

Is it possible that policy makers and investors have already enjoyed all the good news and rising prices they are going to get from recent Central Bank action?

Governments May Actually Need To Help Boost Growth, Leaders Say

Reuters | Posted 11.24.2012 | Business

* G20 deputies eye global economy with concern * Delegates say "currency wars" not big issue * Urge governments to do mo...

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.

The Futile Search for Signs of Doubt Among Central Bankers

Bevis Longstreth | Posted 11.20.2012 | Business
Bevis Longstreth

The Fed has a tiger by the tail with its program. It is creating a giant bubble in capital asset prices, especially in our stock markets. To let the tiger go is to be eaten.

Central Banks' "Responsible Irresponsibility"?

Mohamed A. El-Erian | Posted 11.11.2012 | Business
Mohamed A. El-Erian

Central bankers seem to be the only policymakers both willing and able to respond to many unusual challenges. Yes they are using imperfect tools. Yes the outcomes of their actions involve collateral damage and unintended consequences. But they see all this as preferable to the alternative of doing nothing.

Twilight Zone Economics

Michael Pento | Posted 10.07.2012 | Business
Michael Pento

In this upside down world of phony Keynesian Economics, doing "whatever it takes to preserve the Euro" apparently now means promising to dilute the purchasing power of the currency into oblivion.

Don't Blame Bernanke

Robert Kuttner | Posted 10.05.2012 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

If you watched any of the PBS encore broadcast of the Ken Burns documentary, The War, this past week, you have some sense of what kind of a production machine can be energized by government contracts in the face of a depressed economy. There is so much that we could spend that money on -- energy self sufficiency, infrastructure, a smart electrical grid, public transportation, better education at all levels -- all of which would not only create economic activity and jobs, but would make for a more productive economy. But nothing like this is part of the mainstream conversation. If you propose this sort of thing, you are packed off to the Museum of Un-reconstructed Keynesians. White House economists quietly admit that you are right, but you are politically radioactive (even with a Nobel Prize.)

Did Draghi Say What Investors Heard?

Raymond Ressy | Posted 10.03.2012 | Business
Raymond Ressy

Regardless of whether Draghi's recent statements were a statement of the obvious, investors seized upon the words as a way to try to force the ECB to take action.

The Fed's Next Move

Michael Pento | Posted 09.15.2012 | Business
Michael Pento

If they get their wish, watch for the gold market to explode higher in price, as the U.S. dollar sinks into the abyss.