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Is The Federal Reserve Printing A Free Lunch?

Terry Burnham, Ph.D. | Posted 09.17.2014 | Business
Terry Burnham, Ph.D.

I continue to believe that this grand Keynesian experiment will end in tears. Furthermore, when it ends badly, future generations will not be able to believe our stupidity.

5 Things You Need to Know to Profit in Europe

Gemma Godfrey | Posted 06.28.2014 | Business
Gemma Godfrey

As an investor, misunderstandings and overreaction can offer some of the best opportunities to profit. Here, five widely held beliefs are challenged and attractive investment strategies revealed.

Global Financial Stability: Beginning to Turn the Corner

José Viñals | Posted 06.09.2014 | Business
José Viñals

Global financial stability is improving -- we have begun to turn the corner. But it is too early to declare victory as there is a need to move beyond liquidity dependence -- the central theme of our report -- to overcome the remaining challenges to global stability.

Recovery Strengthening, But Much Work Remains

Olivier Blanchard | Posted 03.23.2014 | Business
Olivier Blanchard

Among advanced economies, it is stronger in the US than in Europe, stronger in the euro core than in Southern Europe. In most advanced economies, unemployment remains much too high. And downside risks remain.

Gold Reveals Global Economy on Thin Ice

Michael Pento | Posted 06.19.2013 | Business
Michael Pento

Explanations for this gold selloff abound everywhere and nearly all of them are inane and incorrect. What gold is really telling us is that the global economy is on very thin ice.

Japan: Worse Than a Deflationary Trap

Barry D. Wood | Posted 01.06.2013 | Business
Barry D. Wood

Since Japan's asset bubbles burst over 20 years ago, policy makers have persistently fiddled with the levers of monetary and fiscal policy but their efforts have spectacularly failed.

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.

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?

Deflation Isn't the Enemy

Michael Pento | Posted 07.24.2012 | Business
Michael Pento

We now have entire nations which have become insolvent. It would be very difficult to argue that having a banking crisis is better than enduring a sovereign debt crisis, especially since much of the assets banks hold is sovereign debt.

It must be impossible for the Fed to create inflation

Warren Mosler | Posted 01.15.2012 | Business
Warren Mosler

Hardly an hour goes by without some pundit pushing the possibility of some kind of run away inflation, with Zimbabwe and Weimar rolling off the tongue...

Prices Fall For First Time In Four Months

Posted 11.16.2011 | Business

U.S. consumer prices fell in October for the first time in four months as Americans paid less for new cars and gasoline, although prices outside o...

Bernanke Speech Unlikely To Unveil Major Program, Economists Say

AP | By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER | Posted 10.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Many on Wall Street hope Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will unveil a new effort Friday to boost the economy in a highly anticipa...

Higher Prices Hit Cash-Strapped Back-To-School Shoppers

AP | ANNE D'INNOCENZIO | Posted 10.19.2011 | Business

NEW YORK — Stores are trying everything they can think of to disguise the fact that you're going to pay more for clothes this fall. Some are us...

Fed Remains Noncommittal About New Stimulus, Despite Sluggish Economy

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 10.03.2011 | Business

With the debt-ceiling fight resolved, and discouraging economic reports piling up, the Federal Reserve is under close scrutiny for signs that it might...

Consumer Spending Falls For First Time In Nearly Two Years

Posted 10.02.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON (Lucia Mutikani) - Consumer spending unexpectedly fell in June to post the first decline in nearly two years as incomes barely rose, a ...

CHARTS: Nine Signs The U.S. Recovery Might Be Losing Momentum

The Huffington Post | James Sunshine | Posted 09.18.2011 | Business

Look at any number of recent economic indicators, and it's easy to understand why there have been whispers of a double-dip recession. If the economy i...

One-Fifth Of Personal Income Tied To Government Payments Last Year

The Huffington Post | James Sunshine | Posted 09.10.2011 | Business

This post has been corrected. With employment only increasing by a net total of 18,000 jobs in June, a new report by Moody's Analytics suggests jus...

The Five Best And Worst Industries In June

The Huffington Post | James Sunshine | Posted 09.07.2011 | Business

Solving America's employment crisis just became even more daunting, if that's believable. In June, the U.S. economy added only 18,000 jobs total. ...

DeLong: Economy Is In A Liquidity Trap

Bloomberg | Brad DeLong | Posted 09.04.2011 | Business

There is only one real law of economics: the law of supply and demand. If the quantity supplied goes up, the price goes down....

Bonnie Kavoussi

Federal Reserve Keeps Power On Reserve For Another Day | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 08.22.2011 | Business

NEW YORK -- Another major policymaker has decided to take a more detached stance toward the economic slowdown. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernank...

Bonnie Kavoussi

Federal Reserve Admits Economic Recovery Is Slowing, But Announces No Bold Moves In Response | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 08.22.2011 | Business

UPDATE: Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said on Wednesday that the Federal Reserve's monetary policy will remain essentially unchanged, even ...

European Central Bank: 'Strong Vigilance' Needed To Fight Inflation

Posted 08.09.2011 | Business

FRANKFURT (Sakari Suoninen) - The European Central Bank is in "strong vigilance" mode over inflation pressures, ECB President Jean-Claude Trichet ...

Japan's Prices Rise For First Time In Two Years

AP | Posted 07.27.2011 | Business

TOKYO -- Japan's consumer prices in April rose for the first time in more than two years on a spike in energy and tobacco prices, the government said ...

While Washington Turns to 2012, Ben Bernanke Is Still Focused on 2008

David Paul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Paul

Each time Ben Bernanke testifies before Congress, his job gets more difficult. Firmly ensconced between a rock and a hard place, Bernanke must defend the drastic measures he is taking while denying any extreme concerns that he might have.