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Higher Education Legislative Priorities: An Open Letter to Newly Elected Representatives and Senators

David J. Skorton | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
David J. Skorton

Why would we educate children at public expense from kindergarten through high school and then deny them the ability to pursue higher education? I offer for your consideration a few suggestions for legislation.

Homebuilders Look Cheap, Gold Looks Expensive

James Berman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
James Berman

Complacency is returning to markets. Risk aversion is evaporating. Recovery is in the air. Even the animal spirits are returning, with M&A activity re...

Walmart Marks Up Toy Prices for the Holiday Season

Paul Snyder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Paul Snyder

Americans freshly reminded of the founding family's $86.8 billion fortune may see this more like a penalty for late shoppers.

Don't Be Fooled: Inflation Has the Upper Hand

Chris Martenson, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Chris Martenson, Ph.D.

Here at Martenson Central, we are endlessly keeping a close eye out for the emergence of deflation, defined here as the purchasing power of the dollar going up.

Is QE2 the Road to Zimbabwe-style Hyperinflation? Not Likely

Ellen Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ellen Brown

Unlike Zimbabwe, the U.S. can easily get the currency it needs without being beholden to anyone. But wouldn't that dilute the value of the currency? No.

Fiat Currency Fever: The Causes

Bill Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Bill Baker

Note: Any resemblance of this parody to an article published recently by the New York Times is purely intentional. It is part religion, part politic...

Why A Little Inflation Could Actually Boost Hiring

AP | By JEANNINE AVERSA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business


In Praise Of Inflation | James Surowiecki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

And so a surprising number of high-profile economists, on both the left and the right, think that it's time for the Fed to try one more extraordinary ...

End of the Line for Redistribution and Monetary Policy?

Max Fraad Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Max Fraad Wolff

Over the last few decades, several trends have shaped economic flows and returns. In the developed world, we have seen a historically rare and nearly ...

The Real Reason for QE2

Bill Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Bill Baker

The Fed's announcement that it will buy approximately $600 billion of US Treasury securities or more in the coming months has, for the first time, pro...

China Needs to Hit the Brakes; US Needs to Step on the Gas

Robert Lenzner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert Lenzner

The dichotomy between the world's two greatest economies is the tension most impacting the financial markets and geopolitics today.

Open Wide, Minimum Wage Is Good For You

Stephen Herrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Herrington

Attacks on the minimum wage are the final resort of business to maintain profitability in markets put into decline by their own anti-labor agenda.

Thoughts on Inflation, Deflation and Interest Rates

Alan Schram | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Alan Schram

We are experiencing a new paradigm, where both inflation and deflation are prevalent -- and this dichotomy is vexing.

Ben Bernanke's Trifecta of Errors

Dean Baker | Posted 09.10.2012 | Business
Dean Baker

The country is paying an enormous cost for Ben Bernanke's errors. In any other line of work any one of his errors would be huge enough to have someone drummed out of the profession.

INFOGRAPHIC: A Visual Guide To Deflation

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Worried about the increasing danger of deflation in the U.S. economy? Deflation is a tricky subject and something the Federal Reserve is particularly ...

Deflation and Bank Rates: Good or Bad news for Depositors?

Richard Barrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Richard Barrington

Now that the economic recovery has lost momentum, talk in the financial press has returned to the possibility of deflation. To generations raised to f...

Policy Options Dwindle as Economic Fears Grow

New York Times | Peter S. Goodman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

THE American economy is once again tilting toward danger. Despite an aggressive regimen of treatments from the conventional to the exotic -- more than...

Bernanke Tries To Manage Expectations

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Federal Reserve officials and economists appear increasingly united in their view that the partisan gridlock on fiscal policy in Washington has cloude...

Bernanke to World: "We're Going to Fiddle While Rome Burns"

Bill Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Bill Baker

In Jackson Hole, Wyoming today Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said the risk of an "undesirable rise in inflation or of significant further disinflation see...

Chris Martenson: The U.S. Economy Is 'Dangerously Close' To Experiencing Stagflation

Sherry Shen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

"When people ask me -- are we [experiencing] inflation or deflation? I say 'Yes'. We are experiencing both right now," economic researcher Chris Marte...

Is Deflation Now "The Peril?" And What Do You Do if It Is?

Eric Schurenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Eric Schurenberg

The Seven Faces of The Peril may never outsell Twilight, but as economic papers go, it's pretty Gothic. The author is James Bullard, the president of the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank, and it caused ripples on Wall Street when it was published last week.

Weekly Audit: Silencing Conservative Deficit Hawks

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

The same conservatives who spent the past year senselessly screaming about the U.S. budget deficit are now demanding an extension of the Bush tax cuts for the rich.

Stranguflation: Deflation and Inflation Where it Hurts America Most

Janet Tavakoli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Janet Tavakoli

Our bloated financial sector has been sucking the life-blood out of the U.S. economy for years, and recent decisions insure it will continue to feed off taxpayers, while the host economy struggles for life.

Don't Lose Sleep Over Deflation

Michael Pento | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael Pento

Considering that evidence of inflation abounds, the Federal Reserve has pulled off a good trick by convincing Americans that we are about to "suffer" through a protracted period of deflation.

Small Investors and the Implications of the Financial Reform Bill

Irene Aldridge | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Irene Aldridge

While traditional brokers blame the investor exodus from the markets on the latest technological innovations, many investors have taken out their cash out of stocks for more prosaic reasons.