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Zach Carter

How The Fed Blew Its Most Important Job For Over Three Years

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve was aware of risky practices at JPMorgan Chase as early as 2008 but failed to follow up for more than three years un...

Should You Sell???

Michael Farr | Posted 10.17.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

The growth of the American and global economies are the underlying drivers for most all equity investments. A clear discipline, dogged research, and dispassionate assessment are an investor's best friends.

The Buyback Binge

Michael Farr | Posted 10.02.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

Remember, markets go down from time to time, and it's normal. Cool heads and steady hands make money over time.

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.

Another Flash Crash or Market Shutdown?

Michael Farr | Posted 09.11.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

Technology seems to have solved the trade execution issue, so I don't foresee an overwhelming market shutdown. Fidelity now offers an amazing 1 second trade confirmation guarantee.

Loan Me $250,000. Please!

Michael Farr | Posted 09.04.2014 | Money
Michael Farr

I want to buy a house. Would you be willing to loan me $250,000 for 30 years at 4.25 percent? Your answer is crucially important. Before you answer, keep in mind that you will be taxed on the interest you receive.

The Top 3 Percent Of Americans Now Hold 54 Percent Of The Country's Wealth

Reuters | Posted 09.04.2014 | Business

Sept 4 (Reuters) - The gap between the richest Americans and the rest of the nation widened after the Great Recession, a survey by the Federal Reser...

Margins Remain Suspicious

Michael Farr | Posted 10.22.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

So what are the causes for optimism with regard to future earnings power? Well, the most notable are probably the recent sharp decreases in interest rates and gas prices.

Shahien Nasiripour

The Federal Reserve Is Telling Us The Economy Is Pitiful

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 08.07.2014 | Politics

Fewer than one-third of Americans report being better off financially than they were five years ago, with weak household savings and hefty debt burden...

Enough Fed! Give Free Markets a Chance!

Michael Farr | Posted 09.24.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

The widespread expansion of credit to car-buyers, especially to sub-prime borrowers, is beginning to cause some industry observers to cry "bubble." Is this economic progress?

More of the Same

Michael Farr | Posted 08.18.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

As expected, the Federal Reserve stuck to its pattern of reducing asset purchases by another $10 billion. The monthly pace is now down to just $35 bi...

What's Going on With Interest Rates?

Michael Farr | Posted 07.29.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

An aggressive rally in the Treasury market this morning has resulted in the lowest 10-year Treasury yield since June of last year.  Nearly everyone is looking for an explanation as to why longer-term interest rates continue to fall in the face of reduced Fed support and better economic data.  So what is going on?

Tracking Earnings

Michael Farr | Posted 07.19.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

While the overall quality and composition of earnings in the 1Q may have improved somewhat, index earnings growth remains highly dependent on margin expansion.

Mark Gongloff

Reason No. 567,397 The Market Is Rigged

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Gongloff | Posted 05.15.2014 | Business

For at least the past 16 years, stock market traders have apparently been profiting from sneak peeks at the most important monetary policy decisions i...

Fed Chair Not Sure Whether To Call U.S. An Oligarchy Or Democracy

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 05.09.2014 | Politics

Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen said Wednesday that she doesn't know whether the U.S. political system is a democracy or an oligarchy, as a recent ...

Economists Are Wrong

Michael Farr | Posted 07.07.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

To boil things down, there are really only two roads we can follow in an environment of such as this. The economy will either muddle along at a sub-par rate of about 2 percent until balance is restored, or we go down the path of running up debt in an effort to produce higher growth rates in the near term.

Fed Isn't Too Worried About Weak Economic Growth, Will Cut Stimulus Further

Reuters | By Howard Schneider and Michael Flaherty | Posted 04.30.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON, April 30 (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve on Wednesday looked past a dismal reading on first quarter U.S. economic growth and announced a c...

Market Noise and Fed Messaging

Michael Farr | Posted 06.16.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

So far this year, the mid-cap banks are outperforming their behemoth cousins, and we now may know why. The big question, though, is how detrimental have these new regulations been to the economic recovery?

"FedUp" Activists Identify the Source of Economic Pain -- The Federal Reserve

Jerry Ashton | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics
Jerry Ashton

For the first time since the '30s, the 99 percent stood up and pointed out the real culprits -- Wall Street and the politicians they own. People listened, they heard, and began to believe.

Why Equities Sold Off Despite a Dovish Fed

Mohamed A. El-Erian | Posted 05.19.2014 | Business
Mohamed A. El-Erian

Equities sold off while the yield curve flattened as a result of a selloff in shorter maturities. Why?

Fed Trims Stimulus Again

Reuters | Ann Saphir and Krista Hughes | Posted 03.19.2014 | Business

(Recasts first graph, adds comment from Yellen, market comment, adds bullets) * Fed drops unemployment threshold for path of rates * Monthly bon...

Yellen Nails The Economy's Biggest Problem

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 02.28.2014 | Business

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen might not know what is causing a massive income inequality problem in this country, or how to solve it. But at leas...

Mother Nature Clouds the Outlook

Michael Farr | Posted 04.27.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

How much of the slowing can be blamed on Mother Nature? Nobody knows for sure, of course, but there is enough reason to believe that the brisk pace of growth recorded in the second half of 2013 will not be sustained in 2014.

Mark Gongloff

The Fed Was Constantly 'Behind The Curve' During The Financial Crisis, New Transcripts Show

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Gongloff | Posted 02.21.2014 | Business

Federal Reserve policy makers were repeatedly caught by surprise as the economy and financial markets collapsed around them in 2008, according to newl...

Fed Officials Agreed On Cuts To Stimulus

AP | By MARTIN CRUTSINGER | Posted 04.21.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve officials agreed at their January meeting that further gradual reductions in their stimulus would be appropriate a...