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The Tradeoff Between Inflation and Unemployment: What We Don't Know Can Hurt Us

Jared Bernstein | Posted 07.28.2014 | Business
Jared Bernstein

To assert that economists are having trouble figuring out the relationship between inflation and unemployment is like saying chefs can't figure out what to do with salt and pepper. It's that fundamental. Yet, we're befuddled, and that has powerful policy implications.

How To Fix Venezuela's Troubled Exchange Rate

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 07.24.2014 | World
Mark Weisbrot

Once the black market differential is big enough, it also increases the incentive for corruption; unlike selling cocaine, you don't even need risk to leaving this world in a hail of bullets if you can get access to official dollars at 6.3 Bf and sell them for 72 on the black market.

What Your Chipotle Burrito Is Trying To Tell You About The Economy

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 07.22.2014 | Business

Have you recently eaten a Chipotle burrito in front of the TV while binge-watching one of your shows on Netflix? Maybe? Probably? If so, then you, my ...

Latvia, the Country Prof. Krugman Loves to Hate, Wins 1st Prize

Steve H. Hanke | Posted 07.18.2014 | World
Steve H. Hanke

Latvia, a country Paul Krugman loves to hate, takes the prize for the least miserable of the former Soviet Union countries in this sub-ranking.

We Need Some Inflation!

Harlan Green | Posted 07.08.2014 | Business
Harlan Green

Maybe raising the Fed's inflation target would encourage more demand and rising incomes, or are we as traumatized by the 1970s era of stagflation as the German's were in the 1920s?

The Future of Higher Education: Is There a Middle Ground?

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 07.07.2014 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

If leadership ultimately must come from within higher education, will the disruptive innovators who understand the history and traditions step forward to make change happen?

When is Higher Inflation Good?

Harlan Green | Posted 06.20.2014 | Money
Harlan Green

The short answer is that higher inflation comes from higher growth rates, and so when an economy expands robustly, then prices should also rise robust...

The Enigmatic Legacy of Manmohan Singh

Ronak D. Desai | Posted 06.19.2014 | World
Ronak D. Desai

A closer examination of Singh's record reveals a combination of both profound failure and accomplishment. Far from being settled, Singh's legacy is likely to remain the subject of vigorous debate for years to come.

4 Reasons Why Your Payroll Costs Will Soon Be Exploding

Gene Marks | Posted 06.03.2014 | Small Business
Gene Marks

In the next few years you will see an explosion in your payroll costs. They will rise, overall, between 5 to 10 percent depending on your industry and your region. Why?

Having Control Over Your Time Is the Only Sensible Financial Goal

The Motley Fool | Posted 07.14.2014 | Business
The Motley Fool

The field of positive psychology teaches us that having control over your time is one of the biggest keys to being happy. People adjust to material stuff quickly. But losing control of your time makes almost everyone miserable.

My Bonds Will Do What When Interest Rates Go Up?

David A. Dedman | Posted 07.02.2014 | Money
David A. Dedman

Most investors own bonds in their portfolios. We buy them for safety and to diversify our portfolios. More and more we are starting to hear about rising interest rates.

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.

5 Investment Mistakes That Can Destroy Your Porfolio

Todd Tresidder | Posted 06.25.2014 | Money
Todd Tresidder

There's no reason for you to learn about investment mistakes the hard way. Instead, learn from others so you can avoid the obvious potholes. Here are my top five investment mistakes that can destroy your portfolio's long-term performance.

The Bond Market Disagrees With The Fed: So What's New About That?

Terry Connelly | Posted 06.22.2014 | Business
Terry Connelly

Bond traders seem to have seen Steve Martin's The Man With Two Brains so often they have forgotten it was a comedy. And these are the folks the equity markets are supposed to pay attention to?

Dave Jamieson

How The Clinton White House Played Politics With The Minimum Wage

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 04.18.2014 | Politics

Democrats in Congress and a clear majority of Americans would like to raise the minimum wage and tie it to an inflation index so that it keeps up with...

Inflation: The Silent Killer?

Claude Ohanesian | Posted 06.11.2014 | Business
Claude Ohanesian

Is there an inflation issue in the US? People are always talking about prices going up. We see it and feel it in prices every day. Yet, when we hear or read about the latest inflation numbers, they are always low. We feel inflation but it is not reflected in the numbers.

Public Finances Are on the Mend, but No Clean Bill of Health

Martine Guerguil | Posted 06.09.2014 | Business
Martine Guerguil

We've had a spate of good news on the economic front recently. Does this mean that we are finally out of the fiscal woods? According to our most recen...

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.

U.S. Oil Boom Makes Gas Cheaper, But Not by Much

Daniel J. Graeber | Posted 06.09.2014 | Business
Daniel J. Graeber

Crude oil sourced in the United States is cheaper and therefore means less pain at the pump for American drivers. When adjusted for inflation, however, the price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is still high because of international dynamics, AAA said Monday.

Introducing the Higgs Boson and Its Siblings!

Dr. Sten Odenwald | Posted 06.08.2014 | Science
Dr. Sten Odenwald

What does your weight on a bathroom scale, the expansion of our universe today, and the Big Bang have in common? If modern ideas in physics are correct, they are all caused by a new family of particles called "spin-zero bosons." Let's have a look!

As Demand Improves, Time to Focus More on Supply

Olivier Blanchard | Posted 06.08.2014 | Business
Olivier Blanchard

The dynamics that were emerging at the time of the October 2013 World Economic Outlook are becoming more visible. Put simply, the recovery is strengthening.

Markets Trump Tanks -- The Number One Lesson From Ukraine

Edward Goldberg | Posted 06.02.2014 | World
Edward Goldberg

Globalization and economic integration have created a new weapon and a new deterrent: the potential use of the marketplace against an aggressive nation state.

The Fed Moves the Goal Line

Michael Farr | Posted 05.20.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

I believe that the Fed has overreached in its monetary policy not just in response to the latest crisis, but pretty consistently over the 15-20 years. In an effort to lessen the effects of (inevitable) economic downturns, the Fed (and other central banks) has caused extreme financial distortions and dislocations.

What Did Janet Yellen and FOMC Comments Mean?

Harlan Green | Posted 05.19.2014 | Business
Harlan Green

The moment that the Federal Reserve's FOMC meeting ended, and its comments were released, interest rates rose. Why?

Good Morning, Inflation! Hello, Multiverse!

Max Tegmark | Posted 05.17.2014 | Science
Max Tegmark

It's a sensational breakthrough involving not only our cosmic origins, but also the nature of space: by producing the first-ever detection of Hawking radiation (the process by which inflation's rapid doubling generates these gravitational waves), the BICEP2 team has found the first experimental evidence for quantum gravity.