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Inflation: The Silent Killer?

Claude Ohanesian | Posted 04.11.2014 | 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 04.09.2014 | 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 04.09.2014 | 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 04.09.2014 | 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 04.08.2014 | 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 04.08.2014 | 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 04.04.2014 | 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 03.20.2014 | 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 03.19.2014 | 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 03.17.2014 | 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.

Why Austerity Is Counterproductive In The New Economy

Larry Summers | Posted 03.07.2014 | World
Larry Summers

Changes in the structure of the economy have led to a significant shift in the natural balance between savings and investment, causing a decline in the equilibrium or normal real rate of interest that is associated with full employment. In this situation, a temporary increase in fiscal stimulus reduces, rather than increases, the long-run debt-to-GDP ratio.Anything that stimulates demand will operate in a positive direction. Austerity is counterproductive unless it generates so much confidence that it is a net increaser of demand.

Venezuelan Crisis: Resentment, Struggle and a Way Forward

Stephanie Rudat | Posted 02.28.2014 | World
Stephanie Rudat

It is evident that the problems of inflation, scarcity, crime and violence are issues that affect all Venezuelans equally, regardless of their political affiliation or ideologies. Why, then, is the population still divided?

Noam Chomsky: Nixon Was 'Last Liberal President'

The Huffington Post | Christine Conetta | Posted 02.25.2014 | Politics

Three Democrats have held the position of commander-in-chief since the Richard Nixon era, but if you ask philosopher Noam Chomsky, it was the 37th pre...

Prisoners of Poverty: A Flip Side of Pakistan

Mariam Khan | Posted 04.13.2014 | World
Mariam Khan

Struck with one of the highest inflation rates in the world along with scarce job opportunities, extreme levels of poverty and an endless wave of terrorism that has blanketed the city, residents of Karachi, the industrial hub of Pakistan are certainly going through turbulent times.

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.

Bernanke's Colorful Metaphor For The Financial Crisis Is Spot-On

AP | By MARTIN CRUTSINGER | Posted 03.18.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — In his final public appearance as chairman of the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke took a moment to reflect on the 2008 financial cri...

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.

Beyond Borders: Growth Challenges for Emerging Markets

Kalpana Kochhar | Posted 03.16.2014 | Business
Kalpana Kochhar

A number of emerging market economies have been on a rollercoaster since the U.S. Federal Reserve announced last May the eventual tapering of its asset purchase program. This is another reminder of how susceptible these economies remain to economic conditions outside their borders.

Your Own Money Gift

Terry Savage | Posted 02.22.2014 | Business
Terry Savage

If your goal is to have enough money to spend, and give, and feel financially secure in the process -- then you'll have to start thinking about the current and future implications of what you do with money today.

Monetary Policy Will Never Be the Same

Olivier Blanchard | Posted 02.04.2014 | Business
Olivier Blanchard

Two weeks ago, the IMF organized a major research conference, in honor of Stanley Fischer, on lessons from the crisis. Here is my take.

Will Things Economic Soon Be Looking Up?! Sorry, I Don't See It...

Jared Bernstein | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business
Jared Bernstein

We know that the economy's been growing and that company profits have been high. There's nothing wrong with profits, but there's definitely something wrong when they fail to lead to employment and earnings gains for the broad majority.

16,000!

Reuters | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business

NEW YORK, Nov 21 (Reuters) - The Dow industrials closed above 16,000 on Thursday for the first time and other major indexes also ended higher after ...

Inflation Goes Underground

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

Inflation is not a thing of the past. It has merely gone underground for a while. I believe it is inevitable that it will eventually reappear in its traditional form of rising prices for food, fuel, rent, clothing, and other basic costs of living, and you will see this begin in 2014.

Localism is the Cause of High Healthcare Costs

Paul A. London | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Paul A. London

Antitrust laws should be used to prevent larger healthcare organizations from stifling competition in local markets but large medical businesses competing on price, service and quality is what the country needs to lower healthcare costs.

Venezuela Inflation Rate Soars To Unseen Levels

AP | Posted 11.08.2013 | Latino Voices

CARACAS, Venezuela -- CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Inflation in Venezuela has surged above 50 percent as a plunge in the value of the currency deters i...