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Inflation: The Latest Threat to Mortgage Rates

Richard Barrington | Posted 07.17.2013 | Business
Richard Barrington

Since mortgage lenders are very sensitive to the threat of inflation, this rise in the CPI could lead to another wave of mortgage rate increases.

Mortgage Application Activity Could Stall If Inflation Heats Up

Richard Barrington | Posted 07.03.2013 | Business
Richard Barrington

A continued rise in mortgage rates will impact potential home buyers and refinancers, but it is refinancers who are most likely to scrap their plans altogether. Meanwhile though, a new cloud appeared on the economic horizon which could discourage home buyers as well.

An Eventful Week for Mortgage Rates

Richard Barrington | Posted 08.21.2013 | Business
Richard Barrington

There were three especially noteworthy events concerning mortgages during the week of June 17. All of them point to a mortgage environment very much in a state of change.

The Fed Provides 'Forward Guidance' on the Taper and May Be, Once Again, Too Optimistic

Jared Bernstein | Posted 08.20.2013 | Business
Jared Bernstein

The Fed is feeling better about the economy because they perceive it to be on steadier footing than at any time since the crash. But as I see it, there's an important difference between steady-footing and actually getting up and running ahead.

Iran's Inflation Is Still a Big Problem

Steve H. Hanke | Posted 06.18.2013 | World
Steve H. Hanke

Those data that are reported tend to possess what I've described as an "Alice in Wonderland" quality. In light of this, it is fair to suggest that any official data on Iran's inflation be taken with a grain of salt. So, how can this problem be overcome?

Inflation: The Reagan Myth and Carter Record

Paul A. London | Posted 08.11.2013 | Business
Paul A. London

When people repeat the myth about the courageous steps Ronald Reagan took to fight inflation, don't buy it. Instead tell them about Carter's record for which you can cite data from the Fed itself and legislative chapter and verse.

Here's Your Inflation

Michael Pento | Posted 08.11.2013 | Business
Michael Pento

Most market commentators now claim with certainty that the central bank's unprecedented manipulation of markets has been done without creating any inflation. This assertion is untrue in every aspect.

What Will the Fed Do??

Harlan Green | Posted 08.07.2013 | Business
Harlan Green

Now the fat's in the fire. Both stocks and bond prices have been falling of late, due to the fear that the Fed will end its $85 billion per month QE ...

The Facts of the Case and Why We're Not Following Them

Jared Bernstein | Posted 08.06.2013 | Business
Jared Bernstein

Those obsessing about deficits never cared so much about deficits. They use deficits and debt to further their shrink-the-government agenda. In that context, the fact that the deficit numbers no longer support their four-alarm-fire messaging strategy is but a minor inconvenience.

The 4 Percent Inflation Target

Jared Bernstein | Posted 07.28.2013 | Business
Jared Bernstein

Low inflation and asset bubbles are a particularly toxic combination, and they're increasingly common.

Helpful Tips for Managing Investment Risk

Women & Co | Posted 07.22.2013 | Business
Women & Co

Regardless of our dreams, we still must contend with the uncertainty of whether we will live one decade or three decades in retirement (the more the better in my view), as well as whether our family will need our financial support or whether we will need theirs.

Government Failure vs. Market Failure

Jared Bernstein | Posted 07.21.2013 | Business
Jared Bernstein

One common argument is that while Keynesians rightly call for temporary deficit spending to offset private sector contractions, politicians ignore the temporary part.

Don Fornes Business Profile: Putting People Over Profits in Argentina

Jerry Nelson | Posted 07.16.2013 | Small Business
Jerry Nelson

Currently in their eighth year, Software Advice has been recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing companies in the United States.

Mark Gongloff

The Fed Has Two Jobs, And It Is Failing At Both Of Them | Mark Gongloff | Posted 05.16.2013 | Business

When it comes to monetary policy, the Federal Reserve has just two jobs, and it's failing at both of them. The Fed has a dual mandate to promote ma...

Bubbles Inflating Faster Than GDP

Michael Pento | Posted 07.13.2013 | Business
Michael Pento

There has been a lot of talk about a rebound in the equity and real estate markets helped along by the Fed's free money. That much is for sure the truth; but the evidence of a viable and sustainable recovery built on free-market forces just isn't there.

The U.S. Dollar Could Save Argentina

Steve H. Hanke | Posted 07.10.2013 | World
Steve H. Hanke

Argentina is once again wrestling with its long-time enemy -- inflation. Now, it appears history may soon repeat itself, as Argentina teeters on the verge of another currency crisis.

How the Federal Reserve Became History's Biggest 'Bad Bank'

Bill Frezza | Posted 07.08.2013 | Business
Bill Frezza

Each turn of the cycle brings tighter global connectivity and integration, everything riding on hair trigger algorithmic trading seeking to squeeze out the last drops of advantage. Many believe this interdependency has reduced the risk of catastrophic failure.

After a Golden Decade, Can Latin America Keep Its Luster?

Alejandro Werner | Posted 07.08.2013 | Business
Alejandro Werner

Latin America continues to be one of the fastest growing regions in the world, even though growth slowed down a bit in 2012. However, these blissful external conditions will not last forever.

The Trouble With Low Inflation

Jared Bernstein | Posted 07.01.2013 | Business
Jared Bernstein

Nominal wages for incumbent workers are still pretty sticky. If you're lucky enough to have a job, think about your own case. I suspect you haven't seen much in the way of raises, but has your salary actually been cut in nominal terms?

The War Against Savers

Terry Savage | Posted 07.01.2013 | Business
Terry Savage

There's no mystery about why the Fed wants to keep interest rates low. Who is the biggest loser when the Fed keeps rates artificially low by purchasing $85 billion of securities with newly-created credit every month? Savers are the big losers in this rigged game.

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.

What Happened to Gold?

Terry Savage | Posted 06.16.2013 | Business
Terry Savage

Where, and when, will it all end? That's impossible to say. Just as gold can soar based on popular opinion, it can -- and has -- lost its luster for many years at a time.

Chained USA: How Republicans Are Exploiting Inequality to Force Americans Into Debt

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 06.12.2013 | Business
Sanjay Sanghoee

Attacking the Republicans for their indifference to inequality is like shooting fish in a barrel. There is no shortage of examples showing how little...

Maduro Wins Narrowly on Chávez Record; Close Election Is a Wake-up Call for the Government

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 06.15.2013 | World
Mark Weisbrot

After a short but bitterly fought, insult-laden campaign, Chavista standard-bearer Nicolás Maduro defeated challenger Henrique Capriles, thus assuring continuity in Venezuela after the death of President Hugo Chávez last month.

Nine Trust-Based Problems With Bitcoin

Steven Strauss | Posted 06.14.2013 | Business
Steven Strauss

Bitcoin seeks to be an electronic cash (currency) system that doesn't rely on trust. Paradoxically, Bitcoin requires a trust-based ecosystem.