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Ignore the Bad News-Goldilocks Is Back!

Financial FAQs Why has the Fed stopped raising their interest rates? Because this is the lowest inflation rate for ‘core’ consumption expenditures in three decades, as this FRED graph from 1980 onward portrays. fred stlouisfed.org. “We are almost 10 years … Continue reading

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Our ‘Drip-Down’ Economy

Popular Economics Weekly Graph: Marketwatch The results are already in on the current administrations tax and economic policies. They are carrying Ronald Reagan’s trickle-down economy to an even lower level. Let’s call it the ‘Drip-Down Economy’, since none of the … Continue reading

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Minimum Wage Raises Should Boost Employment, Spending

Financial FAQs Minimum wages are about to rise in several cities, and eventually states. San Francisco and Los Angeles minimums rose last weekend to $14 and $12 per hour, respectively, and ultimately to $15 per hour by 2021. But Seattle, … Continue reading

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Interest Rates On the Rise!

Financial FAQs Central Banks everywhere seem to be following our Federal Reserve in selling bonds they had accumulated to keep interest rates low for so long—in fact, since the end of the Great Recession. They also seem to be crossing … Continue reading

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The Declining Treasury Yield Curve—Recession Looming?

Financial FAQs We are basically at full employment with a 4.4 percent unemployment rate, which should tell us we are nearing the end of this growth cycle. Econoday reports, “The total number of employed Americans, and this includes both the … Continue reading

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Why Are Consumers Happier?

Financial FAQs Why are consumers much happier during these holidays? The University of Michigan’s consumer sentiment index for November jumped 6.6 points to a six-month high while the Conference Board’s consumer confidence index jumped 6.3 points to 107.1 for its … Continue reading

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Deflation is the Danger

Financial FAQs The Federal Reserve is about to announce their decision on when to begin tapering their purchases of securities at next Tuesday’s FOMC meeting. Among other issues is whether there is any danger of future inflation from continuing the $85 … Continue reading

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