In the European Union (EU), the European Central Bank (ECB) is the institution that administers the monetary policy of the eurozone member states, giving it great power as a world central bank. Headquartered in Frankfurt, Germany, the ECB was established in 1998 by the Treaty of Amsterdam. As one of its primary tasks, the ECB controls and issues the currency of the EU; the euro. Mario Draghi is the current President of the ECB.
Look at any newspaper or watch any financial news channel and you will hear someone saying the U.S. economy is growing. To prove their point, they will refer to gross domestic product (GDP) figures and unemployment data.
Yes, the GDP numbers and the unemployment picture do look better, but our economy is still in very big trouble.… Read More
U.S. Retail Sales Contract, Inventory Growth Stellar?
I’ve been singing the same song to my readers all year: look at dips in the price of gold bullion as an opportunity to buy more of the metal.
When gold fell below $1,150-an-ounce in early November and so many analysts came out with the prediction of $1,100 or $1,000-an-ounce gold, I was writing about what a bargain gold stocks had become. (See “Prices of Gold /Silver Companies to Double from Here.”)
Pay close attention to the circled area in the gold spot price chart below…. Read More
With nine months behind us this year, today we look at how two popular forms of investment have done in 2014 and where I think they are headed for the remainder of the year.
Starting with stocks, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed yesterday up 2.8% for the year. Given the risk of the stock market, 2.8% is no big gain. I wrote at the beginning of 2014 that the return on stocks would not be worth the risk this year…. Read More
We are hearing more and more about interest rates getting ready to rise. The Federal Reserve itself has said it expects the federal funds rate to increase to 1.5% by the end of next year and to 2.25% by the end of 2016.
Before the Fed came out with its forecast, I was writing about how the Fed will have no choice but to raise interest rates because inflation is rising too quickly…. Read More
In 2012, I predicted that if the Federal Reserve couldn’t get the economy growing again, it would take interest rates into the negative zone.
Well, yesterday, the European Central Bank (ECB), the second-biggest central bank in the world, trumped the Fed and became the first major central bank to offer depositors negative interest rates…. Read More