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Quantitative Easing

For a number of years now, I’ve maintained that the U.S. and global economies would be in better shape had the central banks from around the world never intervened. After eight years of manipulating interest rates and pouring trillions of dollars into the economy, with no exit plan…

EUR-USD Exchange Rate Could Hit Parity, Says Analyst The euro has lost at least 1.5% to the U.S. dollar, plummeting to 1.1168. The EUR-USD exchange rate dropped in response to news of the decision by the central bank to leave interest rates unchanged. Presumably, the ECB’s continued quantitative…

No Rate Hike Was Obvious, Says Peter Schiff Janet Yellen and her cronies at the Federal Reserve didn’t fail to raise interest rates because of global economic turmoil—they never planned for one to begin with. Anyone convinced they’ll see a rate hike soon is out to lunch. Or…

Wall Street is Out of Sync with Main Street, Says Sam Zell Billionaire business magnate Sam Zell says Wall Street is out of sync with Main Street. The $4.8 billion dollar man and chairman of Equity Group Investments really isn’t saying anything the average American reading the news…

This past Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported only 142,000 jobs were added to the U.S. economy in September. And August’s figure was revised lower from 173,000 previously reported jobs created to an actual number of only 136,000 jobs. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, October 2, 2015.)…

Alan Greenspan's 1998 Statement Haunting Janet Yellen Today When Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan made a famous speech in 1998, no one knew how relevant it would be to Janet Yellen in 2015. Greenspan’s warning that the U.S. economy would suffer from global turmoil appears prophetic nearly two…

On Thursday September 3rd, the EUR-USD exchange rate plunged as much as 1.26% from 1.1233 to 1.1091. Why? The European Central Bank (ECB) just unveiled a revamp of its quantitative easing program. ECB president Mario Draghi said in Frankfurt that the Governing Council has now raised the purchase…

Just one day before the European Central Bank declared an expansion of their stimulus program, Marc Faber was on Bloomberg TV arguing that rogue central banking will cause an economic collapse. He argued that “easy money” policies are dangerously irresponsible, and investors should be wary of assets whose…

Crude oil prices are currently trading at a six-year low and threatening to slide even lower as global financial markets are still trying to come to terms with Monday’s catastrophic dips. I sat down with our in-house energy specialist Peter Prazic to get the full story on how…

Despite weak gold prices, excess money printed by the world’s central banks could ignite inflation, driving investors to safe haven assets. Policymakers have been using monetary policy as a form of stimulus in recent years, building a house of cards with nothing but paper money. If that paper…

Ask even an amateur economist, and they will tell you this: an increasing money supply eventually leads to inflation. It’s a simple concept; the more paper money there is in the system, the less it’s worth and the less it buys. And this is exactly what is happening…

It’s finally over… The quantitative easing programs initially started by the Federal Reserve six years ago are (for now) history. In its statement on October 29, the Federal Reserve said, “Accordingly, the Committee decided to conclude its asset purchase program this month.” (Source: “FOMC Statement,” Federal Reserve, October…

The chart below shows us that between April and August of this year, home prices in the U.S. declined. The S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Index is only released 60 days after each month’s end, so while data for September and October are not yet available, based on what…

According to research by UC Berkeley, in 2012, the top one percent of income earners in the U.S. earned 22.5% of all the income. The bottom 90%, on the other hand, earned less than 50% of all the income. (Source: Pew Research Center, January 7, 2014.) Income inequality…

It’s widely expected that at the end of this month, the Federal Reserve will end its third round of quantitative easing (that began in September of 2012). This is QE3, where the Federal Reserve was printing $85.0 billion of new money every month and using it to buy…

According to the Investment Company Institute, assets in institutional money market funds increased $17.19 billion to $1.69 trillion for the week ended on September 24, 2014. This was the biggest weekly increase in these money market funds in the last five months. (Source: Investment Company Institute web site,…

The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) surprised even the most optimistic of economists when it reported the U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of four percent in the second quarter of 2014. On the surface, the number—four percent growth—sounds great. But how serious should we take that…

Don’t buy into the notion that there’s economic growth in America! We’ve already seen U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) “unexpectedly” decline in the first quarter of 2014, and now there are signs of another contraction in the current quarter. (The technical definition of a recession is two negative…

With the Dow Jones hitting 17,000 being pretty likely in the not-too-distant future, from there, it’s only another 18% or so until the Dow hits 20,000, which is pretty incredible. These numbers seemed so unrealistic just a few years ago but now, it’s not too farfetched. The most…