Economic Analysis

Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Commerce released figures showing new home sales in the United States rose 9.4% in August. The media was "dancing in the street," as usual, with this news, reporting the jump in new home sales as another indicator that the U.S. economy…

The Bank of England was the first of the major central banks to raise interest rates. As we know, the U.S. Federal Reserve followed suit. Rates are also rising in countries like Canada. In general, central banks around the globe are raising interest rates. This could be perceived…

Returning home from a recent trip to London, I was in a duty- free store at Heathrow where I met a retail clerk. The young man was British and worked in a retail shoe store. He told me his wife also worked in the retail field. Anyhow, the…

AB Electrolux, the world's largest supplier of household appliances, just announced it will close another U.S. plant. This time, the casualty will be 1,000 jobs lost in Texas. The jobs will move to Mexico because labor costs are simply cheaper there. Earlier in the year, the Swedish company…

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Here I go on my tangent again: Greenspan has waited too long to raise interest rates, and, in doing so, he has created a debt bubble America has never seen before. In the same way that he waited too long to raise interest rates before the bubble in…

Looks like investors couldn't win yesterday, unless they were short stocks, metals, and foreign currencies. Stocks were down: Did you see how the popular media played the 135-point selloff in the Dow yesterday? All the news reports I saw said concerns about rising interest rates, higher tensions in…

No one was happier than me on Friday to hear the news of 308,000 new jobs created in the U.S. in March. Just the day before, my PROFIT CONFIDENTIAL commentary noted that the lowering of the U.S. dollar value against world currencies would have two possible effects, depending…

While I'm a big believer that the price of consumer goods will decline in the short term (deflation), I also recognize that some commodities are rising in price. In particular, I've been very bullish on both gold and sliver, and they have both risen nicely in value over…

As I write today's commentary, I find myself drawn to a picture of Abraham Lincoln that adorns a wall in my office. Lincoln was one of my favorite presidents, not because he was such a great president, but because of the obstacles he overcame to be elected. Lincoln…

The way I see it, we have two major forces "working" the economy today. In one corner, we have the natural market. To this economist, everything is based on the stock market. If the stock market is moving down, our economy is getting soft. If stocks rise, our…

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It is darn hard opening a newspaper or magazine these days without seeing an article on debt. Be it consumer debt, state debt, corporate debt, or the looming federal deficit, debt has been a popular topic in this column. But where is all this debt leading to? It…

After a weaker than expected December employment report revealed that the U.S. economy is not creating enough new jobs, the NASDAQ and the Dow moved lower. About time too. Both indices seem to be on fire in this New Year, leaping forward on up days and barely sinking…

Greenspan has pumped-up the stock market, run up the national debt, and told us that the economy is improving. But what he hasn't told you is about to affect everything you own. Here's the full story... plus what you must do now to protect yourself and profit from…

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