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Central Banks

Central Bank Credibility Takes Another Hit

A few weeks ago, the Fed met and announced their policy decision with no change and no big surprise. No shocker there. But after parsing the statement for changes from

Economy

The First Quarter Looks Like a Bust

The first quarter of 2016 looks like a bust. Corporate earnings are expected to be sharply lower and have already started coming in. The game, of course, is to lower

Purchasing Power

The Financial Health of U.S. Consumers Is Tepid at Best

The U.S. economy has added millions of jobs since the financial crisis of 2008. The Fed has added trillions of dollars to their balance sheet and kept rates at or

Interest Rates

The Fed Thinks It Can Raise Rates With All This Going On!?

You’d think with all the geopolitical crises and a weak world economy that market fear and volatility would be high. Instead, over the last month or so, we’ve seen a

Interest Rates

This Game’s Almost Over: Central Banks Are Running Out Of Options

Central banks around the world are running out of policy options to spur economic growth, which was further proven last week by the Fed’s decision to not raise interest rates this quarter.

Central Banks

Investors Are Catching On: The ECB’s Move Reeks of Desperation!

The European Central Bank met this morning, and the expectation going in was that they need to do something drastic. In the past, ECB President Mario Draghi said they would

Central Banks

The Importance of Market Psychology

On Game Day, a young athlete can usually benefit by having a positive influence on the sidelines, be it a coach or a parent. I’ve seen this first-hand for many

Housing Market

The Housing “Recovery” Is on Shaky Ground

Every few weeks I look forward to the jobs report that comes out the first Friday of every month. It’s not because I particularly like this report. It’s because the

Central Banks

The Fed’s All Talk, But That Might Be the Point

A couple weeks ago the Bank of Japan made a startling move when it pushed a key interest rate into negative territory. After one of its officials had said just

Central Banks

Is the Fed Confused?

Tomorrow the Fed will decide whether or not to hike rates again. Remember, the Fed gave us a nice holiday gift when they last met in December. After months and