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How Do We Stop the Insanity?

Nine years of QE… Near zero interest rates… When the effects of those started to fizzle out, we got tax cuts… Now, the new spending bill will add $300 BILLION

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Or Is It Time to Panic?

What exactly are investors worried about? Stocks and Treasury bonds were routed last Friday, with the Dow Jones suffering the biggest one-day drop since the Brexit vote in June of

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Can We Make Sound Financial Decisions Anymore?

I. Hate. Central. Banks. Loathe them. They’ve hijacked our economy and the markets and taken away all our power to make sound financial, investment, and business decisions. Sure, you’ve got

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The Fed’s Win Rate is Still Near Zero

I’m excited for the new year for many reasons but I’m also thankful for a great 2017. Since this issue of Economy and Markets will be my final one of

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Full Steam Ahead

It’s common knowledge that the Federal Reserve has its tentacles wrapped around the global financial system. Aside from trying to run the U.S. economy on its own, the Fed promotes

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All the Banks Deserve Are Crocodile Tears

It’s official. Lending institutions are having a tough time making loans. Don’t get me wrong, they still make money the old fashioned way: by borrowing from us through deposits on

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This Thanksgiving Goes to Corporations: Thanks for the Greatest Free Gift in History

It’s no f’ing wonder!” I yelled to no one in particular the other day when my researcher, Dave Okenquist, shared with me a chart he’d just come across! “We’ve died

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Can We Live Without a Central Bank?

It’s no secret that I’m not a big fan of the Federal Reserve. In fact, I said as much just a couple weeks ago in Nashville, Tennessee, at the Irrational

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What If It Just Doesn’t Matter What Trump Does With the Fed?

On paper, it seems like great changes are imminent at the Federal Reserve, ostensibly the center of the world’s most important economy. Not only is Fed Chair Janet Yellen’s term

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Is the Federal Reserve Doing Its Job?

Today let’s talk about the Federal Reserve’s “dual mandate” from Congress. It’s a phrase that gets thrown around a lot, so it’s worth unpacking. The Federal Reserve Act of 1913