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We’re in Uncharted Territory, With Unintended Consequences

One of the best things that ever happened to me was my grandfather gave me $5,000 when I was born. My dad then invested that money conservatively, in bonds, and

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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

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Secret Monetary Group Warns a Catastrophe Is Coming

The Bank for International Settlements is nothing if not obscure. As the central bankers’ bank, it seems little-more than a back-door, private club for monetary elites to rub shoulders. And

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“Whatever It Takes.” The Next Level of Monetary Policy

There’s an old adage in economics that the best way to cure deflation is to drop money from helicopters. Clearly this phrase isn’t older than mid-20th century, because before that

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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

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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

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Negative Interest Rates Are the Next Stage in Global Stimulus

Since late 2008, central banks around the world have used unprecedented QE to try and stoke the global economy. Then in June 2014, the ECB took it a step further.

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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

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The Fed’s “Evolution” Has Put Them in a Precarious Position

U.S. Treasury bonds yields were higher today amidst news that the economy grew by 2% in the third quarter. Meanwhile, the stock market inched higher… but is down from last

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The Fed Hiked a Quarter Percent: Now What?

So here we have it – the first rate hike in nearly a decade. The Fed hiked rates a quarter point on the federal funds rate in a unanimous vote.