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The Fed and Taxpayers

We have $98.7 billion reasons to be mad. That’s how much of our money, taxpayer money, the Federal Reserve gave to the U.S. government in 2014. Over just the last

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Swiss Government Won’t Welcome Your Money

You know the world is crazy when banks charge negative interest on deposits. This is exactly what is happening in Switzerland as the small nation tries to fend of the

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Government’s Election Surprise

As we move into 2015, the presidential race in the U.S. is starting to look a bit clearer… but is that an illusion? Hillary Clinton is once again seen as

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Central Banks and Quantitative Easing

I saw Harry at a planning meeting this week and as we were “talking shop” about the markets, we could only shake our heads in acknowledgement of the Fed’s lingering

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Japan and the Global Economy

Aggressive bond buying? You call printing $75 billion per month out of thin air to buy U.S. Treasury bonds aggressive? Pu-lease! In the pool of central banks, our Fed definitely

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Federal Reserve Stops the Presses

The howling can officially end. All the people crazy-mad about the Fed printing money (gold bugs, inflationistas, etc.) can ease their blood pressure and go back to their normal lives.

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We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Debt

If only central bankers had the discipline of 4-year-olds. In the 1960s, a group of psychologists at Stanford University wanted to test the ability of children to delay gratification.  Using

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Potholes of U.S. Government Debt

The taxes on fueling up that come with the privilege of driving (above the many other taxes we pay) combined with our government funded stimulus package, and we have yet

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Finding Creative Ways to Repay Outstanding Government Debt

Rodney Johnson | Thursday, April 10, 2014 >> I was in California on business and joined a friend and his group for dinner last year. The talk turned to politics

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The Only People We Want to Hear Are Saying Nothing at All

  We live in a scripted society. Few people say what they really mean, particularly in business, so if you listen to them and respond, the whole conversation goes spinning