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Real Fiscal Responsibility 2; Carter: Stagnation and Unemployment

This post continues my series evaluating the fiscal responsibility/irresponsibility of the Governments of the United States (mostly the Congress, the Executive Branch, and the Federal Reserve) by Administration periods beginning in 1977 with the Jimmy Carter period. Show More Summary

This QE Bower My Prison

By Eric Parnell, CFA: The Federal Reserve's persistently aggressive monetary policy has had a paralyzing effect for many investors over the last several years. Like a skillet of boiling hot milk being emptied on one's foot, repeatedShow More Summary

History Repeats: Car Loans To People Who Don't Qualify?

By Profit Confidential: Between the first quarter of 2012 and the second quarter of 2014, auto sales in the U.S. economy have increased 16%. (Source: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis web site, last accessed August 21, 2014.) And auto sales this year have been stellar, too. Show More Summary

Here's An Ideal Way To Earn High Yields And Prepare Your Portfolio For Rising Rates

By Hawkinvest: The stock market is trading near all-time highs and the real estate market is looking speculative in many regions once again. The Federal Reserve has certainly accomplished the goal of re-inflating asset values and that means it is time for the Fed to start pulling back, hopefully before things get too frothy. Show More Summary

5 Things to Watch on the Economic Calendar

Next week it is the jobs data’s world, we just live in it. At the Jackson Hole conference, Federal Reserve chairman Janet Yellen highlighted central bank research on labor-market conditions that depends on up to 24 different labor-related series. Show More Summary

Janet Yellen Owns A Very Expensive Collection Of Stamps (DIA, SPY, QQQ, TLT, IWM)

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen has an expensive stamp collection. According to Yellen's latest financial disclosure, her stamp collection is worth $15,001-$50,000. Yellen, however, did not appear to sell any stamps, as income related...Show More Summary

Inflation Stays Below the Fed’s Target for 27th Straight Month

Consumer prices rose modestly in July, a sign inflation remains in check as the Federal Reserve winds down its bond-buying program.

Grand Central: Fed Job Index a Year Away From Normalcy

The Wall Street Journal’s Daily Report on Global Central Banks for Friday, August 28, 2014 Sign up for the newsletter: An index of labor market conditions watched by Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet...Show More Summary

For Bonds, It's Not About the Fed Anymore

Jim Watson, AFP/Getty ImagesFederal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen By Alex Rosenberg | @CNBCAlex It used to be common knowledge that the Treasury trade was all about the Federal Reserve. Once the Fed stopped buying bonds and started talking...Show More Summary

The Credit Gradient

by Keith Weiner The United States, and every country, is subject to a monetary authority and legal tender laws. Here in the U.S. we have the Federal Reserve, a central bank that plans money and credit. The Fed thought they had perfected their planning (but of course it cannot be perfected). Show More Summary

Regional Manufacturing Surveys suggest Solid August ISM index

From the Kansas City Fed: Growth in Tenth District Manufacturing Activity Slowed Slightly The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City released the August Manufacturing Survey today. According to Chad Wilkerson, vice president and economist...Show More Summary

Kansas City Fed Launches New Job Market Index, Sees Improvements

The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City launched Thursday a new gauge to track labor market conditions, which signaled in its first outing a hopeful outlook for hiring in the U.S. economy.

Fed Chair Yellen’s Job Market Remarks: A Recruiter’s Perspective

In remarks made recently to a Central Banking Conference meeting in Jackson Hole, WY, Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen attributed at least some of the persistent unemployment/underemployment woes in today’s job market to the fact...Show More Summary

Federal Reserve Nearly Halfway To Completing Its Policy Transition

By Value Line: By: Robert Mitkowski The Federal Reserve is close to ending its massive bond buying program. The next step is to normalize interest rates. But what is normal? The Fed is steadily marching toward the conclusion of its much-vaunted purchases of United States Treasuries and mortgage-backed securities. Show More Summary

Where Are Gold Prices Heading?

By Sarita Pereira: On August 21, 2014, gold prices touched a two month low of $1,273.70 per troy ounce as Federal Reserve officials debated on the timing of the interest rate hike. Since the beginning of 2014, geo-political events have provided steam to gold prices. Show More Summary

Don't Fear The Fed Yet

By US Investor: Let's reiterate the Federal Reserve's dual mandate of maximum employment and price stability. The Fed has historically abstained from popping the asset bubbles. The Fed doesn't use the stock market as a guide to set the monetary policy. Show More Summary

Guest Contribution: “The Cause of Secular Stagnation? Relative Prices, Trade, and the People’s Republic of China”

Today we are fortunate to have a guest contribution written by Doug Campbell, assistant professor at the New Economic School (Moscow). The 2000s began with the Federal Reserve narrowly missing the zero lower bound on short-term interest rates. Then the US needed a housing bubble to attain full-ish employment in the mid-2000s, a decade that […]

Another Keynesian Myth Refuted: Cold Winters Do Not Shrink The Economy

Submitted by Devin Leary-Hanebrink via the Ludwig von Mises Institute, In February, the Federal Reserve made a cursory observation that the unusually severe winter was partly to blame for the stagnant pace of the US economy. The news...Show More Summary

QE Ending Or Just Getting Started?

ECB To Step Up As Fed Steps Back? While the Federal Reserve has laid out specific plans to end their quantitative easing (QE) program, a new season of QE may be getting ready to kick-off across the pond. From Reuters: The euro fell broadly on Wednesday, hitting a 19-month low against the Swiss franc, as speculation [...]

Bernanke: 2008 Meltdown Was Worse Than Great Depression

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, a prominent student of the Great Depression, contends that the 2008 financial crisis was actually worse than its 1930s counterpart.

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