Category Archives: Business & Economy

Consumer Credit Continues to Climb

In aggregate Americans have done some minor repairs on their balance sheets. However, looking below the aggregates we find Americans getting less mortgage debt but even more consumer credit and credit card debt. Other Business & Economy It Begins: Pension Bailout Bill To Be Introduced This WeekNov 9, 2017 Amazon Registers Crypto, Ethereum Domains As Rumors Swirl It May Soon […]

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THE CLOCK IS TICKING IN SWITZERLAND

For most of my career in international investing, I had always placed a great deal of faith in Switzerland’s financial markets. In recent years, however, as the Swiss government has sought to hitch its wagon to the flailing euro currency and kowtow increasingly to U.S.-based financial requirements, this faith has been shaken. But this week (November 30th) a referendum in […]

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The Abenomics Death Spiral

As Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe has turned his country into a petri dish of Keynesian ideas, the trajectory of Japan’s economy has much to teach us about the wisdom of those policies. And although the warning sirens are blasting at the highest volumes imaginable, few economists can hear the alarm. Share This Article

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Contemplating Stocks without QE

Some influences on the stock market are casual, subtle or open to interpretation, but the catalyst behind the current stock market rally really shouldn’t be controversial. As far as stocks go, we have lived by Quantitative Easing. The only question now is, whether we will die without it.  Share This Article

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Voters Know the Economic Recovery Is Fake

The latest jobs numbers were released today, and the financial media is making much of the drop in the unemployment rate – now 5.8% according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Obviously, the economy must be getting better, just like Janet Yellen and Barack Obama have been telling us, right? Not so fast. The results from Tuesday’s elections tell a […]

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How Third-Party Payers Drive Up Medical Costs

These days, a lot of people are worried about their rising healthcare costs. So, the United States, the federal government implemented a scheme to “fix” the problem. At least, that was the original plan. The scheme, which Americans know as “Obamacare” caused an uproar, both politically and economically, over rising costs, and whatever the case may be, people are in agreement […]

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Rising ER Visits Latest Obamacare Undoing

Review Journal – Unintended consequences are one thing. Broken promises are another. But it requires a special blend of arrogance and incompetence to craft a law that accomplishes precisely the opposite of what it was supposed to do — a law that significantly worsens the problems it was supposed to fix. Share This Article

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Inflation Is Counterfeiting

Forbes – Most people have a basic idea that inflation is when prices rise, and that this is caused by an increase in the money supply. Since the Federal Reserve is rapidly increasing the money supply, it is only common sense to expect this will hurt us sooner or later. It is absolutely wreaking havoc, though not how you might […]

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Should E-Cig Manufacturers Love the FDA?

“E-Cig Execs Are Actually Thrilled With New FDA Regulations” was the lead story last morning on Time magazine’s website about the Food and Drug Administration’s proposed rules banning the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors, their sale in vending machines, and (of course) extending those ridiculous and ignored warning labels we now see on tobacco products to e-cigarettes too.

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