Monthly Archives: November, 2017

Is The Market About To Crash?

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Reading Time: 4 minutes The number of bears issuing dire warnings increased after the 2008 financial crisis. There’s a mixture of groups in this category. Some of these prognosticators had legitimate fears as it was one of the worst recessions in US history. Others just spread fear by selling books and ads on articles…CONTINUE READING

The Next Recession

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Reading Time: 4 minutes The previous financial crisis was a disaster for many, with housing prices and equities falling precipitously. Since then, there’s been a new crop of ‘forecasters’ who have made a living explaining when the next crisis will be. That’s backwards looking analysis which feeds off people being scared and uninformed. Even…CONTINUE READING

Economic Trends Among Countries

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Reading Time: 4 minutes In this article we’ll look at some of the economic trends within countries to get an idea of which countries are the most innovative. We’ll also look at the inequality trends among countries. As a general rule, the best countries implement free market reforms. Free choices let people and businesses…CONTINUE READING

Active Vs Passive Investing

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Reading Time: 4 minutes The investing landscape has changed in the past 10 years as index funds have burst onto the scene taking market share from active management. This trend in fund flows is important because it changes the characteristics of the market. You need to know your fellow investors. Before ETFs became prevalent,…CONTINUE READING

Amazon Is On Welfare

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Reading Time: 4 minutes Corporate welfare is when companies get special grants, subsidies, tax breaks, or other benefits which aren’t given to other businesses. Often big businesses get these breaks because they are more powerful. They have more more power because they create many jobs, and most importantly, they have a lot of money…CONTINUE READING

Impact of Financialization on Labor

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Reading Time: 4 minutes The American worker is getting fleeced. This has been happening for decades, but in recent years the problem has intensified with current monetary policy and lack of fiscal reform. However, the recent gradual change in monetary policy may provide a light at the end of the tunnel. The only question…CONTINUE READING

Can Stock Market Decline Trigger A Recession?

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Reading Time: 4 minutes While the economy and earnings usually catalyze crashes in the stock market, this cycle is unique because the bubble is in stocks as a whole, not a sector of the economy. It’s different from the 1990s tech bubble, because this appreciation is broad based, opposed to the 1990s when speculation…CONTINUE READING

Why Isn’t The Federal Reserve Audited?

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Reading Time: 5 minutes Senator Rand Paul’s ideas have been gaining traction, probably because he is much more pragmatic than his father, Ron Paul. Rand sees what each side wants in a negotiation and finds a suitable solution that all parties can agree on. His ideas for the framework of healthcare legislation would have…CONTINUE READING

Effects Of US Skills Gap

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Reading Time: 4 minutes One of the most critical questions politicians, economists and most importantly the workforce itself are concerned with is the lack of wage growth. As you can see from the chart below, the labor market seems to be tight according to the jobless claims to labor force ratio. Despite the lowest…CONTINUE READING

Here’s Why Startups Are Dying In The US

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Reading Time: 4 minutes While recent small business surveys show small business confidence is high and many small businesses don’t list large competitors as a major threat, there has been a long-term trend of startups losing market share to mature firms, with large businesses improving their profit margins. This is an explanation for how…CONTINUE READING

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