federal reserve

Pause In Rate Hikes; Weak Jobs Report

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Reading Time: 4 minutes Two topics that took center stage this past week have been the Federal Reserve’s supposed change (perceived tightening) in its monetary policy and the monthly Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report. The Fed clarified its forward guidance this week in a speech by Bill Dudley, president of the Federal Reserve…CONTINUE READING

Central Bank Monetary Cliff Awaits

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Reading Time: 4 minutes Ever since the financial crisis in 2008 an experimental monetary policy has been in place, known as quantitative easing. The Federal Reserve expanded its balance sheet from about $800 billion to $4.5 trillion. It bought mortgage bonds and treasury bonds. This had a big effect on almost every asset. Lowering…CONTINUE READING

The Federal Reserve: Everything You Need To Know

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Reading Time: 9 minutes What Is The Federal Reserve? The Federal Reserve System was established on December 23, 1913 with the enactment of the Owen-Glass Act also known as the Federal Reserve Act, making the Federal Reserve System (The Fed) the central bank of the United States. The Federal Reserve System consists of twelve regional…CONTINUE READING

Quantitative Easing (QE): Are We Making A Mistake?

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Reading Time: 7 minutes The current path of monetary policy in the form of quantitative easing (QE) world wide and particularly in the United States is following a dangerous trajectory, one that has a historical precedent without looking back several centuries. This disastrously flawed monetary experiment has plagued Japans economy and its people since the…CONTINUE READING

2017: Where Are We In The Business Cycle?

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Reading Time: 5 minutes Following the 2008 financial crisis that catapulted America and Europe into what is called the great recession,The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (FCIC), the committee which investigated the causes of the crisis, concluded that it could have been averted. Such conclusion has implications of large proportions. Mainly, our way of managing our financial…CONTINUE READING