Markets & Economy

Wage Growth & Blue Collar Jobs

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Reading Time: 4 minutes Studying the labor market to determine the strength of overall wage growth is challenging. There are many stats which contradict each other. Economics is like the stock market in that there is always a positive and a negative case. It’s best to hear both sides before formulating a conclusion. Having…CONTINUE READING

Are Stocks Fully Priced?

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Reading Time: 4 minutes The question on many investors’ minds is can there be too much of a good thing? While GDP per capita has been low, the sustained growth which has been relatively consistent along with low inflation and a low amount of global conflict makes for a great stock market. Even low…CONTINUE READING

How Healthy Is The Consumer?

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Reading Time: 4 minutes The consumer is the lifeblood of the economy. Austrian economists differ from the mainstream viewpoint on what drives the economy as they say production drives economic growth whereas Keynesian economists believe that consumption and demand drives the economy. The truth is that both the consumer and the producer are important,…CONTINUE READING

Why Inflation Will Increase In 2018

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Reading Time: 4 minutes The Perfect Scenario For Stocks With the economy regaining steam in 2017, the number one risk to equities and economic expansion is inflation. The current economic expansion hasn’t produced inflation, as measured by core CPI, because the growth in inflation as a result of QE has been subdued to mainly financial…CONTINUE READING

The New Trend In Housing

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Reading Time: 4 minutes In this article, we’ll look at the latest changes to the housing market which are being brought about by demographics. Another way of saying that is to say millennials have different tastes, desires, and financial situations than baby boomers and generation X which is fueling changes in the market for…CONTINUE READING

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

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

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