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So is there really inflation?

BLOG, MARKETS & ECONOMICS  |  27 Apr 2011

The hot topic these days, especially with gasoline over $4.00, and costs for many things rising quickly, is how much inflation is really out there? Food inflation has become more of an issue because of the effect of the world’s weather of late on crops. Gas and oil inflation can be partially attributed to all…

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What is Quantitative Easing, and What is QE II?

BLOG, MARKETS & ECONOMICS  |  6 Oct 2010

No, it’s not the luxury liner Queen Elizabeth II (shown below), but rather the monetary policy being used by the United States Federal Reserve to stimulate the economy. We are hearing so much lately as to whether Ben Bernanke will embark on Quantitative Easing Part II, we felt a brief discussion of what exactly Quantitative…

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Long Term Secular Markets:

BLOG, MARKETS & ECONOMICS  |  10 Sep 2010

Barry Ritholz’s excellent blog The Big Picture had a great article on the long term cycles the stock market has gone through over the last 100 years. The chart below details the price level of the stock market on top, with the P/E ratio (Price/Earnings) ratio on the bottom. The P/E ratio is one of…

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Many Areas Less Affected by Housing Bust

BLOG, MARKETS & ECONOMICS  |  31 Mar 2010

There was an interesting post yesterday in the Wall Street Journal Blogs/Real Time Economics section discussing how many areas of the country have not had such a serious housing bust as California, Arizona, Florida, and the East coast have had. See, Much of U.S. was Insulated From Housing Bust in the WSJ. The main reasons…

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Japan’s “Lost Decade” Are we bound to repeat it?

BLOG, MARKETS & ECONOMICS  |  29 Jan 2010

Lately, many economists and financial expert-types have been drawing comparisons between what is happening in the US right now with what Japan has experienced in their economy since 1989. Many of the pundits believe that our current economic policy will lead us right to where Japan finds itself today, and everyone agrees that is not…

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The Gold Rush

BLOG, MARKETS & ECONOMICS  |  7 Jan 2010

Gold was in the news for much of 2009, and this year looks to be no different. Television commercials urge you to sell your gold coins and jewelry to take advantage of record prices, while the talking heads of financial TV all weigh in on whether the price will continue to rise, and how high…

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The FDIC’s dilemma

BLOG, MARKETS & ECONOMICS  |  3 Dec 2009

by Jon Aldrich Just about everyone is familiar with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the federal agency that insures against the loss of deposit accounts (such as checking and savings) in the event of a bank failure. (For a brief history of the FDIC go here http://www.fdic.gov/bank/historical/brief/brhist.pdf . The FDIC insurance coverage is currently…

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Why is the U.S. Dollar becoming the 98lb weakling?

BLOG, MARKETS & ECONOMICS  |  18 Nov 2009

by: Jon Aldrich You cannot go very far these days without hearing talk about the steady weakening of the U.S. dollar. What exactly does it mean to have a weaker dollar? A currency can rise or fall in value in comparison to foreign currencies. When the value of the dollar decreases against other currencies, those…

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Initial Unemployment Claims, week ending Nov. 7th

BLOG, MARKETS & ECONOMICS  |  12 Nov 2009

by: Jon Aldrich Today the Department Of Labor released the initial weekly unemployment claims. From the DOL report: “In the week ending Nov. 7, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 502,000, a decrease of 12,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 514,000. The 4-week moving average was 519,750, a decrease of…

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