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U.S. Economy

Income Investing

Dividend-Paying Stocks: MSFT, MCD, and 22 More New Dividend Boosts

The profusion of dividend-paying stocks that have increased payouts over the last several weeks reflects a robust second-quarter earnings season.

Companies in the S&P 500 turned in 10.3% earnings growth in Q2 – the highest advance since 2011's third quarter.

Last week Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT), McDonald's (NYSE: MCD), and 22 other dividend stocks raised payouts. Here's the full list of dividend hikes announced during the week ending Sept. 19, 2014.

Last week Microsoft </strong>(Nasdaq: MSFT), McDonald's </strong>(NYSE: MCD), and 22 other dividend stocks raised payouts. Here's the full list of dividend hikes announced during the week ending Sept. 19, 2014.

U.S. Economy

The Truth Behind the Dangerous "Helicopter Money" Delusion

Seeking out major trends and power shifts in the global economy is a part of my work that I enjoy most.

It's a lot of work, and needless to say, it involves constant research.

That's why a piece I recently read in Foreign Affairs absolutely shocked me…

The piece is a bit revolutionary, as its authors speak to a drastically different way of stimulating an ailing economy than the path we're on today.

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The Fed

How the Federal Reserve Is Killing America

It's maddening. Our economy is stagnating. The divide between haves and have-nots is widening every day. There are fewer and fewer good jobs and careers to be had. What the heck happened?

The U.S. Federal Reserve System is killing America. It has destroyed the economy. It has undermined savers and retirees. It is even responsible for the corruption in Congress.

We have to kill the Fed before it kills America for good.

Silver Prices

Current Price of Silver Restrained by Speculators, but Not for Long

As of Friday, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) reported that silver speculators added further to their short positions, which no doubt kept a lid on the current price of silver.

The silver futures market and speculator activity has been a highly telling indicator for the future of silver price movements. When speculators begin buying up short positions in droves, the price of silver enters a bear session were declines become routine. But when silver speculation hits its peak and prices dive down to new lows, the speculators will begin to liquidate their short contracts and buy long.

And when this happens, silver is taken for a ride…

Gold

Gold Price Forecast for September Shows Demand – and Prices – Surging

Gold price forecast, Aug. 29, 2014: Buying gold during the late days of summer has proved to be a winning trade for most of the last two decades, according to Bloomberg.

Indeed, September is historically gold's best month. Over the last 20 years, the yellow metal has seen an average gain of 3% in September.

Find out here why September is so good for gold prices….

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