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U.S. Economy

Deflation in 2015? These Four Charts Say Yes

Deflation in 2015 seems to be upon us. And while falling prices might seem like a good thing, deflation can wreak havoc on the economy.

In a deflationary period, prices will drop, corporate profits will dry up, wages will shrink, and all of this will reinforce the conditions of recessions.

These four charts show that the U.S. has a real deflation problem now...

Jobs

The Scary Wage Growth Story in the December Jobs Report

The December jobs report released today (Friday) by the U.S. Department of Labor highlights what’s missing in the job market’s recovery: wage growth.

According to the report, the United States added 252,000 jobs last month, ahead of consensus estimates of 240,000. That was enough to push the unemployment rate down to 5.6%.

But those impressive numbers were not enough to distract from the bigger story of falling wages…

Jobs

October U.S. Jobs Report Shows a Scary Truth About Wage Growth

Historically, low unemployment has led to faster wage growth. But that hasn’t been the case over the last six years.

The October U.S. jobs report shows the unemployment rate is down – but wage growth does not look good.

Here's what that means for our economy.

Stock Market Today

Stock Market Futures Love Today's Fresh Unemployment Data

Stock market futures rose Friday morning following strong October unemployment data. Watch for the report to positively affect markets throughout the day.

Here are today's other top stories, including stock news for RIG, ANF, DIS, and more...

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.

Full story...

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.

Precious Metals

Why Gold Prices Today Are Rebounding from an 11-Week Low

Gold news update: Gold prices today (Wednesday) coming off two and a half months of lows.

Here’s why, plus what gold bugs can expect for gold prices the rest of 2014…

Silver Prices

Silver ETFs Are Flashing a Bullish Sign for Prices

Don't let the August performance of silver ETFs fool you – there's a big buy signal for silver flashing right now.

July, like August, was underwhelming, as silver prices fell dramatically. But in July, portfolio managers dealing in the physical silver shed their holdings.

That was not the case in August…

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…