U.S. Economy

The Truth Behind the Dangerous "Helicopter Money" Delusion

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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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How the Federal Reserve Is Killing America

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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.

August Jobs Report Flop: Smallest Gain This Year with Only 142,000 Jobs Added

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The August jobs report was disappointing indeed, missing estimates by a whopping 83,000.

Last month employers added the fewest jobs in eight months, the U.S. Department of Labor reported Friday. Payrolls increased by an uninspiring 142,000 in August, handily missing the median forecast for an increase of 230,000.

But that headline number wasn't even the worst part of the report...

The Only Way to Fix the Broken U.S. Free Market Economy

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There's a reason America is floundering economically. There's a reason for the ever-widening divide between the "haves" and the "have-nots" in the United States.

Our country is no longer a free market, capitalist republic.

America has devolved into a socialist plutocracy as a result of the "financialization" of the economy.

Wealthy financial alchemists with the backing of paid-for White House administrations and Congressional lap-dogs engineer and manage the U.S. economy.

They also manage the public's access to money and credit for their speculative benefit when they win, and to taxpayers' detriment when they lose.

There's only one way out of this downward spiral...

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You Can Make Money in Stocks (Especially These Three) No Matter What Rates Do

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It's commonly held wisdom that stock markets go to heck in a hand basket when interest rates rise. So, the thinking goes, you'd be better off selling ahead of time before that happens.

No doubt it's tempting to head for the hills with rates at historical lows, but it pays to do your research before you hit the "sell" button.

The three companies I'm going to show you today, for example, can actually benefit from rising rates.

First, let's take an "Econ 101" look at the impact interest rates can have on stocks, especially when rates start rising...

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What Markets Are Doing After Today's FOMC Meeting Minutes Release

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The three major indexes all dropped in unison shortly after the release of the minutes from the U.S. Federal Reserve's July Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting, reflecting Fed sentiment that accommodative monetary policy could end sooner than expected if improvements continue in the labor market.

While the Fed made no remarks on an explicit timetable for interest rate hikes, which is what the markets are observing attentively, the minutes did indicate that the situation in the labor market was looking healthier and improving quicker than expected.

Here's what the Fed's agenda will be for the rest of the year...

The New Way the Government Is Poisoning the American Dream

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Private equity shops and institutional players are buying and packaging nonperforming mortgages from the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and selling those mortgages to mutual funds and themselves.

On the surface, the HUD wants to minimize the cost to taxpayers. That's really nice of HUD and the FHA, thinking about us taxpayers.

But something else is behind this recent action, and it's poisoning the American Dream...

How Today's Stock Market Valuations Compare to 2000 – and What to Do About It

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Opinions on stock market valuations flow easily around Wall Street, too often without backing.

Looking at the typical measurement used to determine stock valuations, I'm increasingly cautious.

Indeed, some of the numbers are downright scary just now, both in nominal value and in terms of red-light factors blinking on the horizon.

When you put it all together, here are some of my concerns about our hard-earned gains, and what we can do to profit...Full Story

Startup Companies Are Changing the World (Infographic)

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Established companies get most of the attention, but startup companies are where the world gets its best ideas, and are the source of most of America's economic strength.

Startup companies are the embodiment of the entrepreneurial spirit that built America. Such innovators made the nation an industrial giant in the late nineteenth century with the rise of railroads and oil, and lives on today in the tech innovations of Silicon Valley.

This infographic explains why startups are so vital to the economy...

Worst CEOs in America: The 7 Chief Executives Most Likely to Get Fired

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We all know what makes a good CEO - a leader that keeps shareholders happy with steady growth, fattening profits, and, for good measure, rising dividends.

The worst CEOs lose their grip on their companies and lose the faith of shareholders, customers, and, in the end, their board of trustees.

That's when they also tend to lose their jobs.

Here are seven struggling CEOs who still have their jobs - but probably won't for much longer.

Today's Stock Market News Abuzz from Brewing Lawsuit Over PFE's Lipitor

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Today's stock market news, August 8, 2014: U.S. stocks fell sharply in the final hour of trading Thursday despite declining jobless claims in the U.S. economy.

On Thursday, Moscow banned most food imports from Western nations in response to heightened economic sanctions. The deal isolates Russians from global trade to a level that hasn't been seen since the end of the Cold War, with specific imports from the United States, Australia, Canada, the European Union, and Norway banned.

Here are the top stories in stock market news today...

GOOGL, FOXA, PCLN, and CTRP Headline Stock Market News Today

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Stock market news today, August 7, 2014: The U.S. stock market was sluggish yesterday (Wednesday), with benchmarks eking out modest gains.

Concerns about geopolitical pressures in Ukraine temporarily abated, but investors are taking notice of brewing economic problems in Europe. A slew of bad data suggests a choppy road ahead for the European Union, which has a combined GDP that is roughly $600 billion larger than the U.S. economy.

Here are the top stories in stock market news today (Thursday)…

July Jobs Report: Growth Slows, Slack Lingers in U.S. Labor Market

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U.S. job growth slowed more than expected in July, resulting in an unexpected rise in the unemployment rate, according to the July jobs report just released today (Friday) by the U.S. Department of Labor.

After surging (a revised) 298,000 in June, nonfarm payrolls increased by 209,000 last month. The unemployment rate ticked up to 6.2% from 6.1%.

Here are 12 key takeaways from the closely watched July jobs report…

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