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How does ‘tapering’ affect markets?

The Federal Reserve has a communication problem.QE3 and taperingQE3 stands for the current quantitative easing policy of the Federal Reserve.The Fed announced it would...

Will Detroit’s bankruptcy end irresponsible lending?

Detroit’s bankruptcy will ultimately have a positive impact on cities across West Michigan and the U.S.The initial reaction to Detroit’s bankruptcy stressed the impact...

Why is the Fed buying $85B a month in securities?

Financial markets respond to each Fed statement related to its strategy of buying $85 billion a month in securities.Stock prices fell sharply when Bernanke...

What will increase spending?

By creating almost $2 trillion in bank reserves, the Fed has created the potential for a massive increase in spending. Path to spending For the increase in spending...

Where’s the productivity?

In spite of headlines pointing to emerging signs of recovery, the economy continues to perform poorly. Jobs and hours worked are a poor guide...

Where are the world’s financial leaders?

What’s happening in Cyprus says more about the world’s financial leaders than it does about the economic significance of Cyprus. And what it says...

What’s the economic state of the Union?

The Union cannot be strong when the economy is weak. Our economic weakness is readily apparent. It’s apparent to those who have jobs and...

Why is the fiscal-cliff agreement good news?

There are several reasons why the fiscal-cliff agreement represents a positive policy development.  The most important reason is it locks in most current marginal tax...

Congress stumbles over the fiscal cliff

"Everybody is talking about the fiscal cliff. And I'd be talking about the fiscal cliff, too – if I knew what the hell it...

America’s 18th-place rank for ‘economic freedom’ stifles prosperity

Since its founding, the United States has been considered the world’s premier nation for economic freedom. This is no longer the case. The Fraser...

The $800 billion Romney-Ryan stimulus plan

There seems to be a fair amount of uncertainty over Governor Romney's plan to heal the nation's struggling economy. In fact, the Romney-Ryan team has...

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