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The Fed cannot continue to react to bad headlines

The Fed cannot continue to react to bad headlines

May 5, 2016

The U.S. economy is adding jobs rapidly. March was another strong month for the labor market and the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 215,000 jobs being added to the economy.April’s job report is supposed to be a good-looking one as well.The Federal Funds Rate was raised in December for the first ...

How climate change could be destroying our economy

April 22, 2016

Last year was the warmest on record. December 2015 was the first month to ever be 2 degrees Fahrenheit above the month’s historical average. In fact, 15 of the 16 hottest years in recorded history have been after the turn of the millennium. So how is the world economy going to be impacted by climate ...

Point Counterpoint: Is Sanders’ fiscal policy feasible? Counterpoint: Let’s be real, Ryan would be a better choice

Point Counterpoint: Is Sanders' fiscal policy feasible? Counterpoint: Let's be real, Ryan would be a better choice

Joey Brown

March 30, 2016

With an uninspiring set of candidates for the Republican Party’s lineup, and one man whose hands are far too small to afford him my endorsement, the man for the job is Paul Ryan, whose ascendancy to the nomination will be contingent upon an unlikely set of circumstances: 1) Trump does not reach the 1,2...

Point Counterpoint: Is Sanders’ fiscal policy feasible? Point: Endorse Sen. Sanders’ and support fiscal equality

Point Counterpoint: Is Sanders' fiscal policy feasible? Point: Endorse Sen. Sanders' and support fiscal equality

March 30, 2016

The focal points of Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign are economic issues such as income and wealth inequality, minimum wage, the burden of student debt, and universal healthcare. There are strong economic arguments in favor of his progressive proposals.Sanders’ record is rock solid, his message for hope ...

The time to raise the minimum wage has come

March 24, 2016

After three rounds of Quantitative Easing, where the Federal Reserve created money in order to buy securities, several near-zero interest rate years, aggressive fiscal stimuli and soaring job growth, where is the strong wage growth to show for it all?A recent report by the Economic Policy Institute noted...

Are we headed for another recession?

<p>Are we headed for another recession?</p>

February 25, 2016

[media-credit name="ALYSSA HANDELMAN" align="alignnone" width="300"][/media-credit]There is a plethora of indicators to look at when gauging the strength of the economy. Where one economist might be running to the hills, another may be optimistic. But facts are facts: exports have slowed and so has i...

The weight of gold would drown the economy

<p>The weight of gold would drown the economy</p>

February 17, 2016

[one_half]The Shiny PastThe United States used the Gold Standard till 1971; the gold standard is the system whereby a country’s currency – the actual paper money that you have in your pocket right now (or wish you did) – has a value directly linked to that of gold. In days gone by, countries wo...

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