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Buying/Renting Home vs Investing In Stocks

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Reading Time: 6 minutes The conventional wisdom during the baby boom generation was that buying a house was a ticket to financial freedom. Because policy makers believed in this concept, since the late 90s there was an aggressive attempt to get people into homes they couldn’t afford. Obviously, over leveraging yourself with the purchase…CONTINUE READING

Can February’s Selloff Cause A Recession?

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Reading Time: 5 minutes The stock market sold off 10% in early February, leaving some investors panicked as they hadn’t seen a selloff in well over a year. Stocks were in a record streak without a 3% and 5% decline. Stock market declines of at least 10% happen every 357 trading days, so this…CONTINUE READING

Is Powell The Next Federal Reserve Chairman?

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Reading Time: 5 minutes President Trump will decide on who the next Fed chairperson will be sometime in between late October and early November. The unusual aspect of this decision is the only person who knows who Trump will pick is himself. This aspect has shown up lately as Jerome Powell has become the…CONTINUE READING

The Future of US Housing Market

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Reading Time: 5 minutes The housing market is one of the most important industries in the US, as was on full display during 2008 when it brought down the entire economy. Many industries touch housing such as banks, insurance firms, and home builders. A house is the biggest purchase most people make their entire…CONTINUE READING

The Federal Reserve Bank Is Following, Not Leading

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Reading Time: 5 minutes There is a prevailing belief that the Federal Reserve forecasts the economy accurately, which is why every word from Federal Reserve officials moves markets and is very critically examined. Previously we mentioned how some of the Federal Reserve assumptions about inflation and unemployment are inaccurate. It’s important to correct the inaccuracies…CONTINUE READING

Why The Federal Reserve Isn’t Meeting Its Goals

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Reading Time: 6 minutes There are many questions about the current monetary policy, but not many answers provided by the central bankers. The situation, which has remained the same since the Federal Reserve started its quantitative easing policy, was perfectly summarized on Monday as Janet Yellen spoke at the University of Michigan. She didn’t…CONTINUE READING

Will The Federal Reserve Begin To Unwind Its Balance Sheet?

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Reading Time: 5 minutes Previously we covered how the Federal Reserve was putting off the unwind of its balance sheet. On Wednesday, we found out via the Fed’s Minutes that they intend to unwind later this year, according to their statement. However, we have heard this before, numerous times for the past 8 years. To clarify,…CONTINUE READING

The Federal Reserve: Everything You Need To Know

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Reading Time: 9 minutes What Is The Federal Reserve? The Federal Reserve System was established on December 23, 1913 with the enactment of the Owen-Glass Act also known as the Federal Reserve Act, making the Federal Reserve System (The Fed) the central bank of the United States. The Federal Reserve System consists of twelve regional…CONTINUE READING

Quantitative Easing (QE): Are We Making A Mistake?

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Reading Time: 8 minutes The current path of monetary policy in the form of quantitative easing (QE) world wide and particularly in the United States is following a dangerous trajectory, one that has a historical precedent without looking back several centuries. This disastrously flawed monetary experiment has plagued Japans economy and its people since the…CONTINUE READING

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