Posts Tagged ‘Federal Reserve’

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    A Surprising Deficit Worry

    Oct 22, 11 • 572 Views • No Comments

    Who do you think is the biggest holder of U.S. government debt? The U.S. government. Whenever Social Security collects more payroll tax money than it needs, it buys U.S. securities. Retaining cash would mean no return, buying stock could be risky and,......  [read more]

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    Too Big To Fail

    Aug 15, 11 • 560 Views • No Comments

    Imagine for a moment that you are the CEO of a large bank. Offered the opportunity to participate in a risky business deal, you say, “Yes.” If the venture succeeds, you benefit. If it fails and threatens your bank’s survival, the government......  [read more]

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    A QE2 Eulogy

    Jul 1, 11 • 773 Views • No Comments

    Although QE2 ended yesterday, eulogies for the Fed’s $600 billion bond buying program did not focus on the qualities of the deceased and why we will miss her. Yes, some did believe that things would have been much worse without QE2. But others were......  [read more]

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    Comparing Central Banks

    Apr 9, 11 • 622 Views • No Comments

    Perhaps we can divide the world between inflation fighters and recession fighters. Right now, most of the inflation fighters are in the developing world. In Brazil, Russia, India and China (the BRICs), more expensive food and energy and growing demand are......  [read more]

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    Savers or Borrowers?

    Apr 5, 11 • 808 Views • No Comments

    In 1987, a $100 savings account would have earned close to $9 in interest. In 2005, $3.75 or so. Now, maybe 47 cents? The WSJ, had a good article describing how savers are suffering. The retirees who expected to depend on interest income until they died have......  [read more]