Beware the Fed’s Hubris on Inflation
The market has grown used to cries of “Deflation!” and dovish Fed speeches. So much so, that early indicators are being ignored. The fact is, inflation is about to blindside Wall Street.Governments and Fiduciary Responsibility Post-Disaster
In light of the many natural disasters that befall societies around the world the question arises ‘do governments have a long-term responsibility to ensure the well-being and rapid recovery of their citizens post disaster?’ One might imagine that “Power has only one duty – to secure the social welfare of the People.” (Benjamin Disraeli). But is this what actually takes place? I think back to Hurricane Katrina, Haiti, the Thailand tsunami of 2004, Japanese Tahoku earthquake and tsunami of 2011, the Christchurch earthquakes of 2010-2012 and most recently Hurricane Sandy. What did we get and what can we expect of our governments?Welcome to the Real Hunger Games
Shifts in economic growth and weather patterns threaten to decimate world food production… leading to soaring commodity prices and potential food riots. In recent months, I’ve been fascinated by one of my son’s after-school activities: gardening club. In reality, it should really be called “farming club,” because clearly the group’s focus is all about food, not flowers.Your Free Market Is Rigged
Adam Smith is a favorite of free market advocates, but many only hear what they want and ignore the rest. With the free market far from free, it’s time to ask, “What would Adam Smith do?”IPOs Face a Setback As Going Public Loses Its Appeal
An initial public offering (IPO) is the primary sale of stock by a private firm to the public. IPOs are usually issued by smaller, start-ups looking for capital to foster business expansion, though it can also be issued by mega privately managed firms seeking to be traded publicly. The article provides information on IPOs.Wage Growth Remains an Issue for Millennials
As millennials look to turn the tide of wage growth, weekly initial jobless claims data point to trouble for the U.S. economy. Can the next generation provide investment opportunities?Rude Awakening
After the winter of discontent it is quite understandable why many embrace the coming of spring. From Republicans screaming and name calling to emails that display a continued disregard for a nation and a media circus captivated by a candidates every move it is no wonder then we look forward to when there will be some semblance of order in our every day lives. But, as I reflect on this particular spring the circle of ones life is spinning over very rough terrain.Currency and Trade
We have consistently been reminded of the role of currency in trade. Mainly developing countries which include China where devaluation is always seen as an unfair advantage in gaining exports. They do this by essentially making their exports cheaper to importers of their goods.Ripple Effect
Ever since Senator Sanders launched his Presidential bid dispute all the news about how great our labor market is there has been a methodical leveraging of major corporations that are having a ripple effect being felt all across the country. The Internet has been posting warnings about our economy for years and yet the main stream media ignores, deems them not credible and just dismisses them as some crack pot’s attempt to gain publicity. Today, with much of the fan fare being led by the media following the Republican led circus…The Digital Economy
The digital economy. Business enabled by the Internet, we are told day after day, “changes everything.” But does it? What’s real and what’s hype about this revolution? How does the digiconomy really affect your business?Devaluing Currency to Improve Trade Balance?
There is quite an extensive coverage in the media about countries such as China using tactics such as devaluing their currency to improve their trade balance. Now firstly, the trade balance is a country’s difference between its exports and imports. When exports exceed imports, it is known as a trade surplus whereas the opposite would result in a trade deficit.