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  • Should, would, could the Fed raise interest rates this year?
    Should, would, could the Fed raise interest rates this year?
    Of course they could. But should they? Will Yellen do it?Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen in a speech in Providence, RI on Friday, May 19, said, "The economy is still recovering from the Great Recession." She added that only now, six...
  • Economy adds 223,000 jobs in April, wage increases minimal, no inflation
    Economy adds 223,000 jobs in April, wage increases minimal, no inflation
    With April showers, apparently, came some new jobs, an estimated 223,000 new nonfarm payroll jobs, according to the official employment situation news release on Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.For a while it looked as if this painfully...
  • Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen
    First quarter economic report shows little promise that feds may raise rates
    When the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released its figures for the first quarter of 2015, last week, many observers were disappointed due to its less than rosy picture, one that head been previously predicted, in fact most economists and U.S....
  • Elderly Couple
    No country for old men, or old women
    A pair of Dallas Libertarian Examiner readers in Ft. Worth had two big plans for their retirement.Having made careful investments and having stashed away sufficient funds for a comfortable life-after-work the two were ready.First they would build...
  • Janet Yellen
    An overview of the March 2015 Federal Open Market Committee statement
    On Mar. 18, the Federal Open Market Committee issued a statement saying that they would keep the target range for short-term interest rates, reaffirming its view that “the current 0 to 1/4 percent target range for the federal funds rate...
  • Analysts Say US Inflation Much Higher Than Government Claims
    Chapwood, Shadowstats say US inflation much higher than official figure
    Ask the economists at the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and they will tell you in no uncertain terms that prices in the US are rising at a manageable pace, less than 2 percent per year. But many private investment houses and analysts are challenging...
  • Follow Mute Swans
    The 12 days of Christmas food lover's style: 7 swans a swimming
    On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: Seven Swans a Swimming. According to the recent article in the Crain’s Detroit Business, “Inflation holds steady for The Twelve Days of Christmas”. The article highlights...
  • Blimp as a metaphor for credit in economy
    Inflation vs. Deflation
    Inflation and deflation are two of the most misunderstood economic conditions. The recognition of each is typically gauged with prices. Higher prices mean inflation. Lower prices mean what exactly? We never see lower prices do we? My economic laws...
  • Saving for a rainy day
    The past and future of crypto currencies
    The name people think about most often when it comes to the subject of crypto currency obviously is Bitcoin. In its short history, the novel online currency has gained as much attention for its mysterious beginnings as it has for its meteoric rise...
  • Gasoline Prices
    Consumer prices up slightly in June, but gasoline prices spike
    America’s cost of living eased a little bit in June, according to official statistics reported by the Labor Department and published by Marketwatch on July 22, 2014.The consumer Price Index, or CPI, increased 0.3% in June, 2014 a smaller...
  • Will you be able to afford to live?
    Will you be able to afford to live?
    "Under my plan, energy costs will necessarily skyrocket." Barack Obama uttered these words in a candid moment while speaking to reporters in 2008. But he failed to include food, over the counter drugs, coffee, milk, and a host of other...
  • The Junuary Economy
    The Junuary Economy
    It is Junuary. For readers who have not had the pleasure of living in the Land of Giants, Junuary is the time of year when one looks at their calendar to find it clearly indicates the month of June, yet a look outside at the rain and colder...
  • What If These 9 Celebs Had Purchased Gold?
    What If These 9 Celebs Had Purchased Gold?
    Imagine that the following celebrities purchased $10,000 worth of gold during the year they were born. If they had kept the gold until today, 20, 60, even 116 years later, what would it be worth in U.S. dollars now?* How much more money would...
  • Silver Eagle Dollar Coin
    What is inflation (Part III)?
    One of the most important financial, but least understood, events of the 20th century was the creation of the Federal Reserve System. In the late 19th century and the early 20th century a series of financial panics promulgated a convention of...
  • Continental Dollar
    What is inflation (Part II)?
    At one point in the history of the United States, gold and silver coins were money. We use the term money since it satisfies the criteria defined in the previous article (medium of exchange, unit of account, direct representation of wealth). For...
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