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  • How Europe Can (And Eventually Will) Avert Collapse [View article]
    Very good comment. And I believe the fiscal strait-jacket is the austerity.
    Sep 7 03:21 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Inflation The Answer? [View article]
    Creating new money isn't the problem. The answer is to get the people with the money, to spend the money.

    As seen from M2 and bank reserves, the problem is the money is not entering the economy. So either banks need to spend, corporations need to spend in the U.S. (hint), or the government needs to spend (in the U.S.) on something productive (hint, hint).

    Unfortunately, the best markets right now are the untapped markets of Asia and new markets. And that's probably where the investment money is going to go.

    I think the global economy is due for a re-balancing to find a new equilibrium.
    Sep 7 02:54 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The Fed Has Already Begun Its Third Easing Campaign [View article]
    Another idea is that QE is all relative. As long as the rest of the world is doing worse, it gives the Fed a lot options with lower risk.

    Sure seems like no matter what the Fed does or S&P, there's a very high demand for government debt.

    The more fear, the worse it gets, the more the Fed can do.
    Aug 18 01:55 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The Fed Has Already Begun Its Third Easing Campaign [View article]
    Does anyone have an article to explain what happens when the Fed purchases long term bonds? Or municipal bonds?

    I don't understand why or the risks.

    Why buy a 3 yr bond instead of renewing 3 month bonds for 3 years?
    Aug 18 01:54 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Putting the U.S. Budget Dilemma in Context [View article]
    Far more room for taxes....even on the lower income.
    But let's not forget that the chart doesn't show our taxes to state, county, city, SS, Med, and all the other taxes. Or how about our "private taxes" like paying for our own healthcare.
    Aug 1 04:05 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Does the Greece Bailout Go Far Enough? [View article]
    I don't understand why anyone would buy European debt after seeing bond holders getting a haircut.
    Jul 24 10:25 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Cutting Defense and Entitlement Spending Are Key to Recovery [View article]
    I would have no problems extending the retirement age for BABY BOOMERS too. I'm the proverbial child inheriting the problem they said they were creating.
    Mar 26 12:46 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Why a Double-Dip Recession Hasn't Happened [View article]
    Good article showing the optimistic perspective. If you're investing on the pessimistic side, it is good to know the optimistic perspective in order to know how much to hedge.
    Dec 16 02:55 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • How QE Works [View article]
    Depending on when the bonds mature, I figure the Fed won't have to sell the assets. That's because those bonds will automatically be paid back when matured. For example: The Fed buys a $1000 3 month bond. In 3 months the bond is paid back to the Fed, and $1000 is automatically removed from the economy.
    Nov 5 01:39 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • New Supply Floods U.S. Housing Market [View article]
    I don't think the government will be too worried about the aging population when all they need to do is deny or cap medicare benefits.
    Sep 20 08:26 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Initial Jobless Claims: How Did They Stop Falling? [View article]
    I know for a fact that Obama's Healthcare is causing small businesses to refrain from hiring employees. They much rather hire temporary workers so they don't have to pay the employee cost.

    I know this to be a fact because that's what employers are telling my wife when she's interviewing for jobs or asking for an employee position.

    Regardless of whether the government's new laws raise employee costs, this is what small businesses believe.
    Sep 7 08:23 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Credit Suisse: Why QE2 Will Work [View article]
    There's an interesting piece from AP "Watchdog panel cites global impact of US bailout"

    "The $700 billion U.S. bailout program launched in response to the global economic meltdown had a far greater impact overseas than other countries' financial rescue plans did on the U.S., according to a new report from a congressional watchdog."
    Aug 12 01:21 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Credit Suisse: Why QE2 Will Work [View article]
    I agree. Companies are going overseas. Our money goes overseas too. There's a lot of imbalance in the global economy. I think we'll eventually have to do something about our trade practices.
    Aug 11 07:11 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Five Reasons Companies Still Aren't Hiring [View article]
    And pay those entitlement wages to unions? Pay the mandatory healthcare? Have to deal with lawsuits? Have to deal with strikes? Not my company. I'll move it overseas.

    Personally, I'm tired of paying the extremely high cost for "American goods". Tired of paying a union worker who makes more than me. Tired of paying the fat CEO's. Tired of paying all the middle people who don't add consumer value. And tired of paying huge taxes.

    The last thing I need is for the government to tell me how to run my company and taking more of my money to redistribute it.

    The right way for America companies is to become globally competitive. This will also have to include the American worker.
    Aug 11 06:46 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Best Investments During Inflation [View article]
    Why not a savings account? Or is it assumed interest rates on a savings account won't keep up with inflation? I've been presuming as inflation rises, so do interest rates, and so will the interest rate on my savings account.

    I considered TIPS, but I get a better interest rate on my savings account.

    For commodities, way too risky for me.

    Real estate, no doubt it is deflating to me. And I'm concerned about more surplus inventory coming to the market.
    Aug 11 06:39 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment