Sep 3 2009

Can the U.S. Dollar Rally while Stocks go Down? U.S. Dollar Fueling Stock Market Rally: Examining the Dow World Index and Dow Index in Relation to the U.S. Dollar. U.S. Dollar down 35 Percent since 2001.

The role of the U.S. dollar is coming into question during this economic crisis.  Most average Americans are oblivious to the fact that since 2001, the U.S. dollar has fallen a stunning 35 percent.  What seemed as good economic times was purely a credit bubble fueled by easy money from the U.S. Treasury and Federal […]

Aug 24 2009

Federal Reserve Paying Interest on Excess Reserves: Why Lend when you can Earn Interest for Holding on to Funds with Low Risk? The U.S. Treasury and Federal Reserve Walking a Tight Rope.

One tiny announcement made by the Federal Reserve back in October of 2008 is finally making some noise in the dark corners of the internet.  What the Federal Reserve announced at the time was that it would begin paying interest on depository institutions’ excess reserve balances.  Now why this is important is that it offers […]

Aug 13 2009

Stock Market Dollar Store: U.S. Dollar Down 12.5 Percent and S&P 500 Up 50 Percent since March. How the U.S. Treasury and Federal Reserve Juice the Stock Market.

Americans have missed one serious correction since the manic stock market took off in March.  Since that time the value of the U.S. dollar, the bedrock of our economic system has fallen a stunning 12.5 percent.  Currencies should not fluctuate this much especially the world’s reserve currency.  Back in December, I talked about how the […]

May 27 2009

U.S. Dollar Only Down 2 Percent for the Year. Since the Crisis Started in August of 2007, the U.S. Dollar is Unchanged. Yet the Dollar is Down 33 Percent Since the Start of the Decade. The Currency Race to the Bottom.

People have a hard time grasping that given the tumultuous market of 2009 and all the liquidity being funneled into the market by the U.S. Treasury and Federal Reserve, that the U.S. Dollar has only fallen 2 percent for the year.  What is even more surprising to many is the U.S. Dollar has remained unchanged […]

May 15 2009

The New American Austerity: Getting By with Less Debt and Less Money. In What Sectors are Americans Spending Less Money?

The Census Bureau reported on Wednesday that for the month of April retail sales came in at $337 billion, a decrease of 0.4 percent from the month before.  The market reacted to this news and headed lower.  If we pry into the data beyond the headline number, we will see that retail sales are actually […]

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