Jul 19 2014

Inflation where it matters: Close to 50 percent of Americans indicate spending more on groceries and fuel this summer. Nearly one third indicate more spending on rent and mortgage payments.

The stock market continues to move upwards ambivalent to economic indicators and the reality that inflation is permeating throughout our economy. The Fed continues to point at CPI as evidence that inflation remains subdued and this gives them the motivation to move forward with monetary policies that we have never embarked upon. We are already […]

Jan 22 2013

Are we missing critical inflation data with the CPI? How the government over time has altered the CPI to under report inflation.

Most Americans realize that their standard of living has decreased.  Many realize today that their dollars do not go as far as they once did.  We try to reflect this data via the Consumer Price Index but over the last few decades, this index has been adjusted to suit the needs of those producing the […]

Sep 15 2012

QE3 into infinity and stagflation – Federal Reserve now purchasing over 50 percent of MBS and planning on buying $40 billion per month into infinity.

The Federal Reserve is playing with financial fire here.  The last employment report was terribly weak and no amount of spinning can make it good.  The drop was largely based on hundreds of thousands of Americans dropping out of the labor force.  Is that really a positive sign?  Last week we received data from the […]

May 19 2009

Alan Greenspan on $100,000 White-collar Comedy Tour: Quantitative Easing and Changing our Economic and Financial Language.

Alan Greenspan continues his White-collar $100,000 speaking fee comedy tour in which he tells the audience that he had nothing to do with the housing bubble.  Those expecting to see a mea culpa concert from the former Fed Chairman are going to be waiting for a very long time.  According to the majestic maestro, a […]

Jan 10 2009

Fiscal Stimulus: Does Government Investment help the Economy. Examining the Impact of Monetary and Fiscal Stimulus.

The economic difficulties facing our country have for the first time, made the Federal Reserve and U.S. Treasury seem powerless in regards to starting the economic engine once again.  For nearly 100 years, the school of thought was that monetary policy was the driving force for everything.  If inflation was picking up, all you needed […]

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