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Interest Rate Predictions

and the survey says… September! The Wall Street Journal has been out on the street asking economists when they think the Federal Reserve is likely to begin increasing the Fed funds rate. Unlike Jay Leno’s interviews with average people on the street, not one economist asked, “What’s the Fed funds rate?” Although a few diehard […]

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What is our Fiscal Space?

When a government has a lot of debt, is it better to implement an austerity plan and pay the debt down? Or, take advantage of low interest rates and invest in the country? Since the financial crisis, countries around the world have racked up a lot of debt through stimulus programs, financial bailouts, and other […]

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When will Rates Rise?

When will the Federal Reserve begin to raise the federal funds rate? It’s a question that may affect U.S. markets more than any other during 2015. Last fall, Chicago Fed President Charles Evans noted:[1] “…Monetary policy does not presently face a conflict in goals; actions that support employment growth also help move inflation up toward […]

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The pendulum swings back

​ A manufacturing renaissance in america… really? In the 1950s, manufacturing accounted for 30 percent of America’s gross domestic product (GDP), which is the value of all goods and services produced in the United States. Today, it comprises about 12 percent of GDP. That’s a big change and it was accompanied by a big shift […]

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