Posts Tagged ‘banking’


The Fed’s QE3 and the Bank-Stock Connection

The Federal Reserve’s third round of Quantitative Easing, that massive stimulus program intended to boost the economy in the years following the housing collapse of 2008, officially ended in October 2014. But as the dust settles, some financial experts point out that it may have been banks and stocks that benefited most. The much-publicized housing […]

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Can Big Banks Be Trusted With Pensions?

The biggest players in the US banking industry have been on the hot seat ever since the housing collapse of 2008 exposed a number of misleading, predatory and downright illegal practices perpetrated both at home and abroad. Now, as another round of penalties come down on five of the country’s leading financial institutions, one senator […]

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China’s New Silk Road Challenges the West

The Silk Road, that ancient and mystical trade route that brought Asian silks and spices all the way to Europe, has long been the subject of story and song. But now, a new initiative by the Chinese government aims to revive the Silk Road’s storied route in a bid for Eurasian supremacy that both challenges […]

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Artificial Intelligence Changes the Finance Game

As far back as 1990, financial experts were predicting that in the not too distant future, investment and money management would be aided by sophisticated computer technologies. Flash forward a couple of decades, and that future is here. Robotics experts predict that by 2025, robots and other kinds of “smart” digital technology will have achieved […]

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Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac: Still On Top in Home Loans?

Ever since the great housing collapse of 2008, legislators and regulators have tried to scale back – or even eliminate – federal mortgage megalenders Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. But as new regulations n private lenders, the agencies everyone loves to hate just keep on ticking. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac collectively account for the […]

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How Does the Fed Manage Inflation?

Cycles of inflation and its opposite number deflation have been part of the American financial landscape for well over a century. While some of these cycles are affected by outside events such as wartime, what many consumers don’t know is that our very own central bank, the Federal Reserve, plays a very active role in […]

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Inflation Rate Models Make a Difference

Inflation is a word that strikes dread into the hearts of American consumers, who know that when it’s headed their way, their hard earned dollars will buy less. But different models of measuring inflation can make a big difference in how scary those numbers can be. Inflation and its opposite number deflation have been around […]

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What’s Behind the World’s Debt Crisis?

On one spring day in late April 2014, the world’s debt clock checked in at a staggering $60, 656, 668, 640,014. That number changes by the minute, as do the totals for interest accrued – over $1,000 every minute. The world is deep in debt – and becoming more indebted every minute, with no end […]

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The Wizard of Oz: An Economic Fairy Tale?

And all along, you thought The Wizard of Oz was a delightful children’s adventure, brought to life on the big screen in that famous movie starring Judy Garland. But in the years since the movie put the beloved L Frank Baum story into the cultural fabric of American life, a variety of scholars, historians and […]

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Do Currency Wars Drive World Economies?

The major powers may rattle sabers and troops and weapons may move in places all around the globe, but there’s another, quieter kind of war that has the power to make or break economies. Global “currency wars” like the one we’re In right now affect rates of exchange, inflation, and the flow of goods and […]

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The US: World’s #1 Tax Haven?

The phrase “tax haven: conjures up images of shady money being squirreled away in chilly Swiss banks or sunny tropical ones –a way for businesses and people to hide their dealings from the authorities at home. Switzerland and the Cayman Islands top the list of the world’s best-known – or most notorious – tax havens, […]

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Wikimedia Fights NSA For Your Civil Rights

The National Security Agency’s domestic surveillance operations hit the headlines last year to a volley of outraged objections from civil libertarians in the US and abroad. But while the news coverage has faded, the spying hasn’t – and a new lawsuit filed against the agency by the ACLU on behalf of an unlikely coalition of […]

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Virtual Reality Tecnology: Big Changes for Business?

No more real estate agents? No more brokers and financial advisers and money managers? Those jobs and many others could be obsolete in the next five years, thanks to advances in digital technology that put many of their functions into the hands f users who can take full control of a range of financial transactions […]

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Can Apple Turn Gold Into Profits?

Gold – that ancient standard for wealth and beauty – has had a roller coaster ride in the world’s money markets lately, trading down from last year and struggling against other commodities in global investing. But a new maneuver from Apple Corp is poised to change all that, as the computer giant positions itself to […]

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What’s Ahead for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac?

Fannie and Freddie are still headed for the chopping block. The demise of those venerable home loan agencies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac might not seem to matter to anyone who’s not looking to buy a house. But some market watchers worry that the dismantling of the nation’s biggest mortgage backers could push the entire […]

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Do New Laws Erode Financial Privacy?

Where financial privacy is concerned, you can run, but you can’t hide. There was a time when offshore banking was the smart choice for investors, corporations and just about anybody who wanted to keep assets safe from the prying eyes of authorities. Swiss bank accounts and deposits in places like the Cayman Islands acted as […]

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The Dollar Becomes a Crowded Trade

The US dollar continues to trade strong in world markets. But as it continues its climb, some market watchers worry that it might be time to put on the brakes. According to a recent article from Business Insider, the dollar has become what’s known as a “crowded trade” in the international money markets. What’s more, […]

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Will Deflation Derail World Economies?

Low prices delight consumers. But those falling prices may signal darker days ahead in the form of deflation, which flattens economies and leads to long-term recession. As prices drop and sales flatten in many of the world’s leading economies, experts fear a global epidemic of deflation that could have long-term effects on local and international […]

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Deflation and Oil Prices: Should Investors Worry?

Oil prices are falling, dropping below $200 USD for a barrel of crude. And while that makes US consumers happy, the tumble in prices is fueling worries of a looming round of deflation that could ripple throughout the economy and trigger another round of intervention by the Federal Reserve. Because petroleum products play an enormous […]

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Bitcoin Ponzi Scheme: New Coin, Old Scam?

The Bitcoin is looking more and more like traditional money every day. In just a few short years, the upstart digital currency has gone from a mere novelty to a multimillion dollar trading commodity subject to many of the ills that plague “real” money backed by national and international banks. The latest step: a massive […]

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