Posts Tagged ‘market predictions’


Interest Rates: Trends for 2015?

With every new year comes a round of predictions about the financial future. This year, as in many others, the fate of interest rates in 2015 and beyond is the subject of speculation, most of it pessimistic. Financial experts and economists are once again predicting that US interest rates will soar in the coming months. […]

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The Bitcoin Bounces Back

After a rough couple of years, the Bitcoin is surging back with a vengeance. Just a year after its fall from grace in the Silk Road drug site scandal, the digital currency’s market value has even beaten gold in the world’s markets. Whether hailed as a welcome alternative to government-controlled currencies or despised as a […]

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Looking Ahead: Another Financial Crisis?

As the US economy regains its feet after the massive financial collapse of 2008, economists are turning their gaze to the future: what will trigger the next major economic crisis – not just for the US, but also for the global economy as a whole? And a bigger question: can it be prevented? To answer […]

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Solar Energy: Changing the Balance of Power

The sun is rising on solar energy. After a long stint on the fringes of the alternative energy movement, solar power is hitting the mainstream – and giving conventional utility providers a run for their money. Solar energy was once the darling of the well off environmentally conscious homeowners who could afford to outfit their […]

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Is the Fed Finally Ending the Stimulus?

Is it curtains for QE3? The Federal Reserve has announced that Quantitative Easing, round three, better known as QE3, is coming to an end – although key interest rates won’t rise until mid-2015. The end of the stimulus also marks the end of a massive experiment in government intervention that sparked debate both at home […]

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Lower Credit Standards: Economic Boost or Bust?

We’ve always been told that success depends on setting high standards. Lowering your standards, so the conventional wisdom goes, leads to accepting low quality and ultimately bad outcomes. But in a bid to offset a sluggish recovery, the US government is advocating just that, with proposals on several fronts to lower borrowing standards to make […]

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A Cash Free Society? Sweden Leads the Way

Hard metal in the hand or virtual numbers on a card, money is what people agree that it is. And now, as Sweden moves quietly toward a cash-free society, the very nature of money – and what it means – could be forever changed. Sweden has long been in the vanguard of cultural shifts. Its […]

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US Dollar Rides High in World Markets

After the roller coaster ride of recent recession years, the US dollar is on top again – at least for now. And its strong showing against other world currencies may be due to the Federal Reserve’s much-maligned Quantitative Easing plan. According to a recent Business Insider article on the performance of the dollar and other […]

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Do Borrowers Need Banks?

Banks are an essential part of the financial landscape – or at least, they’d like you to think so. But are they? New banking alternatives may be making the traditional bank loan a thing of the past. The traditional banking model has been around for centuries, supersized to today’s massive institutions like Bank of America, […]

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The Fed’s Stimulus Strategy: Silencing Skeptics?

In the end, did hard easing work? That contradictory term for Qualitative Easing version 3, the Federal Reserve’s controversial and much disputed stimulus plan, has been in the news and on the minds of economists and financial advisers since it was conceived in 2012 as the latest attempt to boost the nation’s economic recovery. From […]

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International Conflict Hits Americans In the Wallet

It’s a small, small world, as the old song goes. And that’s increasingly obvious as events across the globe have the power to hit Americans hard at home. In a world that’s ever more connected, global conflicts can quickly become local ones, with consequences for the US dollar, energy reserves and consumer goods, and the […]

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Can Corporate Tax Inversions Harm the Economy?

The chief financial officer of drugstore giant Walgreen’s just departed his job. And while the movements of higher ups at megacorporations often resemble a round of musical chairs, this particular job change sheds light on a new trend in corporate tax evasion: tax inversion. Tax inversion is a milk toast term for a sweeping strategy […]

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Can Living Wills Prevent Another Banking Collapse?

People make living wills – and now, so do banks. To prevent a major financial meltdown like the one that hit the country in 2008, major US banks are now required to create a contingency plan for failure and submit it to government regulators. But because those regulators haven’t been monitoring those “living wills,” the […]

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The Future May Be Brighter Than You Thought: Here’s Why

In a world of shrinking resources and stagnant salaries, it’s easy to believe we’re living in bad times with no hope of a recovery. But a look at the bigger picture, as revealed in a new book based on research from all over the world, suggests that we’re living in a time of unprecedented abundance […]

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Bitcoin For Real Estate: A New Frontier

In spite of outcry from government banks and cyberpolice worried about connections to Internet crime, the Bitcoin just keeps on trucking, with more and more sellers accepting the digital currency. But the growing use of Bitcoin for buying real estate is raising concerns about the digital coin’s staying power and stability. Bitcoin’s splashy entrance into […]

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Successful Investors Use Their Heads

It’s the stuff of happy endings everywhere: a gut feeling a tug at the heart or an intuition opens doors to just the right thing. That can be true in money matters, too – but financial experts say that the best investing outcomes are those driven by cool, collected logic: objective, not subjective, thinking. Subjective […]

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The US: The Last Superpower Standing?

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5 Investing Mistakes That Cost You Money

Investing is supposed to make you money, not make you lose it. But it’s easy to fall into a few traps that can cause exactly that – whether you’re new to investing or have been around the block a few times. Regardless of how you’re investing, financial professionals point to five common mistakes that can […]

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What’s the Right Retirement Age Anyway?

For decades, 65 has been that magic age for “retirement” – leaving a longtime job and riding off into the golden years with visions of vacations, grandkids and hobbies dancing through graying heads. But a variety of social, economic and personal factors are turning the notion of a true retirement age on its head. And […]

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In a Soft Economy, Wary Buyers Look, But Don’t Leap

The US economy has come a long way since the historic housing collapse of 2008. But a relatively flat employment picture and tighter lending standards may be slowing that recovery down. Case in point: the rebounding housing market, where would be buyers are increasingly browsing, but not committing to a purchase. After a promising year […]

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