Waiting on the Fed

It should be clear to you by now that in the United States the Federal Reserve Bank is calling the shots in our financial markets.  To a lesser extent this phenomena is happening all over the world. As such, the markets did little this week because the Fed doesn’t meet again until Tuesday.

Will the ghost of William Wallace finally see the British thrown out of his country once and for all? If the latest polls on the outcome of the September 18th referendum on Scottish Independence are any indication, Scots are in a dead heat over the political and economic future of their country.

Everything you want to know about Retirement

  As expected, the European Central Bank announced additional monetary stimulus in its effort to jump-start the EU economies. Global markets liked what they heard and bought stocks to celebrate.

  The European Central Bank has lagged behind both the U.S. and Japanese counterparts in their efforts to stimulate the economies of the European Union. Today, they attempted to address that fault before Europe sinks into a recession.

At the beginning of the year Wall Street was certain that interest rates were on their way up. Investors dumped all kinds of bonds anticipating that prices would plummet.  Bond prices did the upset. Go figure.

  The nation’s workforce has experienced some traumatic events over the past five years. Between the financial crises, global competition and the slow pace of domestic economic growth, is it any wonder that employment in the U.S. is not what it should be? Yet the biggest challenge of all may be right around the corner [...]

Labor on their mind

  It is that time of the year again when the world’s central bankers gather together in Wyoming to sort out the economic conditions of the global economy. This year most bankers will be looking at labor growth, or lack thereof, and what to do about it.

Financing ISIS

  Out-gunned, out-manned and out-financed, terrorists should be logically on the losing end of any combat engagement. And yet,   they exist and sometimes flourish despite the odds. Much of their success can be attributed to cash, the life blood of any army, and their increasingly sophisticated method of raising.it.

Just a few months ago things were looking up in Europe. The economy seemed to be growing modestly, their central bank was talking about further efforts to stimulate the economy and even the PIGS were beginning to recover. And then came Putin.