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by Lee Adler, The Wall Street Examiner The Legend of Bennie the Beard, Henry the Hitman, and Gangbankster Dealers (A True Story with Real Data and Real People) The Industrial Production news last week reminded me of a story. It’s … Continue reading
Bernanke is aware just how fragile the recovery is. He is prepared to take further monetary action. But a fiscal policy stimulus would be far more effective. Continue reading
The economy is much weaker than the picture Chairman Bernanke painted, and it is likely further extraordinary monetary policy accommodation will be necessary. Bernanke gave the opinion that the economy was gaining enough traction to stand on its own without further accommodation. With the consumer only offering modest support and government spending contracting, he can only be correct if private investment increases significantly.
International capital flows appear to show the U.S. has a low savings rate and China a high savings rate. However, these conclusions are modified when capital gains are considered. Continue reading
We are on the verge of debt deflation taking hold via a housing double dip and negative equity. Commodity prices (reflected in food, energy and clothing), plus health care and education costs are rising in a regressive way. Companies have combated this by trying to prevent cost pressures from feeding through by keeping headcount down. This has effectively meant that lower income households get the bad side of both commodity price inflation and debt/income deflation.