Posts tagged Fed

Is A Cyber Attack an Act of War?

This past week it was revealed that the Chinese hacked into American government computer systems and stole sensitive information about 16.9 million military and intelligence employees applying for security clearances. Is this an act of war or not? We could …






Will The Fed Taper? Here’s Betting They Won’t

The end of the Fed buyback of debt is on financial minds today.  Yesterday, on all the business channels it was “topic constant”.  Late in the day, I tuned into TastyTrade to see if they were talking about it and …






The Taper That Will Never Come

Jobs released today.  The economy is not growing in a normal pattern.  This economist describes it as “bumping around at the bottom of a hole”.  She compares the rate to 2007. Some might quibble with that, but that is the …






Analyzing The Bernank

Yesterday to no one’s surprise, the Fed left interest rates unchanged.  The statement was changed slightly-but that change wasn’t earth shattering.  The only change was inflation expectations in a very slight manner. The real fireworks happened at the news conference. …






Oil hits $109 a Barrel

West Texas Intermediate Crude hits $109 a barrel in intraday trade.  Your gas will easily top $4 bucks a gallon soon, and the price of traveling around the country will go up. The rise in commodity prices is not a …






B. I. T.'s and China (Bonds, Inflation, Taxes)

There is not a lot of business news right now, but a lot of spinning.  Call it a Super Bowl hangover, but it forces traders to do what they do best, take a bunch of seemingly disparate information and synthesize …






Been Pondering the Low Rate Policy Awhile

I am uncomfortable with the quantitative ease and ultra low rate policy the Federal Reserve is pursuing. It has not proven to be inflationary yet. Also, modern economic theory would point policy in the direction of low rates. Essentially, the …