Read the fine print, QE is not really over

By Robert Romano “[T]he Committee decided to conclude its asset purchase program this month. The Committee is maintaining its existing policy of reinvesting principal payments from its holdings of agency debt and agency mortgage-backed securities in agency mortgage-backed securities and of rolling over maturing Treasury securities at auction. This policy, by keeping the Committee’s holdings of longer-term securities at sizable […]

10.28.2014 in Economy, Featured by NetRight Daily 0

The market controls interest rates, not the Fed

By Robert Romano Consider the following factors. North American oil production is experiencing a boom, largely driven by the shale oil miracle. China is slowing down, including its demand for oil. Europe is still in the thick of a major recession. Overall, oil consumption in the OECD is down this year. As a result, the trade deficit should begin going […]

10.24.2014 in Economy, Featured by NetRight Daily 2

‘Let them have cash’

By Robert Romano Pulling a modern day Marie “Let Them Eat Cake” Antoinette, Brown University professor Mark Blyth and hedge fund manager Eric Lonergan boldly propose to do what no central bank has done before: Just print money and give it to people. Seriously. You can’t make this stuff up. Writing in Foreign Affairs in an article sub-titled, “Why central […]

10.23.2014 in Economy, Featured by NetRight Daily 9

Tesla blocked by bipartisan cronies in Michigan

By Tom Toth Tesla Motors, the American car maker created in 2003 by “engineers who set out to prove that electric vehicles could be awesome,” has been banned from opening stores in Michigan to advertise and sell its vehicles. The “anti-Tesla” bill prevents auto makers like Tesla, who set up shop exclusively through regional stores and sell directly to the […]

Why the end of QE produced lower interest rates

By Robert Romano You’ve heard it a bazillion times. The end of quantitative easing by the Federal Reserve — since August 2007 it has added $3.6 trillion to its balance sheet — will mean interest rates have to rise. Because, well, they have to. At first, there was some truth to the claim. In 2013, after the Fed said it […]

10.20.2014 in Economy, Featured by NetRight Daily 1

What credit tightening? Where?

By Robert Romano “When former Fed chief Ben Bernanke has trouble refinancing his mortgage, you know there’s a problem.” That was Bloomberg View’s Barry Ritholtz on October 17, commenting on the supposed shortage of mortgage credit in the current U.S. housing market. “Banks have avoided making loans to many qualified borrowers, regardless of their credit history, income and ability to […]

10.16.2014 in Economy, Featured by NetRight Daily 6

Why we’ll never pay down the national debt

By Robert Romano CNS News’ Terence P. Jeffrey reports that the 89.2 million full-time private sector employees’ share of the $17.86 trillion national debt hit $200,258.81. That’s interesting, but Congress has no intention of ever balancing the budget. Plus, with the auto spending we’ll once again be adding $1 trillion to the debt by decade’s end as the retirement wave […]

10.15.2014 in Economy, Featured by NetRight Daily 0

Italy’s Five Star movement threatens to leave Euro

By Robert Romano “A quarter of Italian industry has disappeared. Our currency is overvalued and there is nothing we can do about it within the euro.” That was Five Star movement co-founder Gianroberto Casaleggio in an exclusive interview with the UK Telegraph’s Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, describing the incompatibility of Italian membership in the Eurozone. The tepid austerity in Italy has done […]

The high cost of Obama’s jobless recovery

By Robert Romano At the height of the Great Recession, by December 2009, 8.4 million jobs were lost. It has taken six years to recover to the 146.4 million January 2008 pre-downturn jobs level. Today, 146.6 million people have jobs, according to data compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Here’s the problem. The population aged 16-64 has increased by […]

10.10.2014 in Economy, Featured by NetRight Daily 23

How Democrats lost the economy

By Robert Romano It was 1932 all over again. The economy had collapsed right before the 2008 election, and, as a result, Democrats swept to commanding majorities in the House and Senate, and claimed the White House from an unpopular incumbent Republican. It had all the makings of a generational, political realignment. Yet two years later, Democrats would lose the […]

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