08.26.2015 in Economy, Featured by NetRight Daily 4

Is the Fed out of bullets?

By Robert Romano “I expect the normalization of monetary policy — that is, interest rates — to begin sometime this year. I expect normalization to proceed gradually, the implication being an environment of rather low rates for quite some time.” That was Dennis P. Lockhart, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, speaking on Monday, August 24, in Berkeley, […]

08.25.2015 in Economy, Featured by NetRight Daily 2

Wait, the economic news isn’t all bad

By Rick Manning What the heck is going on in the economy? The stock market plummets, rebounds and drops again by the time this publishes. Gasoline prices are flat even as the price of oil drops precipitously below the $40 a barrel level, down a full $55 a barrel since one year ago. The drop in oil prices looks to […]

08.12.2015 in Economy, Featured by NetRight Daily 5

China declares trade war, signals recession

By Robert Romano Beijing has launched a preemptive strike on the West and on other emerging economies, devaluing its currency by about 2 percent in a move that now threatens to disrupt the balance of trade worldwide. This could be the beginning of China’s own brand of quantitative easing, and it comes after the People’s Bank of China had briefly […]

Jeb Bush tanks after ‘work longer hours’ gaffe

By Robert Romano On July 9, former Florida Governor and Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush proclaimed that if Americans wanted higher incomes and to get back to 4-percent-a-year economic growth, they need to work longer hours. “[P]eople need to work longer hours and through their productivity gain more income for their families. That’s the only way we are going to […]

08.05.2015 in Economy, Featured by NetRight Daily 2

Oil consumption in advanced economies hits 20-year low

By Robert Romano Oil consumption in advanced economies in 2014 was at its lowest level since 1995, data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration shows. Use of petroleum in Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) nations, which includes the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, Japan, and South Korea, peaked in 2006 at 50.1 million barrels of oil a day. And […]

08.03.2015 in Economy, Featured by NetRight Daily 4

U.S. lost decade of economic growth all but certain

By Robert Romano Economic growth in the second quarter has come in at an inflation-adjusted 2.3 percent on an annualized basis, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reported on July 30. Combined with the first quarter’s lousy 0.6 percent growth, the outlook for 2015 as a whole appears quite weak. Just to reach 3 percent growth for the year, the economy […]

07.29.2015 in Economy, Featured by NetRight Daily 7

Civil asset forfeiture: It’s not just for drug dealers anymore

By Rick Manning Question: When is an American guilty until proven innocent? Answer: When law enforcement confiscates property that is allegedly involved in or acquired through illegal means without benefit of ever having convicted the owner of a crime. The fruits of this process known as civil asset forfeiture often show up at auctions where promises are made that you […]

07.27.2015 in Economy, Featured by NetRight Daily 34

Trump means business

By Robert Romano Unless you have been living under a rock, you have probably noticed that Donald Trump is running for president as a Republican on an aggressive platform against illegal immigration. After his announcement — in which he said Mexico was sending criminals, rapists, and drug dealers to the U.S. — being declared a “disaster” by mainstream media outlets, […]

07.20.2015 in Economy, Featured by NetRight Daily 12

Why the Greece bailout will fail—again

By Robert Romano Here we go again. Under immense pressure from creditors in the European Union, the Greek parliament has overwhelmingly voted 229 to 64 to accept another €86 billion bailout. As a part of the terms, Greece must raise taxes, increase the retirement age, cut pensions, engage in foreclosures, evictions and liquidation on thousands of homes and businesses behind […]

07.13.2015 in Economy, Featured by NetRight Daily 6

Does marriage predict home sales?

By Robert Romano “[M]illennials’ current aversion to marriage and children affects when — or if — they purchase homes. As long as they delay or forego these choices, they are much less likely to want to buy a home, even if they can afford it. Homeownership simply does not fit their current lifestyle.” That was Mark Fleming, chief economist of […]

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