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Does the Federal Reserve benefit the nation, or just the banks?    Cui bono--to whose benefit?--is a skeptic's scalpel that cuts through the fat of propaganda and

Does the Federal Reserve benefit the nation, or just the banks? Cui bono--to whose benefit?--is a skeptic's scalpel that cuts through the fat of propaganda and

"What is it doing now? The market is right back in the rarified areas that it was when the Fed dampened speculation, but now the Fed is doing the opposite. Not only has the Fed not raised the discount rate to 6%, or even to 1%, but it is keeping the Fed funds rate at zero, and it is promising a 0% Fed-funds rate through 2015, three whole years. This 180-degree turn tells me that the Fed is in a panic."

Chart Of The Day: Federal Reserve Is Showing Financial Fear

The Walking Debt

The Walking Debt

On December 30, 2008, the bank's board dutifully approved the merger. Two weeks later, the Treasury delivered to Bank of America an additional $20 billion plus a $118-billion guarantee to pick up further losses from Merrill's assets. All of that was placed on the backs of the American people as a tax in the form of inflation.

Europe is currently basking in the temporary calm of official reassurances and half-measures. The calm won't last long. Two of the more interesting dynamics at

The chart shows the real (inflation adjusted) total retirement market assets per working age citizen in the U.S.  This includes IRA's, defined contribution plans, private defined benefit plans, state and local government pension plans, federal pension plans, and annuities. --   The good news is that the liquidity induced rally over the last four years has recovered much of the lost value that occurred during the financial crisis in 2008.  The bad news: each working age person has  only…

ICI recently released their retirement plan data through of The chart of the day shows the real (inflation adjusted) total retirement market asse

The Trouble with Printing Money

For a while now, I have been expecting a coordinated, global central bank action that would seek to print more money out of thin air, or "QE" (quantitative easi

With the Bush tax cuts set to expire at the end of December, let's take a moment to reflect on the history of U.S. federal debt and personal taxation, the latte

With the Bush tax cuts set to expire at the end of December, let's take a moment to reflect on the history of U. federal debt and personal taxation, the latte

Is The NY Fed Really Run By Goldman?  There is a term in the market called “frontrunning.” It means putting on trades in front of your competitors with illegally gained information. This is very serious business. Read more at http://www.westernjournalism.com/ny-fed-really-run-goldman/#6YaED9qkQv5qqTcU.99

During his testimony before Congress this week, Federal Reserve Chairman Bernanke made it a priority to dampen the growing concern that the unprecedented growt

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