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Yellen Seems To Blame Tax Cuts For Current Problems

November 14, 2018

In a speech in China, former Fed Chairman Janet Yellen said China isn’t responsible for the U.S. trade deficit with China. Instead, she pointed to tax cuts and Fed rate hikes as the problems. She also said the rate hikes were partly caused by the tax cuts. Yellen predicted the U.S. central bank would raise […]

A Warning About Leveraged Companies

November 14, 2018

A long time investment banker says there are a lot of companies that had too much access to capital. They took on too much debt. That’s going to hurt them as interest rates keep rising and the economy slows. Moelis pointed to the current default rate in the high-yield bond sector as a warning sign. […]

Oil Prices Continue To Crash

November 14, 2018

Demand continues to far exceed supply. Some major oil suppliers are increasing output at the same time that global growth is slowing, reducing demand. The result is a bear market that continues to become worse. Some analysts believe that the recent run of price declines is the worst period ever for oil prices. Both WTI […]

A Fresh Perspective On Obamacare

November 13, 2018

Politicians say the federal health care law had a significant effect on the House of Representative elections last week. This article argues that politicians in both parties don’t understand the law or its effects. It’s harsh on both sides of the debate. It argues that what voters want is health insurance security for everyone.   […]

5 Steps To Financial Account Security

November 13, 2018

Most people now have online access to financial accounts, and hackers are looking for ways to gain access to those accounts. This article provides five steps people can take to increase the security of their online accounts. Hackers can quickly figure out your password, but they can’t figure out the secret, one-time code that your […]

New Thoughts On “Old Age”

November 12, 2018

A conference recently was convened with the theme that the world needs to redefine what it means by old age and consider the services available to and treatment of people age 60 and older. This article summarizes a lot of the presentations at the conference. It’s a mistake to keep telling ourselves a story about how […]

Financial Journalists And Their Sources

November 12, 2018

This is a large, academic study but has some interesting information. It gives an idea of the incentives for financial journalists and where they receive the information used to develop stories. Our findings can be summarized in three important themes. First, financial journalists have stronger incentives to produce original information and analysis than to disseminate […]

Medicare In-Home Services Expanded For some

November 12, 2018

In 2019, Medicare Advantage plans in about 20 states will be able to cover a range of home services that generally aren’t considered medical care and haven’t been covered in the past. It’s part of an experiment to see if providing these nontraditional services will improve health and medical outcomes for beneficiaries. The shift reflects […]

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