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10 Years after the Financial Crisis, Does the U.S. Still Have a Debt Problem?

By: Tim Hayes Financial Advisor - posted in: Economy, Markets, and Interest Rates - Last updated Nov 18, 2018

Yes. The amount of debt today is higher than it was before the financial crisis. Before the Great Recession, the total debt in the U.S.—that is, government, business and personal debt combined—was $53 trillion. At the end of 2017, it had increased by 28% to $68 trillion.

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The Fed Balance Sheet Reduction Schedule

By: Tim Hayes Financial Advisor - posted in: Economy, Markets, and Interest Rates - Last updated Nov 18, 2018

If your bank account dropped from $100,000 to $80,000, would you be inclined to spend more, or less? Would it matter if the drop happened all at once, or over 16 months? This is the predicament in which Federal Reserve Chairman front-runner candidate Jerome Powell finds himself.

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Is the Reduction of the Fed’s Balance Sheet a Ticking Time Bomb? Two Financial Heavyweights Weigh In

By: Tim Hayes Financial Advisor - posted in: Economy, Markets, and Interest Rates - Last updated Nov 18, 2018

A dispute is brewing in the financial press between two financial heavyweights: Paul Sheard, Executive Vice President and Chief Economist of S&P Global, and Urjit Patel, Governor of the Reserve Bank of India.

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Investing in an Overpriced Stock Market

By: Tim Hayes Financial Advisor - posted in: Investment Advisor - Last updated Nov 18, 2018

The U.S. stock market has come a long way from its Great Recession low. That low, at which the S&P 500 bottomed out at 666 on March 9, 2009, is what has been called “the Haines’ bottom,” named after legendary CNBC anchor Mark Haines.

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Why Tax Cuts, Combined with the Federal Reserve Reducing Its Balance Sheet, Is So Risky for Our Economy

By: Tim Hayes Financial Advisor - posted in: Economy, Markets, and Interest Rates - Last updated Nov 17, 2018

The 1% got $5 trillion of help from the Federal Reserve during QE. The bill for that support, which comes due just as the Fed reduces its balance sheet, just got sent to the middle-class through this new tax bill.

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