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

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 Apr 3, 2019

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

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 Apr 3, 2019

The 1% got $4 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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Managing Your Money: Active vs Passive Investing

Managing Your Money: Active vs Passive Investing

By: Tim Hayes Financial Advisor - posted in: Investing Your Money - Last updated Apr 3, 2019

With index investing, investors buy a basket of stocks or bonds. (Investors cannot directly invest in an index.) The most popular index is probably Standard & Poor’s 500 (S&P 500), which tracks the 500 largest companies on the NYSE or NASDAQ and is a staple in the menu of investment choices that many of you have in your 401(k)-plan.

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Is the Economy Getting Better?

Is the Economy Getting Better?

By: Tim Hayes Financial Advisor - posted in: Economy, Markets, and Interest Rates - Last updated Apr 3, 2019

Anyone reading today’s financial press would think the U.S. economy is accelerating—finally taking off from its post-financial crisis lackluster performance to what Tom Brokaw called “a roaring economy” on Meet the Press this past weekend.

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