Economy, Markets & Interest Rates

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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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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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Is the Economy Getting Better?

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

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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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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Money Creation in a Modern Economy

By: Tim Hayes Financial Advisor - posted in: Economy, Markets, and Interest Rates - Last updated Nov 13, 2018

The political season is upon us. And with Thanksgiving just around the corner, complete with turkey, stuffing and football, you might find yourself in the middle of a heated family conversation about politics and money.

 

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Is It a Smart Idea to Reduce Taxes If a Big Buyer of Your Debt Stops Buying?

You have probably heard conversations where people worried about what would happen to interest rates if China stopped buying our government debt. Moreover, before China, people were concerned about Japan.

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