One of the things that this era of American history will be known for is conspicuous consumption.
We have shown the surge in short positioning that CFTC exposes via its Commitment of Traders data that has begun to see some covering;
It took the Fed long enough but finally even it succumbed to the reality of surging food prices when, as we reported previously, it hiked cafeteria prices at ground zero: the cafeteria of the Chicago Fed, stating that "prices continue to rise between
Influential financial publisher and former presidential candidate Steve Forbes is out with a new warning that the U.S. faces an economic catastrophe due to the Federal Reserve's loose dollar policy, and returning to a strict "gold standard" is the on
Wealthy members of Congress are living the high life at taxpayer expense, while most of the rest of the country continues to suffer through one of the worst economic periods in our lifetimes. According to an analysis conducted by the Center for Resp
When an economy is healthy, there is lots of buying and selling and money tends to move around quite rapidly. Unfortunately, the US economy is the exact opposite of that right now. The velocity of M2 has fallen
Fitts correctly predicted that there would be no financial collapse in 2013. She characterizes what is going on in the global economy as a "slow burn."
Regular readers are familiar with my narratives on the U.S. Greater Depression, and (in particular) some of the government's own charts which depict this economic meltdown most vividly.
It must be technicals, right?
Legendary investor Jim Rogers has been warning about "the ocean of artificial liquidity" as a result of the unprecedented money printing by central banks around the world for quite some time now.
The U.S. economy contracted in the first quarter for the first time in three years as it buckled under the weight of a severe winter, but there are signs activity has since rebounded.
Anyone who buys their own groceries (as opposed to having a full-time cook handle such mundane chores) knows that the cost of basic foods keeps rising, despite the official claims that inflation is essentially near-zero.
Sanction threats against Russia sent shock waves of panic across the world of investment. There's still those who still believe in the prospects of the Russian economy, despite the political turmoil.
For anyone interested, there are many very well built houses up for auction by the city of Detroit.
For a decade or so, I've been observing the glut of retail space in my city and other cities around the country, including the proliferation of Walgreens stores. (It's the same situation with office space.) Near my house, commercial vacancy rates o
With the housing purchase market for everyone but the wealthiest stagnating (confirmed by today's sliding "plans to buy a home" indicator), forcing Americans to scramble for rental properties and pushing residential asking rents to fresh record high
The definition of death rattle is a sound often produced by someone who is near death when fluids such as saliva and bronchial secretions accumulate in the throat and upper chest.
The unintended consequences of the Fed's unprecedented interventions will rip the heart and lungs out of the housing market
In this week’s release of the minutes from its April 29-30 meeting, Federal Reserve policymakers made clear that they see little chance of inflation moving past their 2% target for years to come.
Just a matter of time...
If there’s one indicator of the state of the global economy it’s consumer purchasing on the retail level.
The Department of Agriculture has warned of sticker shock facing home chefs on the eve of the Memorial Day holiday weekend, the unofficial start of the U.S. summer grilling season.
Local politicians like to avoid raising taxes and cutting services, so they borrow to balance budgets. "If they can borrow and kick the can down the road, they do ... they've been kicking the can down the road for too long,"
Until Ron Paul raised the issue at the national level in 2007, the Federal Reserve System had been treated with the kind of lazy indifference or acquiescence with which the public gradually comes to accept any institution of long standing. To be sure
Charles Goyette (Author, Talk Show Host) provides an update on the economy - BONUS ARCHIVE: Ernest reads and goes over the Declaration of Independence
On the surface, the economic atmosphere of the U.S. has appeared rather calm and uneventful.
If there was one chart that shows best what is happening with the bifurcated US housing market, it is this NAR breakdown of sales by pricing bucket.
After 6 months of missed expectations, last month's fragile beat of dismal expectations ....
Defined benefit plans (pension plans) — which are paid in addition to an employees' salary — have been declining, as defined contribution plans (like 401k plans) have been on the rise.
Martin Wolf is the chief economics commentator at the influential Financial Times. He has received numerous honorary awards, positions, and degrees. My first knowledge of him came from a friend who had attended a lecture where Mr. Wolf mentioned that