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Deutsche Bank is out with a new warning that says the Federal Reserve’s latest round of an estimated $ 1.02 trillion in total annual purchases of U.S. Treasuries and mortgage-backed securities is creating lemon socialism, a U.S. economy filled with the financially undead. Deutsche notes that stock markets are based on winners and losers, but there are neither right now. That’s because the Fed keeps pumping liquidity into the system, so everyone wins. When everyone wins, no one makes money, a bridge to nowhere Japan has already crossed. The Fed’s balance sheet could rise from $ 2.8 trillion currently to […]

In an unprecedented step, the Federal Reserve said on Wednesday it would hold interest rates near zero until the U.S. unemployment rate falls to 6.5 percent as it launched a new round of bond purchases to stimulate the economy. The central bank said its commitment to hold rates steady until its new threshold was reached would hold as long as inflation was projected to be no more than 2.5 percent one or two years ahead and inflation expectations were contained. Fed officials, who revised lower their forecasts for economic growth and inflation next year, replaced a more-modest expiring stimulus program […]

By 2030 China will blow past America as the world’s largest economy and global power will shift decidedly in favor of Asia, a new report from the U.S. intelligence community forecasted on Monday. The prediction comes as the U.S. and Europe struggle to recover from the Great Recession but some emerging economies continue to grow at a far healthier pace. The National Intelligence Council’s Global Trends report concluded that by 2030 Asia will surpass North America and Europe combined in terms of global power, based on gross domestic product growth, population size, military spending and technological investment. Further, the report […]

The Federal Reserve is set to announce a fresh round of Treasury bond purchases when it meets next week, avoiding monetary policy tightening to maintain support for the weak U.S. economy amid uncertainty over the looming year-end “fiscal cliff.” Many economists think the U.S. central bank will announce monthly bond purchases of $ 45 billion after its policy gathering on December 11-12, signaling it will continue to pump money into the U.S. economy during 2013 in a bid to bring down unemployment. “We expect status quo,” said Laurence Meyer of the forecasting firm Macroeconomic Advisers. “We expect purchases will continue […]

The Federal Reserve is set to announce a fresh round of Treasury bond purchases when it meets next week, avoiding monetary policy tightening to maintain support for the weak U.S. economy amid uncertainty over the looming year-end “fiscal cliff.” Many economists think the U.S. central bank will announce monthly bond purchases of $ 45 billion after its policy gathering on December 11-12, signaling it will continue to pump money into the U.S. economy during 2013 in a bid to bring down unemployment. “We expect status quo,” said Laurence Meyer of the forecasting firm Macroeconomic Advisers. “We expect purchases will continue […]

U.S. Federal Reserve policymakers are expected to debate whether to keep their total monthly asset purchases steady at $ 85 billion in the new year when they next meet, on December 11-12. They are also discussing whether they should adopt numerical thresholds for inflation and joblessness to signal when they might hike rates. The following are recent comments from Fed policymakers (an asterisk denotes the person is a voting member of the policy-setting Federal Open Market Committee this year): BOSTON FED PRESIDENT ERIC ROSENGREN, December 3 “A strong case can be made for the Federal Reserve continuing to purchase the […]

The presidential election has come and gone, but the nation’s economic challenges remain. The pressure is now on President Barack Obama and Congress to resolve important tax and spending disagreements before the nation plunges over a “fiscal cliff,” which experts say could bring on a new recession. John Graham, the D. Richard Mead Jr. family professor at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University in Durham, N.C., believes the nation’s economic woes will not be solved unless everyone shares the pain. He outlines his thoughts in this interview. From an economic perspective, how do you view the tug of […]

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said on Tuesday that U.S. politicians must come to a timely agreement on the budget in order to ensure the economic recovery is not derailed. The powerful central bank chief said the U.S. economy could have a strong 2013 if politicians can quickly come to a deal to avert the so-called fiscal cliff, adding that the Fed’s latest stimulus should continue to provide support. Bernanke argued that fears about the cliff of expiring tax cuts and government spending reductions, set to kick in early next year, are already causing uncertainty in financial markets and possibly […]

Fiscal brinkmanship in Washington is already affecting the U.S. economy as worried businesses invest less in equipment, Bank of America Corp (BAC) Chief Executive Brian Moynihan said. U.S. lawmakers return to the capital Tuesday with a seven-week deadline to agree on averting the so-called fiscal cliff – scheduled tax hikes and budget cuts, set to take effect in January, which threaten to tip the nation into another recession. “That uncertainty continues to hold back the recovery,” Moynihan said Tuesday at an investor conference in New York. The bank’s clients need more clarity before they make investments, he said. Moynihan and […]

Fiscal brinkmanship in Washington is already affecting the U.S. economy as worried businesses invest less in equipment, Bank of America Corp Chief Executive Brian Moynihan said. U.S. lawmakers return to the capital Tuesday with a seven-week deadline to agree on averting the so-called fiscal cliff – scheduled tax hikes and budget cuts, set to take effect in January, which threaten to tip the nation into another recession. “That uncertainty continues to hold back the recovery,” Moynihan said Tuesday at an investor conference in New York. The bank’s clients need more clarity before they make investments, he said. Moynihan and chief […]

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