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Get Ready For Higher Inflation At Long Last

US inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) has been trending lower since late 2011, despite repeated efforts by the Fed to lift inflation to its 2% target. The Fed somehow believes that we need higher inflation to get the economy going. While the CPI and other inflation measures have failed to cooperate…

Retailers Brace For Disappointing Shopping Season

Retailers typically look forward to the holiday season as a time for major profits. Many retailers experience 35-40% of their annual sales during the period from Thanksgiving to Christmas. But this year, retailers could be singing the blues by the time the Christmas holiday shopping season concludes, according to several recent surveys. The National Retail…

Obama Lied About Healthcare, Approval Hits New Low

President Obama’s approval rating has declined to an all-time low as public frustration with Washington and pessimism about the nation’s direction continue to grow, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. Just 42% approve of the president’s job performance, which is down five points from earlier this month, and 51% disapprove of his…

Will Tomorrow’s Jobs Report be Another Dud?

Tomorrow morning at 8:30 eastern, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) will release the unemployment report for April. You may recall that the unemployment report for March, which was released on April 5, was simply awful. Only 88,000 new jobs were created in March, instead of the nearly 200,000 that were expected. So what’s expected…

Does Bernanke Privately Want Higher Inflation?

At the conclusion of its September 12-13 policy meeting, Chairman Ben Bernanke announced that the Fed Open Market Committee (FOMC) voted to implement QE3 immediately. Bernanke said that the Fed would begin buying an additional $40 billion a month in mortgage-backed securities in an effort to put more pressure on long-term interest rates and to…