Many of us who lived through the financial crisis of 2008 believe another stock market crash is on the horizon. Consider billionaire investor Carl Icahn, for example, who had a net equity position that was 150 percent short as of the end of March. That indicates at least one investor thinks the stock market will […]
We all have annual rituals – from New Year’s resolutions to spring cleaning. This year, add one more: a midyear financial checkup. And what better time to do it than summer, when other obligations often ease? We recommend evaluating the following areas to determine whether your financial health needs improvement: Budget. How much are you […]
As government bond yields turned negative throughout Europe, rates overseas in the U.S. and in Asia also dropped to new lows. The U.S. Treasury 10-year bond yield stood at 1.49% at the end of the June, a level not seen in a very long time. The concern with ultra-low yields as well as negative yields […]
The Council of Economic Advisors, an agency within the Executive Office of the President, released a report in June identifying the fact that less working age men are working. The participation rate for men between the ages of 25 and 54 fell more steeply than in all but one country in the Organization for Economic […]
As banks and financial institutions have been mandated to increase their loan qualifications for home mortgages due to government regulations, more and more families are being forced to rent rather than own. As the demand for rentals has been increasing, the level of home ownership has been falling. Some attribute this dynamic to a low […]
The debt woes of Greece of have been ongoing since 2009, when a severe recession led the country into a debt crisis. In late May, Greece was able to once again secure debt relief from its European creditors by providing short and long term relief on debt coming due. The European Union members agreed on […]
Since the creation of the euro zone and the region’s common currency, the euro, there has been an incredible expansion of euro notes and circulation of the currency. Euro notes are tendered worldwide and held as a store of value by millions of people across Europe and other regions of the world. The euro has […]
In an effort to better determine the health of the housing market, the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development compiles and releases data every month. The most recent data available is, as of April 2016, revealed that sales of new homes increased to an annualized rate of 619,000, the largest increase in eight years. […]
With oil exports accounting for over 95% of Venezuela’s revenue, the 50% collapse of oil prices in the past two years has thrown the country into fiscal and political turmoil. In order to raise critical cash to keep the government operational, officials have started to sell the country’s gold reserves. Even though the country is […]
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