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How Does China Avoid a Crash? $

How Does China Avoid a Crash?  $

The data is pretty startling – China has a debt load that is 251% of its GDP. Given that the US is in a state of panic over its debt…

Sobering Chart from the CBO on the Federal Deficit $

Sobering Chart from the CBO on the Federal Deficit  $

They call it “debt owed by the public”, essentially it is Federal debt and deficits that you and I owe to put the government back on track. The Congressional Budget…

Existing Home Sales Jump in June

Existing Home Sales Jump in June

Existing home sales, as reported by the National Association of Realtors, jumped 2.6% to a seasonally adjusted rate of 5.04 million in June from 4.91 million in May. This rate…

Frustration Mounts as Euro Gathers Strength $

Frustration Mounts as Euro Gathers Strength $

For all the talk of trying to stimulate the European economy the ECB has been singularly uninterested in the strategies that have been pursued by the Federal Reserve. There has…

Small Business Optimism Slips $

Small Business Optimism Slips  $

The National Federation of Independent Business released its June Optimism Index today and we saw it slip a bit from May figures. Small businesses showed that 6 of 10 categories…

Israel Calls Up 40,000 Reservists – Air Strikes to Continue

Israel Calls Up 40,000 Reservists – Air Strikes to Continue

Israeli officials have now said that they will “put an end to Hamas once and for all” in retribution for a series of killings and daily missile barrages that hit…

What Does it All Mean? $

What Does it All Mean?  $

We have yet another Fed meeting to digest and as with most of the others there is a little something for everyone. The tapering process goes on at its relatively…

An Alternative to the Gas Tax You Should Know About $

An Alternative to the Gas Tax You Should Know About  $

There is a proposal on the table in Washington to increase the national gas tax by .12 cents a gallon to help fund the National Highway Fund (which is almost…

The Arrival of the Fed’s New Guard $

The Arrival of the Fed’s New Guard  $

Not that this is really much of a shock by this time…but the world has had a chance to react to the arrival of the new Fed members. Much has…

What Will it Take to Untrack the Consumer? $

What Will it Take to Untrack the Consumer?   $

  By now there has been plenty of time to listen to the hand wringing about the latest retail numbers. They were a disappointment but not catastrophic. This makes their…

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