Here are some articles I have read recently which I think are important for people to read. I did not write these articles, these are only links to articles written by others.
Shades of the Asian financial crisis of the late 90s as a potential Fed stimulus pullback slams emerging market currencies.
This is a good article about some issues facing the global economy.
This is a very disturbing article. If the Fed pulls back on quantitative easing, what happens to the rest of the world economy?
Here we go again!
Rising interest rates in the U.S. spell trouble for emerging markets, who have started to raise interest rates to protect their currencies despite weakening economic growth.
Stocks plunged today, but so did bonds. It is rare that they fall on the same day, especially so much. This is just a sign of things to come as global QE winds down.
Inflation expectations are falling, giving the Fed some concern about ending its bond buying program.
This is a disturbing article about fraudulent charities. Make sure to do your research before donating to charities.
Markets around the world are hanging on what Bernanke will say next week about its stimulus program. This is a good article about potential impacts of a pullback in stimulus.
Rising mortgage rates are spurring more refinances and getting fence-sitters off the fence, but will the market be able to withstand 5% or 6% mortgage rates in a weak economy?
This is a great article on poverty reduction. The question is can the trend rate of poverty reduction continue? Let's hope so!
The president of the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank says the markets are getting dependent on Fed support. This could be a hint that the party is almost over for stocks.
Here we go again. It is clear that central bankers are not the only ones who have not learned their lesson.
With bond yields at record lows, central banks are trying to boost returns by stepping into the equity market. Now the consequences of a collapse in stocks are even greater.
Few colleges are worth the investment based on lifetime earnings versus costs to attend. Click on the link in the article to find your school!
This is an excellent article explaining why there is no inflation and why gold is suffering.
Bare-bones health plans may be offered by large companies as a way to minimize costs while still adhering to the new health law.
Yet another reason to be cautious, and skeptical, about the soaring stock market. Investors don't seem to care about anything these days. That's very dangerous.
Interesting comparison. Neither of them address rising costs though.
Bond funds are very risky right now because interest rates are at record lows and you can't hold bond funds to maturity. When rates rise, bond funds will suffer big losses.
A good sign for the economy, hopefully it can continue.
The economy added a stronger-than-expected 165K jobs in April, while revisions added 114K to February and March. The unemployment rate also dipped.
The continent has much to offer, if only corruption can be rooted out.
Cost cutting and Fed stimulus continue to drive the market higher, but jobs are scarce due to low demand and improved efficiency. How long can this last?
Even Obama's economic advisor sees hints that uncertainty and concern about healthcare reform are weighing on hiring decisions.
The capitalist merry-go-round continues, as companies move production from China to Vietnam and other countries with even cheaper labor.
Have we reached a point in American economic history where the economy can no longer move forward without the drug of Fed stimulus? Is this a permanent condition?
Stock market at an all-time high despite revenue misses and slowing job growth? Be ready when the music stops!
Weak business investment and a decline in government spending led to slower than expected growth in the first quarter. International trade was also a drag on growth.
As more companies shift more of the cost burden onto employees, healthcare consumption may slow or exhibit a seasonal pattern. It could also affect medical company profits.
The record plunge in gold could be signaling that the economy may be in for a rough ride ahead. Is a recession on the horizon?
About a year ago I suggested that low interest rates and net interest margins would eventually dampen the supply of credit from banks. Looks like I was right.
A decline in prices and industrial production show another soft patch has arrived, which will keep the Fed's bond buying program in full force.
It appears as though many job seekers are facing a new form of discrimination.
There are many factors that could explain the recent plunge in gold prices.
We have got to do something about this!
Healthcare mergers could lead to monopolization of the industry and rationing of services.
Worries are mounting that the global recovery is on shaky ground. China's massive overbuilding may finally be coming home to roost.
Further signs that the payroll tax hike and looming effects of the sequester are weighing on the economy. But the stock market doesn't seem to care.
It's getting really difficult to justify the stock market rally...bordering on ridiculous. Be cautious!
Is Slovenia the next domino to fall?
A stunning report about the truth behind the decline in people on welfare...the surge in people on "disability" insurance!
The sequester started to hit payrolls, while the unemployment rate fell only because of a massive decline in the labor force as folks gave up looking for work.
Small businesses could be forced to offer a single plan to cover all of their employees.
Your personal health condition will no longer affect your premiums. Everyone will pay the same, sick or healthy.
If you receive a subsidy to pay for health insurance and your income is higher than you projected, you'll have to pay back some or all of your subsidy.
Premiums will go up starting in 2014, but so will coverage. However, many may decide they are better off without insurance and simply pay the fine.
Is it any wonder we will probably never be able to reduce the deficit?
This is becoming a growing concern, and could eventually do serious damage to our economy.
This is going to be ugly folks.
If you don't think this is going to be a disaster, you are not paying attention.
In recent days, Greenspan, Bernanke and Buffet have said there is nothing to worry about. That's exactly the sentiment we heard right before the financial crisis hit.
Well what do you know, we continue to find out what's in the ACA. That's what happens when nobody reads the bill before voting on it.
Delayed foreclosures have led to artificially tight inventory, pushing up prices, but that may be about to change.
Stocks are up, but long bonds have not sold off. Somebody is wrong.
Home and auto sales remain strong, but the payroll tax hike hit food services, home furnishings and electronics in January.
Maybe, but economists remain skeptical of the sustainability of the consumer in the face of continued fiscal headwinds.