Finance News & Insights

Ask the Economist: What drives the Dollar? Part II

Last week, we identified the biggest reason why the dollar gained and lost value, this week we outline four additional reasons. [Read more…]

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Ask the Economist: What drives the value of the dollar?

In one word: policy. What we do determines the value of our currency more than anything else. [Read more…]

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Ask the Economist: Is the Fed going to cut rates next week?

Yes, it’ll cut the “official” target. But it hardly matters. Very much under the radar, it’s already cut them as low as it dares. [Read more…]

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Ask the Economist: Is inflation or deflation the bigger threat?

Two people asked the same question this week. It’s not an easy one to answer. [Read more…]

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Ask the Economist: Are my taxes going up?

President-elect Obama all but promised higher taxes on the rich and letting various Bush tax cuts expire while in campaign mode, but with the recession hitting full stride, he’s backtracked on the timing of any tax hike. [Read more…]

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Ask the Economist: Should we bail out Detroit?

The financial and airline sectors got a bailout. Defaulting homeowners and other companies are in line. How about GM, Ford and Chrysler? [Read more…]

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Ask the Economist: Which industries should recover first?

Before I answer that question, I’d like to hear the official announcement that we’re in a recession. [Read more…]

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Ask the Economist: Why isn't our bank lending?

It’s because banks are caught in a squeeze. They have limited resources and few good options for raising more. [Read more…]

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Ask the Economist: What impact will the cuts have?

Well, evidently the first impact was to add nearly 1,000 points to the Dow Jones. [Read more…]

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Ask the Economist: Our 401(k) crashed, what do I tell the employees?

Tell them to hang on tight. [Read more…]

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