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Deflation: Yesterday’s Worry?

Submitted by Nicholas Atkeson and Andrew Houghton on Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 9:00am

Investors are worried about deflation, a debilitating curse that has dogged Japan for years and savaged the U.S. during the Great Depression. But they shouldn’t be. Today’s falling prices are far more likely to set the stage for inflation ahead, likely gentle.

Hunting Oil Patch Bargains

Submitted by Lewis J. Walker on Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 9:00am

Now is a great time to pick up suddenly cheap oil-related assets. With the rapid decline in oil prices from a peak of around $110 a barrel to recent lows below $50, a scramble has ensued to pick up bargains in the oil patch.

Why the Bull Market Is Toast

Submitted by David Gratke on Friday, February 20, 2015 - 9:00am

The market is off to a shaky start this year, and wobbly overseas economies get much of the blame. Will the downturn continue, and the six-year-old bull market expire? Yes. Too-high valuations and falling investor risk appetite signal that.

The United States of Europe

Submitted by Brenda Wenning on Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 9:00am

The U.S. has imitated Europe for years, boosting government spending and racking up debt, creating a health-care system that doesn’t work and adding costly new social benefits. Now it’s Europe’s turn to imitate the U.S. in profligacy.

Dollar’s Rise: a Good Sign

Submitted by Lewis J. Walker on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 9:00am

The dollar serves as an excellent prognosticator for the U.S. economy. Its remarkable strengthening lately serves as very positive signal. With the help of low interest rates and an improving economy, the dollar’s dominance should continue for a good while.

Affording Retirement Travel

Submitted by Harold Wong on Friday, January 30, 2015 - 12:00pm

If you’re like most people who think about retirement, you probably imagine traveling in your golden years. Before you browse Acapulco websites and whip out the credit card to buy your ticket, make sure your finances can handle your trip.

New Word for Fed’s Delaying

Submitted by Brenda Wenning on Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 9:00am

There’s a new word in the Federal Reserve lexicon to describe how long the Fed will take to start raising interest rates – “patient.” What’s the difference between this and its predecessor phrase describing the Fed’s willingness to wait? Hard to say. This one sounds like yet another rhetorical device to obscure its intentions and buy it flexibility.