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Student Loan Dilemma
17:46:21 - 03/03/2014
The amount of student loans taken out in the past decade has increased significantly. Though, the issues are that these loans that are being taken out are not being used for education purposes. The loans are being taken out with little intention of actually getting a degree. People that are being caught in this weak economies unemployment market are enrolling in community colleges and taking out loans to pay for their rent, cover their bills and to enjoy a leisure activity or two.
U.S. Economy Expands at Slow Pace
14:58:02 - 02/28/2014
The U.S. economy expanded at a slower pace than initially estimated in the fourth quarter last year. This slowdown came at the expense of the Federal Reserve announcing spending cuts, bad weather and volatility in over seas economies. Gross domestic product grew at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 2.4% in the fourth quarter, down form the initial reading of 3.2%.
Future Outlook on Fed Tapering
10:01:33 - 02/27/2014
The Federal Reserve has now made their second cut back on their stimulus plan. Currently, the Feds are 2/2 on cutbacks for the two months that have passed since this tapering commenced at the beginning of 2014. Just because the Feds have tapered the first two months of the year does not necessarily mean they will continue cutbacks without missing a month. There are key signs that the Feds are looking for and those signs are extremely important for investors to recognize.
Hong Kong Eyes Growth from Fed Tapers
13:15:29 - 02/26/2014
Hong Kong’s economy is set to expand at the fastest pace in three years. This expansion comes at a very interesting moment, as the Federal Reserve slows down their bond-tapering program. Growth could easily be in-between 3-4 percent, which would be up a total of 1 percent from last year. This is interesting, as many economists would expect the winding back of U.S. monetary stimulus would add to the risk of volatility in capital flow.
Americans Aren’t Saving
09:59:12 - 02/25/2014
Nearly one in three American’s are not saving any money! This is truly an astonishing statistic as fewer U.S. households are stashing away cash today during this economic recovery. “Currently 68% of all Americans are spending less than they earn and saving the difference.
Home Sales Hit Low
12:57:25 - 02/24/2014
Home sales fell in January to their lowest level in 18 months as higher prices and mortgage rates squeezed buyers who continue to face shortages of properties for sale. Friday’s report showed that the housing market is struggling to shift gears.
Feds Failure to See a Crisis
13:05:10 - 02/21/2014
Just shortly after the Feds decided to let Lehman Brothers collapse in September 2008 and right before a wave of new support programs were going to be released for the economy, the Feds failed to see just how ugly the situation really was. The policy efforts that the government put forward at first completely underestimated what the Feds thought of the crisis. The Federal Reserve had no idea of what was about to hit the economy.
Rate Increase Not Out Of Question
11:02:23 - 02/20/2014
The Federal Reserve policy makers have adjusted their year-old commitment in considering raising interest rates when unemployment falls below 6.5 percent. The joblessness is falling at a much faster pace than expected. Other labor-market indicators show weakness, policy makers agreed it would “soon be appropriate” to revise their guidance about how long the era of record-low interest rates will remain, according to the minutes that were released about the Feds January meeting.
China Cuts Treasury Holdings
13:41:59 - 02/19/2014
China, the largest foreign U.S. creditor, reduced holdings of its U.S. Treasury debt in December. This cut in Treasury debt was the largest by the most in two years as the Feds announced that they would be slowing down their asset purchasing. By doing this China has reduced its optimism in the United States economy. One would expect that such an action would decrease confidence from foreign investors in general but that did not seem to be the case here.
Debate on Stimulus
08:24:48 - 02/18/2014
Five years later the debate on the 2009 stimulus plan is still under way. Democrats and Republicans used the fifth anniversary of the stimulus plan as an opportunity to revive the debate of whether the $800 billion, sparked job growth and helped ease the country out of recession, or simply worsened the nation’s debt load. The debate has caused issues over the past five years and has caused more recently.
Bank of England Growth and Hazards
11:32:16 - 02/13/2014
The Bank of England forecast the U.K. will be one of the fast growing economies this year. Though, the BOE is also stressing that the quality of the recovery needs to improve if this is actually going to last. Currently, economists feel that the recovery in England is neither balanced nor stable.
Tapering to Continue
12:53:35 - 02/12/2014
The Federal Reserve will continue to wind down one of its highest-profile easy money programs unless the economy takes a serious downturn. This was what Janet Yellen said in her inaugural public appearance since becoming the Federal Reserve’s chairwoman.
Yellen Say Labor Market Recovery far from Complete
10:32:42 - 02/11/2014
The Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen said that much more work is needed to restore the labor market to health. Mrs. Yellen also said that she pledges to maintain Ben Bernanke’s stimulus tapering policies in appropriately measured steps. The growth of the labor market has picked up, but Mrs. Yellen understands that it is still very far from complete.
EU’s Debt Addiction
10:01:45 - 02/10/2014
In EU rules, banks can rate all debt issued by the bloc’s 28 national governments as risk-free. This allows any increases in the EU’s capital requirements to be avoided. This essentially encourages investors, as lenders borrow at low cost from the European Central Bank and push the money into state debt that offers higher returns. As we can see the European Union has developed a serious lending addiction that could jeopardize the entire recovery.
European Central Bank New Stimulus
20:35:17 - 02/09/2014
European Central Bank President Mario Draghi put the entire Eurozone on alert for possible interest rate cuts and for additional stimulus measures as early as March. This announcement comes even after the bank opted to keep its monetary policies unchanged for the time being.

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