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The Doodlebug War

The Doodlebug War

This weekend, as the American election looms and the market “fear index” has spiked, I’m going to write about two thrillers, one fiction, the other (Lucifer’s Banker) less apocalyptic but unfortunately real. Andrew Updegrove is back with his third Frank […]

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Uncertainty: A Love-Hate Relationship

An often over-quoted saying is “The stock market hates uncertainty.” However, the wealthiest investor of all-time has a different perspective about uncertainty: “The future is never clear. You pay a very high price in the stock market for a cheery […]

The comic features features Fed Chair Janet Yellen as a contestant on the game show "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire". The audience behind Yellen, which includes former Fed chief Ben Bernanke, are throwing tomatoes at her.

Caption for the comic: "After disappointing markets last week, will Yellen make it up to them later this year?"

The Federal Reserve's decision last week not to raise interest rates disappointed most market players who were expecting the central bank to hike rates for the first time since 2006. The questions remains whether Yellen and the Fed will make it up to them at some point later this year, or will they delay the move to early 2016. The central bank has two more scheduled policy meetings before the end of 2015, in late October and mid-December.

The Fed’s Disastrous Gift

Did Yellen just get the green light for an interest-rate hike in December? The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Friday that October saw the addition of 161,000 jobs, while the unemployment rate dipped to 4.9%. At the same time, […]

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Verizon, Bait and Switch Is NOT Nice

EconMatters is a financial and investing site, but we do occasionally write about improper practices we observed or experienced in Corporate America, the job market, or in a regular consumer business like Favor Delivery, Comcast Cable (Nasdaq: CMCSA), or Fandango. In doing so, we also received […]