Layoffs in a growing economy: Good or bad?

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If you believe the press and the Fed, the unemployment rate is an important barometer of our country’s economic “health,” as low unemployment is considered a positive sign. It seems natural to think that if more people are producing goods and services, we should be more productive as a nation. But in reality, things are […]

QE4 by a different name?

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The Federal Reserve cleverly announced QE4 (the fourth round of quantitative easing) yesterday without actually calling it that. Over a year ago, the Fed embarked on “Operation Twist,” in which it purchases $45 billion per month in long-term Treasury securities and simultaneously sells $45 billion in short-term securities. By buying long-term bonds, the Fed puts […]