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  • Richmond Fed President Lacker says he was involved with Medley leak, announces immediate resignation

    04/04/2017 12:05:27 PM PDT · by Mechanicos · 20 replies
    CNBC ^ | April 4 2017 | Jeff Cox
    Richmond Fed President Lacker says he was involved with Medley leak, announces immediate resignation Richmond Federal Reserve President Jeffrey Lacker announced his immediate resignation Tuesday, admitting that he discussed sensitive information with an analyst regarding the Fed's plans for economic stimulus.
  • Trump's budget could plunge nation's capital into recession

    04/01/2017 5:29:23 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 138 replies
    While many of the targeted federal agencies have offices outside Washington, Trump's dream budget would hit the region disproportionately, with tens of thousands of jobs at risk. The cuts would be felt throughout the city, with fewer people riding the already-beleaguered Metro subway or eating at restaurants. It would also hurt Washington's already-shaky market for office space. Economist Stephen Fuller of George Mason University, who has studied the regional economy for decades, estimated 20,000-24,000 federal employees and 10,000 federal contractors would lose their jobs under Trump's proposal. That equates to 5 percent of federal workers in the region. With those...
  • If We Had Our way: New Year's Resolutions for the New Congress

    01/02/2017 1:41:53 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 10 replies
    The New American ^ | 02 January 2017 | Charles Scaliger
    Now that the dust has settled on the elections, the time has come (or so some of the punditry in the media assure us) to set aside political acrimony and unite under the new leadership of President-elect Donald Trump and the new House and Senate. Although it’s far from clear what President Trump will choose to prioritize, now that he will face the realities of entrenched political interests in Washington instead of his fired-up political base on the hustings, it seems at least possible that he will show much more sympathy for certain constitutionalist and Americanist causes — such as...
  • The Feds Are Being Investigated

    03/28/2017 12:24:47 PM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 32 replies
    Market Watch ^ | March 28, 2017 | Gregg Robb
    In a move that Democrats in the committee fought very hard to resist, a house panel has approved a legislation that will allow a government watchdog audit the federal reserve's spending. Democrats in the committee were firmly against the bill.
  • Fed Increases Fed Funds Rate Twice Since Trump Elected President – Only Once in Obama’s 8 Years

    03/17/2017 9:51:15 AM PDT · by xzins · 59 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 17 Mar 17 | Joe Hoft
    In the past 10 years there have been only three Fed Funds rate increases. Two of those increases have occurred since President Trump won the election on November 8th, 2016. No Fed Funds Rate increases took place between June 2006 and December 2015. CNBC reported in December 2015 that President Obama oversaw “seven years of the most accommodative monetary policy in U.S. history” (from the Fed). Finally, in December 2015 after the Fed announced its first increase in the Fed Funds rate during the Obama Presidency, it was reported that: Given the economic outlook, and recognizing the time it takes...
  • Fed rate hikes + low growth = recession, says stock-market strategist

    03/16/2017 3:14:18 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 18 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 15 Mar 17 | Marc Decambre
    Some fear rate hikes could tip the economy into a recession. The Federal Reserve on Wednesday lifted benchmark interest rates for only the third time in about a decade, and that has caused trepidation among some market participants. Lance Roberts, chief investment strategist at Clarity Financial, makes the case in one chart that raising interest rates off ultralow levels during a period of tepid economic growth coincides with recessions in the following three to nine months (see chart below, which compares real, inflation-adjusted, GDP to Fed interest rate levels). The Fed lifted key rates by a quarter-point Wednesday to a...
  • How The Federal Reserve Is Setting Up Trump For A Recession

    03/15/2017 2:57:09 PM PDT · by HomerBohn · 53 replies
    Investing ^ | 3/14/2017 | Michael Snyder
    Most Americans do not understand this, but the truth is that the Federal Reserve has far more power over the U.S. economy than anyone else does, and that includes Donald Trump. Politicians tend to get the credit or the blame for how the economy is performing, but in reality it is an unelected, unaccountable panel of central bankers that is running the show, and until something is done about the Fed our long-term economic problems will never be fixed. For an extended analysis of this point, please see this article. In this piece, I am going to explain why the...
  • Atlanta Fed Slashes Q1 GDP Forecast To Just 0.9% Hours Before Fed Rate Hike -

    03/15/2017 5:18:31 PM PDT · by PK1991 · 23 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 3/15/17 | Tyler Durden
    "While it may not be the very definition of irony, we do find the fact that the Atlanta Fed has just cut its Q1 GDP forecast from 1.2% to 0.9%, a number which if confirmed would be the lowest quarterly print in year, just two hours before the Fed's rate hike quite humorous. As a reminder, the number was as high as 3.4% one and a half months ago."
  • Fed raises rates, sees two more hikes this year

    03/15/2017 11:42:40 AM PDT · by John W · 17 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | March 15, 2017 | Justine Underhill
    For the first time this year, the Federal Reserve raised interest rates, a widely expected move following strengthening economic reports and signals from Fed officials. After its two-day policy meeting, the Federal Open Market Committee voted to raise the range of the federal funds rate to 0.75% and 1.00%, citing progress in labor market growth, business fixed investment and inflation. “In view of realized and expected labor market conditions and inflation, the Committee decided to raise…the fed funds rate,” the central bank wrote in its statement. One member of the committee, Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari, voted against the decision,...
  • Stocks hold gains after Fed raises rates, as expected

    03/15/2017 11:07:48 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 32 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 3/15/17 | [CNBC] Evelyn Cheng
    U.S. stocks traded higher Wednesday, helped by a bounce in oil prices, after the Fed raised interest rates, as expected. Shorter-end Treasury yields came off session highs. The 2-year yield (U.S.:US2Y) fell to 1.33 percent after earlier hitting a high of 1.401 percent, its highest since June 11, 2009. The 10-year yield (U.S.:US10Y) traded around 2.58 percent as of 2:01 p.m.
  • Former Obama Housing Official Raphael Bostic to Lead Atlanta Fed

    03/13/2017 3:39:04 PM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 11 replies
    Wall Street Journal. ^ | 3/13/17 | Kate Davidson & Michael S. Derby
    Raphael Bostic, a former Obama administration housing official, was named president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, becoming the first African-American selected to lead one of the 12 regional Fed banks in the institution’s century of existence. Mr. Bostic, a 50-year-old professor of public policy at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, will take over June 5, the Atlanta Fed said Monday. He succeeds Dennis Lockhart, who retired at the end of February after a decade of service, and his appointment was approved by the Atlanta Fed’s board of directors and the Fed board of governors, the...
  • Are Central Banks Losing Control?

    03/10/2017 8:56:55 AM PST · by Lorianne · 8 replies
    Of Two Minds ^ | 08 March 2017 | Charles Hugh Smith
    Eight years after the crisis of 2008-09, central banks are still injecting $200 billion a month into the global financial system to keep it from imploding. If you want a central banker to choke on his croissant, read him this quote from socio-historian Immanuel Wallerstein: "Countries (have lost the ability) to control what happens to them in the ongoing life of the modern world-system." Stated another way, Wallerstein is asking: what do central banks no longer control? The quote is from Wallerstein's recent meditation on China: China is Confident: How Realistic? "The question is how realistic is this self-assessment of...
  • More Unbelievable Facts From The US Government's Own Financial Reports: Fails Its Own Audit Again

    02/08/2017 1:42:42 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 02/08/2017 | Simon Black via SovereignMan.com
    Yesterday I told you that the US government had recently released its annual financial report to the public.And the numbers are pretty gruesome.For example, the government’s “net loss” in fiscal year 2016 more than doubled, from MINUS $467 billion to MINUS $1 trillion.It’s astonishing that anyone could manage to lose so much money, let alone in a year where devoid of major wars, recessions, financial crises, or infrastructure projects.But what else can we expect from an institution that spent billions of dollars to build a website?Today I wanted to highlight a few other items from the government’s report that are...
  • Federal Officials Launch Investigation Into Obama’s DHS’s Hack Of The State Of Georgia!

    02/04/2017 5:58:41 AM PST · by davikkm · 12 replies
    IWB ^ | Pamela Williams
    You might remember the story of Obama’s DHS hacking the State of Georgia around the time of the 2016 Election. I was highly interested in the story, but the only explanation that was revealed by Jeh Johnson was a strange one of a “copy and paste” mistake by a lowly DHS worker. It did not make sense, so I did not report on it. However, it has just been revealed to be more of a story now; in fact, it could be a pretty big one for Obama and Jeh Johnson. Title 18 of the federal code makes it a...
  • Christian Charities Profit from $1 Billion Fed Program to Resettle Refugees, 40 Percent Muslim

    01/31/2017 6:15:33 AM PST · by davikkm · 40 replies
    Though they are officially “non-profit” organizations, Catholic Charities, Lutheran Social Services, and several other Christian organizations are profiting from lucrative contracts with the federal government to resettle refugees in the United States. Of the 100,000 refugees resettled in the United States in 2014 under the Refugee Resettlement program, an estimated 40 percent were Muslims. In FY 2015, the State Department, through the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration and the Office of Refugee Resettlement, spent more than $1 billion on these programs, which settled international refugees “vetted” by the United Nations High Commission on International Refugees in all 50 states...
  • The Fed Declares War on Trump, Still Report #1454

    01/28/2017 4:36:41 PM PST · by Right-wing Librarian · 40 replies
    Youtube ^ | January 26, 2017 | Bill Still
    "If Hillary Clinton would have won the election, then the Fed would have continued with more moderate interest rate hikes – or none at all – as they did for President Obama. So let’s get this straight – when the Fed raises interest rates it is to worsen the U.S. economy. Why? When interest rates go up, what happens? There is less borrowing. So what do you suppose happens to the total amount of money in the U.S. economy when there is less borrowing? There is less money. And that’s how the Fed justifies it.
  • Reuters: Largest 10 'Sanctuary Cities' May Lose $2.27 Billion in Federal Funding

    01/27/2017 7:23:48 AM PST · by davikkm · 47 replies
    The ten most populous cities where local leaders shield illegal immigrants from federal law could lose $2.27 billion in federal funds, a Reuters analysis has found. New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and other large cities could lose federal funding for housing, education, airport improvements, HIV treatment, and more. “The [funding] numbers do not include federal money for law enforcement, which was excluded in the executive order, and programs like Medicaid, which are administered by state governments,” Reuters states.
  • Let's Correct A Very Big Wrong In 2010 Financial Reform

    01/19/2017 2:44:21 AM PST · by expat_panama · 1 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | JAN 18, 2017 5:44 PM ET | ROBERT J. SAMUELSON
    <p>Tax "reform," starting with taxes on business, seems to be on everyone's agenda, and it may be a place where the incoming Trump administration and its Democratic critics find common ground. But it's still going to be a slog, and one reason is so-called "pass-through" businesses whose taxes are levied at personal income tax rates.</p>
  • The Illusions Driving Up US Asset Prices

    01/19/2017 2:40:49 AM PST · by expat_panama · 5 replies
    project-syndicate ^ | JAN 18, 2017 | Robert J. Shiller
    NEW HAVEN – Speculative markets have always been vulnerable to illusion. But seeing the folly in markets provides no clear advantage in forecasting outcomes, because changes in the force of the illusion are difficult to predict. In the United States, two illusions have been important recently in financial markets. One is the carefully nurtured perception that President-elect Donald Trump is a business genius who can apply his deal-making skills to make America great again. The other is a naturally occurring illusion: the proximity of Dow 20,000. The Dow Jones Industrial Average has been above 19,000 since November, and countless news...
  • America's growth outlook depends on which President Trump we get

    01/19/2017 2:39:41 AM PST · by expat_panama · 7 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | January 18, 2017 | Alexis Christoforous
    Donald Trump hasn’t moved into the White House yet, but the president-elect is already influencing the outlook for global economic growth. This week, the International Monetary Fund raised its US economic growth forecast by half a percent for 2017 and 2018, as a result of Trump’s planned tax cuts, infrastructure spending and regulatory reform. The IMF now expects the US economy to grow 2.3% this year and 2.5% next year. But Paul Sheard, chief economist at S&P Global, says the outlook for economic growth is largely dependent on which Donald Trump we get in the White House. Sheard believes there...