Economy

Japan to Begin Massive Investments in U.S. Infrastructure Projects

While campaigning, Donald Trump stated that improving the nation’s infrastructure was one of his priorities. For example, in August 2016, The New York Times reported that Trump said that he wanted infrastructure spending of at least twice the amount proposed by Hillary Clinton. Trump feels that improvements in infrastructure will boost economic stimulation while providing

Reasons for hope: The Economy is Finally Poised for Serious Growth

The election of Donald Trump sparked a deluge of drama that began long before he was inaugurated and continues through today. Media reports have been filled with debates over Trump’s candidates for cabinet posts, allegations that Russia hacked the election, questions about the Trump family’s business dealings and the new president’s phone calls with foreign

Like it or Not, Trump Holds True to His Word on Economic Policies

During a presidential campaign, candidates make dozens or even hundreds of promises. In recent years, the American people have become increasingly cynical about campaign promises; no president in recent history has kept ever promise made during the election cycle. However, thus far, President Trump has demonstrated that he plans to remain true to his word

Trump’s Economic Policies Could Crash Markets, Economist Warns

When Donald Trump won the presidential election, most analysts were stunned. It seems that virtually no one expected Trump to actually take the election away from Hillary Clinton; she was ahead in the polls throughout most of the campaign cycle. Trump’s victory left Wall Street almost giddy as investors responded to his campaign promises of

Loan Growth Slides Precipitously in Commercial Banking

Conflicting indicators characterize the banking industry’s prospects in the immediate future. Although consumer lending and volume of personal loans recently increased in the fourth quarter of 2016 based on the rise of marketplace lending, there’s been an abrupt decline in commercial lending. Many analysts believe that a healthy commercial loan industry is critical to global

American Student Loan Debt Increasing to Catastrophic Proportions

In recent decades, the idea became prevalent that a college degree was the only way to guarantee a good job, financial security and the ability to participate in all of the aspects of the American dream, including home ownership. During the same period, skyrocketing tuition costs made it extremely difficult for students to pay for

Online Lenders Distance Themselves from Cash Advance Loans

With federal regulators turning a Sauron-like eye toward lending practices, the industry is considering a popular Washington maneuver, which is to show lawmakers that it can regulate itself without the government stepping in. To this end, online lenders are distancing themselves from cash advance loans. Taking a Step Back from Cash Advance Loans Online lenders

The Economy’s Get Out of Jail Free Card – The Chicago Plan, Revisited

Ask any college student which freshman-level subject requires the most study and generates the biggest headaches, and he or she will usually say economics. What should be simple in practice–the exchange of goods and services–generates complexities and bizarre concepts and conventions that quickly convince students that they’re not in Kansas high school anymore. The International

China the Epicenter of a New Global Banking Crisis, BIS Warns

The Bank for International Settlements, or BIS, warns that China’s banking policies are likely to generate a new international banking crisis within the next three years. The BIS, which is the world’s largest bank, issued the warning despite finding that no immediate threat is likely according to a Reuters.com report. The risks are intensified by

Central Bankers Trapped in a Mess of Their Own Making

In conjunction with their respective governments, central banks have been manipulating economies for decades. Central bankers have sought to control interest rates, inflation and credit through their policies. Their efforts have impacted the stock market, job creation, home construction and many more aspects of the economy. However, in recent years, central bankers have manipulated themselves

The Market Calm Before the Storm

Wall Street has been remarkably quiet in recent weeks, which is especially surprising considering the turbulence that occurred just a few months ago. CNN reported on August 10 that the VIX volatility index had recently dropped below 11.4, reaching its lowest level since 2014. The index, which has rarely reached single digits, was sitting at

7 Reasons Why Brexit Didn’t Destroy the World After All

Forecasts of doom, financial collapse and political upheaval have been common since the unexpected British vote to leave the European Union, which is commonly called Brexit. However, the imminent collapse of Britain’s economy that was predicted now seems unlikely according to a Spectator.co.uk report. The analysis shows that there were fewer job losses than expected

Unemployment Crisis Grips Millennials Worldwide

The International Labour Organisation recently brought attention to a major global problem: unemployment among young people. According to a report at Economist.com, the global unemployment rate has risen among 15- to 24-year-olds in 2016 to 13.1 percent, which is near the peak that it reached in 2013. In Arab countries, the unemployment rate for this

Bank of Japan Prepares to Unleash Unprecedented Stimulus

Japan’s economy, which is reeling from decades of poor production, high national debt and Chinese competition, has developed severe weakness recently that put the nation’s central bank and its citizens in severe jeopardy according to a Bloomberg.com article. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has considered stimulus packages, helicopter money, new technologies and other economic fixes,

Is the Stock Market About to Wipe Out (Again)?

Is the Stock Market About to Wipe Out (Again)? Despite weak economic indicators, stocks have continued to appreciate in the current bull market for the past seven years, which leads many analysts to conclude that stocks are now overvalued and likely to crash according to a 247wallst.com report. The analysis points out these persuasive arguments:

Bubble, Bonds, Boils and Troubles

The world’s central banks face increasing problems when it comes to planning fiscal policies in today’s climate of financial uncertainties, lower gross domestic production levels, or GDPs, and artificially high bubbles that seem to be artificially upholding inflated stock values. Bubble Finance has Gone to New Extremes Davidstockmanscontracorner.com recently published a report that examines these

There’s Just No Stopping the Chinese Debt Juggernaut

In the financial world, several notable investors have recently expressed concern about China’s growing debt. Famous investor George Soros reported that the country’s situation bears an uncanny resemblance to the conditions that were present in the United States prior to the 2008 financial crisis. He said, “It’s similarly fueled by credit growth and an eventually