Earlier this year the Dow Jones Industrial Average breached 17,000 for the first time in its long history. We decided to take a look at previous major benchmarks in the growth of the Dow over the years and highlighted what was going on in the markets—and the world.
The Federal Reserve seems to want to ignore the potential global fall-out as they start on a path of raising interest rates while the rest of the globe seems to be slipping back into the economic abyss.
When Dr. Alan Greenspan became chairman of the Federal Reserve, he moved from the world of rhetorical economics to the world of action. His most recent memoir attempts to make sense of how the financial crisis of 2008 came to be and how we can better predict future crises, along with the role of gold in a global monetary system.
While many of the consequences of stimulating economic growth through currency devaluation and cuts in interest rates are known and intended, some are not. In the case of Japan’s lost decade, for example, a depressed currency and low interest rates led to carry trading.
"We have gone in and taken the assets away from the competent people, given them to the incompetent people and said to the incompetent people, now you compete with the competent people with their money. It’s absurd.”
Most of the confusion over Federal Reserve monetary policy over the last year and a half has been due to so called experts defending their mistaken analysis rather than confusing cross signals from the Fed.