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Black Gold

Why are gas prices so high? One thing Americans share in common is the love for the open road. Whatever the mode of transportation, Americans love to go places. But, one look at the current … read more Black Gold

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Shrinkflation

Abra Cadabra, Shrinkflation! By now we should all know what inflation is. When our government “prints” a bunch of money, you can’t expect prices to remain the same. The price of everything goes up. But … read more Shrinkflation

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Nominal vs Real Yield

What is the difference between nominal and real interest? Black= Nominal, Red =Inflation rate, Blue = real yield For the past four decades, inflation has been subdued and there hasn’t been much of a reason … read more Nominal vs Real Yield

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The Foxy Fed

Assets, Liabilities, and Personal Finance. US Inflation Rate In polite circles, it often isn’t considered proper to talk about money. In some ways, it’s too bad, because basic knowledge of how money and credit works … read more The Foxy Fed

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If Only

If Only I Had Bought and Held…. If only. If I’ve heard those two words once, I’ve heard them a thousand times. If only I had bought position X instead of Y, I would have … read more If Only

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The Fox and The Henhouse

Why Are Prices Rising? “What we are seeing is the old ploy by the robber who starts shouting ‘Stop, thief!’ And runs down the street pointing ahead at others.” The late economist, Murray Rothbard “Inflation … read more The Fox and The Henhouse

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Boom!

As we plow through earnings season, results are beating expectations by a country mile. Not only are companies reporting huge numbers, but estimates for the third and fourth quarter are rapidly rising. So far, earnings … read more Boom!

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Bonds vs Interest

Bonds Are An IOU Do you hear the word bonds on the news and have no idea what they are talking about? Let’s unwrap them and give ourselves a good basic understanding. A bond is … read more Bonds vs Interest

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Steeped in Interest

The Fed Accelerates Like all living things, the economy moves to a cycle. Your heart beats to a cycle, weather has a cycle, even the tone of the sound of the keyboard clacking has a … read more Steeped in Interest

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The Rise of the Index Fund

Not for Nothing The US stock market has been in a relentless bull market. We’ve covered in depth one of the reasons—the monetary tsunami that is the Federal Reserve. But it is fair to say … read more The Rise of the Index Fund