Both corporate and public pensions remain short of having enough money to pay out what they've promised, despite recent asset increases.» Read More
Let's say you incline toward the Ron Paul position on the Federal Reserve —that it, and other central banks across the world, require the kind of cleansing that can only be achieved through statutory abolition .
But, despite your instinctive distrust of paper currency, you believe it's possible that there may be a gold bubble (Though the article cited is from last month, the spot price of gold right now is at almost exactly its November high. But perhaps that's just a coincidence.)
So what are you to do in you search for greener?
Well, for one thing, you could search for the Next Big Asset Bubble—and get in on the ground floor. Bubbles are only bad—for you, at least—if you don't get out before they pop.
Never mind that most people don't get out before the bubbles burst—which is nearly, by definition, the nature of a price crash.
The federal government has had to halt production of new high-tech $100 bills due to a significant flaw in the production process. At the height of the problem, as much as 30 percent of the new bills were flawed.
The bills, which are the first $100 bills to be signed by Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, total $110 billion—or more than 10 percent of the supply of US currency.
You can insert your own joke about the Fed, government printing presses and hyper-inflation here. For now the bills are being quarantined in huge vaults in Fort Worth and Washington, DC while the government attempts to sort out the flawed bills from the usable bills.
Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Monday that federal authorities have charged more than 500 people as a result of what they are calling “Operation Broken Trust,” a nationwide crackdown on investment fraud.
The operation has resulted in criminal charges against 343 people, involving more than $8.3 billion in estimated losses from fraud. An additional 189 people have been charged in civil cases involving estimated losses of more than $2.1 billion.
The government claims that more than 120,000 people were harmed by the fraud.
"Operation Broken Trust was organized in August by the Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force, an interagency body set up in November 2009 by President Obama.
A senior government official widely believed to be in line to become China's next prime minister describes Chinese economic figures as "man-made" and "therefore unreliable," according to a cable released by WikiLeaks.
The 55-year-old Li Keqiang, currently the country's executive vice premier with responsibility for macro-economic management, related his skepticism about China's official GDP numbers in a private conversation with the US ambassador back in 2007.
The banking arm of the Swiss Post Office has cut its ties with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, declaring that he gave false information regarding his place of residence when he opened the account.
WikiLeaks has promoted the account with PostFinance bank as a way to "donate directly to the Julian Assange and other WikiLeaks Staff Defence Fund.”
Earlier today, it seemed as if PostFinance was merely at an early stage of investigating Assange’s ccount.
"We have to find out if Julian Assange really does live in Geneva. In the process of checking we did not find his name in Geneva," PostFinance spokesman Marc Andrey told the news service AFP , confirming a report in the NZZ am Sonntag newspaper.
A sweeping operation against stock market manipulation and Ponzi schemes that involves more than 300 criminal defendants will be announced by the Justice Department today, according to a Bloomberg report citing an anonymous "U.S. law enforcement official."
The operation began in August, according to Bloomberg. In addition to the 300 criminal defendants, there will be 180 civil defendants.
There is only one difference between a bad economist and a good one: the bad economist confines himself to the visible effect; the good economist takes into account both the effect that can be seen and those effects that must be foreseen. The bad economist pursues a small present good that will be followed by a great evil to come, while the good economist pursues a great good to come, at the risk of a small present evil.
On Friday, the Obama administration announced that it had reached a free trade deal with the South Korean government in Seoul. Trade organizations for both the automakers and meat growers chimed in with support for the pact. But Senator Max Baucus, the Montana Democrat, has said he is "deeply disappointed" with the agreement. It's not clear whether Baucus will attempt to block the treaty from being approved in the Senate.
I decided to speak with Terry McGraw, Chairman and CEO of McGraw-Hill Companies . McGraw is a strong advocate of free trade. He is chairman of the Emergency Committee for American Trade (ECAT), chairman of the U.S.-India Business Council, chairman of the United States Council for International Business, as well as a member of the U.S. Trade Representative’s Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations (ACTPN).
McGraw was in Korea for the G-20 Business Summit. He also spread the message of the importance of opening the markets while he was in India with President Obama last month. I started the discussion on what impact this agreement will have on the U.S. economy.
The mystery of where in Europe Steve Schwarzman is going has been solved.
He's headed to Paris.
Last week, Reuters reporter Megan Davies revealed that the chief executive and co-founder of private-equity powerhouse Blackstone Group was decamping from the United States in favor of residence in Europe.
On Saturday Davies learned that Schwarzman is headed to Paris.
Banks Contemplate Moving up Bonuses Due to Possible Tax Hikes (CNBC) "Congress is debating tax rates, and that has Wall Street nervously eyeing the calendar. Worried that lawmakers will allow taxes to rise for the wealthiest Americans beginning next year, financial firms are discussing whether to move up their bonus payouts from next year to this month." As Bush-era tax cuts are about to expire, many of the big banks are reviewing their options and holding discussions with pay consultants. Goldman Sachs is rumored to be among those considering such plans, and is considered to be something of a bellwether."
A disappointing jobs report on Friday morning alone will not make the Federal Reserve wait to raise interest rates, BofA's Michelle Meyer tells CNBC.
Patrick McCormack's Tiger Consumer Management is shutting down at the end of March.
Pensions remain short of having enough money to pay out what they've promised, despite recent asset increases.