Economic Measures Inflation

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    With the stage set for a historic showdown over landmark health legislation in the House, the White House and Democratic Congressional leaders winnowed their hunt for votes to a slim list of lawmakers....and acknowledged that the margin of victory would likely be razor thin even under their most optimistic scenario.

  • American healthcare reform

    That President Obama has come within a whisper of passing historic social legislation is remarkable in itself. But the story of how he did it is not his alone.

  • American healthcare reform

    President Obama and House Democratic leaders worked furiously on Saturday to secure the votes needed to pass landmark health care legislation, with the outcome hinging on their effort to placate a small group of lawmakers who want the bill to include tighter limits on insurance coverage for abortions.

  • A couple of things have happened over the past 2 years that have transformed the once boring fixed income market into something a bit more interesting.

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    An organization that is supposed to represent the interest of 59,000 Catholic nuns has come out in favor of the Senate version of the health care bill despite language that allows Federal money for abortions. I didn't think there were 59,000 nuns in the world. And I don't need that many to tell me anything.

  • My old pal Jim Cramer and I reunited last night to discuss the impact Obama-Care will have on the stock market and economy if it passes.

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    The Bank of England is not expecting a double dip recession for the global economy despite some risk signals, policy maker Andrew Sentance told CNBC.

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    But here’s what I do know: Obamacare’s worst tax hike is the imposition of a new 3.9 percent Medicare payroll tax on capital gains and other investments.

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    As the rest of the world worries about economic growth, angry complaints from consumers such as these Indian bloggers have turned Asian policymakers’ minds to a different problem: rapidly rising inflation, the Financial Times reported.

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    The Dow rose for a seventh straight day Wednesday as a renewed pledge from the Fed for low rates and a drop in inflation at the producer level helped fuel the market's momentum.

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    Here’s my basic criticism of Bernanke & Co.: The emergency is over, folks. The recession ended last June. An emergency zero interest rate is no longer necessary.

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    The Dow rose for a seventh straight day Wednesday as a renewed pledge from the Fed for low rates and a drop in inflation at the producer level helped fuel the market's momentum.

  • Stock index futures were pointing to a positve St. Patrick's Day market open, as a drop in producer prices confirmed the view that inflation poses little threat to the economy.

  • Sen. Christopher J. Dodd (D-CT) speaks at a news conference following the Senate's cloture vote on health care reform legislation on Capitol Hill.

    Sen. Chris Dodd’s financial-regulation proposal raises the possibility of substantial progress on the road to ending “too big to fail” and bailout nation for banks and other financial institutions.

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    There’s too much liquidity and optimism to be short and not enough fundamental, constructive traction to be long.

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    Torque dictates movement, and there is torque present in the U.S. economy at the moment, with force building toward increases in employment, says bond expert Tony Crescenzi.

  • Janet L. Yellen

    The new Obama Fed is going to be very dovish when it comes to fighting future inflation and defending the value of the dollar.

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    By setting risk retention requirements at each step of the process, the very legislation intended to avoid a housing crisis could drastically reduce liquidity and cripple the ability of the secondary mortgage market to deliver hundreds of billions of dollars of low cost mortgage credit needed each year.

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    American families are $340 billion wealthier according to the Federal Reserve’s latest batch of household-net-worth data...I believe this is contributing not only to a better economy, but also to better consumer spending.

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    The key question facing investors right now — on the anniversary of a record-breaking stock surge, the best in 75 years — is whether we’re headed for a second bull-market year?