Governments’ Influence on Markets

In the 1920’s, very few people would have identified the government as the major player in the markets. Today, very few people would doubt that statement. In this article, we will look at how the government affects the markets and influences business in ways that often have unexpected consequences. Monetary Policy: The Printing Press Of all the […]

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The Impact of a Fed Interest Rate Hike

After its meeting in June 2018, the Federal Reserve decided to hike its federal funds rate target range by a quarter point to 1.75%-2.00%. When interest rates increase, there are real-world effects on the ways that consumers and businesses can access credit to make necessary purchases and plan their finances. This article explores how consumers will pay more for the capital […]

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How the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Works

The U.S. government created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in 2010 under the Dodd-Frank Act as part of its response to the 2008 financial crisis. This new executive agency (the brainchild of then-Harvard law professor, now Senator, Elizabeth Warren) is an independent bureau within the Federal Reserve System. It took over various functions previously performed by […]

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Central Europe and the European Economy

Economic competition confronts Europe with the rest of the world, but first of all European countries with each other. The political dispute over migration quotas has recently crystallized one of the economical tensions that runs across the continent: some comparative advantages of Central Europe vis-à-vis Western Europe and the relevance of the distribution of European Structural Funds. […]

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EU Economy Grows at Its Fastest Pace in a Decade

Europe has spent the past decade trying to reboot its economy after the global financial crisis and European sovereign debt crisis wreaked havoc on the continent. Aside from causing extended instability in the region, the economic downturn exacerbated disparities across the European Union, especially between the far south and the stronger northern economies. “The double […]

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