Politics & Government

Fed Policy is Anyone’s Guess going Forward

The Federal Reserve has gone somewhat off the grid and is becoming increasingly more stealth in regard to monetary policy. The Fed undoubtedly realizes what uncertainty with regard to interest rates can do to both the credit and equity markets. As such, you might want to buckle your seatbelts and hold on for the ride as we head into the ...

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The Landscape has Changed for the Fed’s Rate Path

Over the years I have heard many different sources, from economics professors to Fed Chairmen, say that the Federal Reserve doesn’t pay attention to the stock market when it comes to deciding rate policy. I think we all know better than that. When the Fed stepped in and started lowering rates at the end of 2007, you can bet that ...

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Wall Street has a Trust Issue with President Trump

In poker, when a player has a habit that indicates that they are bluffing or another one that indicates they have a strong hand, it is called a tell. In criminal law when a criminal uses a certain method to commit the same crime over and over, they call it an M.O.—or modus operandi. Right now, Wall Street seems to ...

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HORIST: Trump scores in Argentina

Even as the #NeverTrump media picks at minutia to continue to spin stories to fill their pipeline of negative news narratives, the President has come out of the G20 summit in Argentina with some commendable outcomes. Tremendous wins. The Trump/Xi tête-à-tête was not only the most important face-to-face discussion in Argentina, it may be the most important negotiation between the ...

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What Small Business wants from the new Congress

The mid-term elections are now behind us, and small businesses across America march on. Politics and regulation, among other things, play such a large role in the life of an entrepreneurial venture. Policies legislated can have a big impact on macroeconomic issues like job creation, wages, and production. The upcoming 116th United States Congress will need to address the concerns ...

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Trump, Auto Unions not Happy with GM Downsizing

There are two sides to every coin. In this case, you find General Motors and Wall Street in general on one side, and President Trump and the unions on the other. Strange partnerships perhaps, but each will do what is in their best interests. Let’s begin by looking at what happened. General Motors said Monday it will cut up to ...

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HORIST: MEMO: To the left-wing media (a Thanksgiving message?)

For more than half a century, I have been more than just a consumer of news. I have been the subject of thousands of news articles and interviews. At times in my life, I have been part of the Fourth Estate as a talk show host and columnist. In my business, I have represented individuals, companies, associations and candidates in ...

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China well on the way to Orwellian Economy

The globalists among you will want to determine quickly if you want China and its dystopian society on your side. The fable so prophetically crafted by 1984 exhibits what might happen to an economy that is taken over by Big Brother. The dictatorship witnessed by Orwell was influenced by Stalinism and the flowering Nazism, forms of brutal totalitarian regimes that ...

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Russia Dismissing Dollar after U.S. Imposed Sanctions

Recent U.S. sanctions against Russia for, among other things, its actions in the Ukraine, have led President Putin to attempt to downplay the role of the dollar in the domestic Russian economy. While on the surface it may not seem significant that the Treasury Department announced sanctions against two individuals and one entity for “serious human rights abuses” and sanctions ...

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