There are fiscal measures that would be much more effective than QE2, like tax holidays, or out and out tax reductions, or a revamped tax system.
The FDIC has become a player in the private sector with profit interests competing with, and diametrically opposed to, those of private citizens.
It appears that the FDIC, whose insurance fund was in the red by $21 billion at the end of the first quarter, has decided to become a player in the private sector by partnering with Wall Street.
The financial reform legislation solves none of the issues that caused the 2008 financial meltdown.
Sustainable robust economic growth is not likely in any reasonable forecasting time frame so investors should avoid industries dependent on big ticket consumer outlays.
"Too Big To Fail" institutions know that because their governments need them to buy their debt, they won't have to give up their immensely profitable proprietary trading habits.
While U.S. citizens are drowning in debt, the political system appears incapable of reducing it. In fact, the politicians continue to expand it in the erroneous belief that more debt will help.
After some months of delay, the European Central Bank stepped in to save the financial system in a fashion similar to the U.S. Treasury's TARP plan.
We will continue to see record numbers of community bank failures where the FDIC closes an institution and sells off the assets for pennies on the dollar.
The potential and perhaps inevitable meltdown of the EU speaks directly to the reasons that volatility has returned to U.S. markets.