Robert Barone is Economist for Concert Wealth Management. He co-founded Universal value Advisors (UVA) in 2005, and is currently the firm’s economist as well as a wealth and portfolio manager. Mr. Barone holds a Ph.D. in economics (Georgetown University) and is nationally known for his blogs, and is often quoted in the financial press.
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There's a lot of anxiety about deflation, but this is unnecessary. Inflation is the real problem that's hurting the disappearing U.S. middle class.
The devaluation of China's yuan is another example of how a stronger currency -- along with higher interest rates -- can hurt a country's economy.
Don't believe pundits who say the stock market is near a top. The U.S. economy is on the verge of reaching escape velocity.
Wal-Mart raising base wages is just a sign of the beginning. Middle class rejoice, the increase in wages is coming.
A perfect storm of factors are converging to keep interest rates on U.S. government bonds low.
My expectation from Jackson Hole is that the Fed will confirm a continuation of its zero interest rates policy despite the misallocation of resources or the bubbles it causes.
Chasing high yields at this phase of the cycle could be dangerous.
Despite all the government-imposed speed bumps, the economy is more resilient than many think.
The economy has changed permanently. Businesses that don't adapt to that reality are doomed.
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