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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Recent Articles By The Author
Why the Government's Inflation Gauge Is Shafting the Middle Class
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.
Why the Fed Shouldn't Raise Rates With Today's Currency Wars
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.
Why the U.S. Economy and Stock Market Are Stronger Than You Think
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's Bold Move Means an Era of Higher Wages and Prosperity
Wal-Mart raising base wages is just a sign of the beginning. Middle class rejoice, the increase in wages is coming.
3 Reasons U.S. Intermediate and Long-Term Interest Rates Will Stay Low in 2015
A perfect storm of factors are converging to keep interest rates on U.S. government bonds low.
What to Expect From Jackson Hole: 'Party On'
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.
Why Would You Ever Enter the Junk Bond Market?
Chasing high yields at this phase of the cycle could be dangerous.
Even with Constraints, the U.S. Economy Can Still Grow
Despite all the government-imposed speed bumps, the economy is more resilient than many think.
If You Build It, They Won't Come: Opinion
The economy has changed permanently. Businesses that don't adapt to that reality are doomed.