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Should investors worry QE3 has ended?

Originally published on RGJ.com’s website http://www.rgj.com/story/money/business/2014/11/16/robert-barone-investors-worry-qe-ended/19080941/ As October ended, the Fed announced an end to its controversial money printing policy, known as QE3 (the third round of quantitative easing). In QE3, the Fed purchased large quantities of U.S government securities. When the Fed purchases bonds, it creates new money in the form of bank reserves. For the past five years, the liquidity created by the Fed via this process has …Read More

Did October’s volatility keep you up?

Originally published on Reno Gazette Journal’s website http://www.rgj.com/story/money/business/2014/11/02/robert-barone-octobers-volatility-keep/18306213/ In the middle of October, the equity markets became quite volatile, worrying about such things as a growth slowdown in Europe, China and the developed world; the impact of a stronger dollar on multinational corporate earnings; and Ebola, ISIS and other geopolitical issues. The worry was, and still is, that any one of these could have a negative impact on growth in …Read More

Keeping tabs on the economy and your retirement portfolio

No matter what phase of the retirement cycle you’re in, it helps to educate yourself as much as possible about the investment process. Whether you’re a do it yourselfer or work with a team of trusted advisers, you should understand the basics of financial planning, financial products and investment returns. It also helps to have a basic understanding of global economics and keep tabs on the big picture of our …Read More

Is This Correction Over Yet?

Originally published in Reno Gazette Journal http://www.rgj.com/story/money/economy/2014/10/19/correction-yet/17494021/ I’ve never seen a market correction that wasn’t scary. And this one is no exception, especially since computer-based trading has significantly increased volatility. But, if we include the volatility, which means using intraday highs and lows, the intraday low on Wednesday was 9.8 percent lower than the intraday high on Sept. 19. By historical standards, neither a 7.4 percent nor a 9.8 percent …Read More

Why “Average” Wage Rates May Be Misleading

Much has been made of Fed Chair Janet Yellen’s stance that the labor market still has a lot of slack. That message remained in the Fed’s September communique. As part of her justification, the Chairwoman points to the fact that the average hourly wage rate has remained at or near the “official” rate of inflation, and, therefore, real wage rates have been stagnant. The September jobs report, while showing considerable …Read More