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  1. Inflation Calculations, CPI vs Alternatives

      Quote   Bookmark   Recently, a lot of guys at my office started talking about inflation and how CPI calculations have been changed over time to no longer reflect realities for Americans. Apparently, alternative measures of inflation to reflect real cost ...

    3 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jul 11 2015 - 11:11am -

  2. A QE "Knave and Fool" Strikes Back

    Two weeks ago, columnist Paul Krugman wrote a piece that took aim at a group who, in 2010, wrote an open letter to then Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke warning about the risks of inflation and currency debasement that could result from quantitative easing. In p ...

    4 comments - 0 silver bananas - Oct 16 2014 - 8:06pm -

  3. What Is Inflation?

    Inflation is the term used in economics to describe the rate at which the price of a representative basket of goods is increasing. Some inflation is good, and central banks attempt to achieve a consistently inflation level of around 2%. However, if inflat ...

    0 comments - silver bananas - Apr 23 2012 - 7:50am -

  4. Food Inflation is Sexy

    With food prices growing in correlation to various commodities on the rise, American companies are reacting in turn by shrinking packages while keeping prices level. Surprisingly this has not created as great an uproar as I expected amongst the citizenry ...

    20 comments - 0 silver bananas - May 28 2015 - 7:16pm -

  5. Eurozone Unemployment Tops 12%

    My kids are on spring break for the next couple weeks and I was walking them to the park yesterday afternoon when I was suddenly surrounded by riot cops and TV cameras. Admittedly I was looking down at my phone and not paying attention, but it was surpris ...

    42 comments - 0 silver bananas - Apr 30 2013 - 7:31am -

  6. 3 Macroeconomic Views for the Next Decade- What Group are You In? Help Educate Me...

    So given that I trade a big chunk of my own portfolio and I'm often (stupidly) asked for stock advice, I thought it would make sense to try and tap the collective intelligence of WSO so I can at least pretend to have more conviction. I am conflicted. ...

    43 comments - 1 silver bananas - Dec 13 2013 - 1:56pm -

  7. Fed Policy Is Contractionary

    You hear it all the time, maybe even every day: the Fed's never-ending quantitative easing program led by $85 billion per month in asset purchases, will eventually cause hyperinflation. This will eventually lead to a devaluation of the dollar, skyroc ...

    17 comments - 0 silver bananas - Apr 9 2013 - 6:45pm -

  8. Normalized EBITDA: How to pay less for the same company!

    There are many different ways to determine the value of a company during an M&A transaction. Most of the time, the purchasing price is based on some sort of multiple (such as Firm Value / EBITDA). But what is a company's real EBITDA? Let's a ...

    18 comments - 4 silver bananas - Nov 15 2012 - 6:45pm -

  9. If inflation goes up and noone says it does, does it make a sound?

    Quote Simple question, based on my near certain conviction that the bears are morally right, but will be stung in the markets, since inflation will push all prices higher. However: If governments keep using the same heavily manipulated statistic, does inf ...

    13 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jun 28 2013 - 3:57am -

  10. How the Fed Can Fix the Economy

    The recent back-and-forth between Paul Krugman and Ben Bernanke illustrates that there is no definitive answer to this issue. Krugman argues that Bernanke is unwilling to try any policies that aren't absolutely guaranteed to work. In other words, he& ...

    27 comments - 1 silver bananas - Apr 26 2012 - 7:03pm -

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