What Jane Says: The Economy

I’m getting tired of headlines that claim “Deficits Up,” when they’re really down or “Hyperinflation Coming,” when our slow-growth economy has been holding inflation at historically low levels. Supposedly, we’re wrecking America for our grandchildren, not to mention ourselves. So I thought I’d share a positive view of the economy, from Allen Sinai, chief global economist […]

Today, bonds look like losers. If the economy continues to improve, as currently projected, long-term interest rates will gradually go up. When unemployment comes down, the Federal Reserve will stop repressing short-term rates and they’ll rise, too. When interest rates rise, the market price of bonds and bond mutual funds goes down. So why would […]

What’s so infuriating about the fiscal cliff is that it’s entirely man-made, by legislators trying to fool the public and themselves. It was a twofer: 1. When the Bush tax cuts passed, projections showed that they added billions to the deficit over the long term. To “fix” the problem, Congress declared that the tax cuts […]

Is Wall Street reform already dead? The bankers and other gazillionaires are back in the driver’s seat, in Washington D.C. For you and me, that means taking a more conservative stance with our personal money. Unbridled speculation and financial deceit brought us the Great Economic Collapse of 2008. If the new Congress undermines the Dodd-Frank […]

If you’re invested in bond mutual funds, relax. The Great Bond Collapse, touted by so many noisy commentators last month, has been put on indefinite hold. Fears of ramped up inflation and spikes in interest rates were premature. Bond funds still look like sound investments, for income and diversification. So make yourself a hot cup […]

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Jane Bryant Quinn is a nationally known commentator on personal finance, with books and columns read and trusted by millions.
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