Brexit Uncertainty Spreads in German Markets

By |July 13th, 2016|Categories: Economics / Politics|

In recent years, the DAX, the German blue chip index of the country’s 30 largest companies trading on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, has seen an increase in foreign investors. About 63 percent of stakeholders in the index are foreign, up from 52% in 2009. It seems that an increasing number of investors are eager to take advantage of what has

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Governing Money: All About the FOMC and the Federal Reserve

By |June 2nd, 2016|Categories: Economics / Politics|

The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) is a governing body that sets monetary policy for the Federal Reserve System. It’s made up of 12 members. These members include 7 members of the Board of Governors and 5 of the 12 Reserve Bank presidents. The Chairman of the Board of Governors also serves as the Chairman of the FOMC. And, the

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How to use an Economic Downturn to Your Advantage

By |January 7th, 2016|Categories: Economics / Politics|

Over the past seven or eight years, right across the world, many people have felt the negative effects of the fallout from the international banking crisis. Although such a drastic downturn thankfully doesn't happen all that often, the ebbs and flows of the financial world mean that economic downturns of different shapes and sizes do come along quite regularly. If

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Small Business Saturday 2016 in the UK: Supporting Local Businesses

By |January 7th, 2016|Categories: Economics / Politics|

Small businesses are one of the most important aspects of the overall economy in the UK. There are many people who are interested in starting their own business. Every year, there is a Small Business Saturday where people are encouraged to go out in to their local communities and help local companies succeed. Here are several reasons why this is

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Saving in your 20s

By |September 18th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Economics / Politics|

...I'm a massive nerd. What's the most reliable way to identify an amateur at a poker table?  I'll give you a hint, it's not the guy making mistakes.  It's the one who gets loudly angry at him for making mistakes, when he loses in an unlikely fashion he just can't stand to keep his mouth shut and just

So you want to learn economics

By |September 4th, 2015|Categories: Economics / Politics|

Savings on cover design passed on to the consumer no doubt. It takes considerable knowledge just to realize the extent of your own ignorance.   -Thomas Sowell The easiest way I've found to learn any subject in particular is simply by reading books. Reading lots of books.  If you want to learn something about economics the best place

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How to Make Money Without a Degree

By |May 7th, 2014|Categories: Blog, Economics / Politics|

Here's another article saying that if you don't go to college you are missing out on $830,000 of income. Holy crap! With information like that, I better start saving now to send my future kids to super expensive colleges! As you know, I'm not a fan of the "send everyone to college" mentality that has prevailed over the last few

Should We Pay Teachers Like Babysitters?

By |January 7th, 2014|Categories: Blog, Economics / Politics|

At some point in your life you may have come across a little post about how if we would just pay teachers as if they were babysitters, they would be some of the highest earning professionals in the country. I've heard many teachers use this analysis as evidence that they aren't paid well enough. For those who haven't read it,

The Pope and Economics

By |December 20th, 2013|Categories: Blog, Economics / Politics|

I had a reader ask my opinion on the Pope and his latest remarks regarding the economy. I don't want to put words into anyone's mouth, so I'll present the question as it was written: Hi Kevin! I would love to get your take on the anti-capitalist remarks made by Pope Francis! Do you think you could do a post

Obamacare Makes Being Uninsured a Viable Insurance Plan

By |October 22nd, 2013|Categories: Blog, Economics / Politics, Personal Finance Tips|Tags: , |

Now that Obamacare is going into full effect in 2014, people need to make a decision: should I try to get health insurance (if the Obamacare website ever starts working) or should I just pay the fine for not having insurance? If you are young and healthy, it might make sense to just pay the fine. Let me clarify. I'm