Sat, Aug 23, 2014

Michael Schaus | August 23, 2014

Apparently, in a utopian world, restaurants would ban tips and compensate their servers the same way that Chicago teacher unions compensate their rank and file: Without regard to performance, or competency.

Mike Shedlock | August 23, 2014

As noted in German Two-Year Bonds Have Negative Yield, Demand High; Euro Bond Bubble Guaranteed to Burst, " Banks lend (provided they are not capital impaired), when credit-worthy borrowers want credit and banks perceive risks worth lending."

Night Watch | August 23, 2014

The Palestinians are continuing to use up their rockets at the rate of over 100 per day. Meanwhile, much of Gaza is being reduced to rubble. The Hamas leadership seems oddly comfortable with that outcome, provided they can still shoot rockets.

Charles Payne | August 23, 2014

Thursday, in Chicago, 9 year old Antonio Smith was killed in the backyard of an apartment building. He was in the wrong place at the wrong time, but then again, that statement applies to every black child in Chicago and any other city.

Ransom Notes Radio | August 23, 2014

The Keynesians are in charge And its starting to show. Mark Skousen joined the program to discuss the possibility of permanently low interest rates. Also: Ezra Klein is still an idiot; but theres someone else out there that is even worse.

Chris Versace | August 23, 2014

One of the easiest and simplest metrics that investors use to screen for, as well as value, stocks is the price-to-earnings ratio, better known as a stocks price-to-earnings (P/E). Of course, on its face, a P/E is nothing more than a snapshot in time, but what if I told you it was far more complicated than that?

Bill Tatro | August 23, 2014

Over the past five years, while quantitative easing has been the strategy du jour, the mix of so called investment money has been strangely absent one component.

Mark Skousen | August 23, 2014

Most Austrian economists argue that the best response to the 2008 financial crisis was to do nothing. By refusing to bail out the banks, investment firms and insurance companies, the government would be sending a clear message that Wall Street and the private markets must avoid irresponsible decisions in the future.

Doug Fabian | August 23, 2014

Today I have an exclusive sneak peek of three presentations I have on the slate for the next several days at the MoneyShow.

Daniel J. Mitchell | August 23, 2014

Thanks to Mark Steyn, we have a story that exemplifies both the brain-dead nature of the public sector and the nasty nature of our bureaucratic overlords.

Fri, Aug 22, 2014

Gayle Trotter | August 22, 2014

Obamas foreign policy has become noteworthy for a remarkable series of bad decisions, miscalculations, and fecklessness -- tragically ironic for an administration whose foreign policy mantra is dont do stupid stuff.

John Ransom | August 22, 2014

He thinks hes entitled to speak about Ferguson because hes a black man with a black mans experience in America. He believes in legitimatizing black mistrust of America instead of removing mistrust between the races

Mike Shedlock | August 22, 2014

The "recovery" news in Spain keeps piling up. Via translation from El Economista, Government has already taken 37% of the total 'pensions piggy bank'. If extractions continue at the current rate, the fund would be exhausted in 4 years.

Political Calculations | August 22, 2014

Part time employment started off the recession at 24,758,000, but instead of decreasing as jobs disappeared from the U.S. economy, the number of Americans employed part time increased by 2,721,000 through December 2009.

Night Watch | August 22, 2014

The Gaza War resumed in earnest on the 20th. The Palestinians fired 150 rockets into Israel on 20 August. Israel sources say they fired 213 rockets since they broke the ceasefire.

Charles Payne | August 22, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its report, Expenditures on Children by Families, and the cost of raising a child is now up to $245,000- not including the cost of college. The most expensive part of raising children is keeping a roof over their heads and food in their bellies...

Daniel J. Mitchell | August 22, 2014

Some folks on the right in Washington, generally known as reformicons (short for reform conservatives), want the Republican Party to de-emphasize marginal tax rate reductions and instead focus on providing tax relief to parents.

Doug Fabian | August 22, 2014

Due to Russian President Vladimir Putins shenanigans and the ongoing Ukraine situation, many Western investors are fleeing Russia. However, contrarian investors view this as an excellent opportunity to enter the Russian market on the cheap.

Nicholas Vardy | August 22, 2014

Much like the Great Depression did to the Greatest Generation, the financial crisis of 2008 seared the souls of millions of investors.

Ilya Shapiro | August 22, 2014

After engaging in a racially motivated street fight with a black man, Charles Cannon found himself facingas expectedassault charges and a sentencing enhancement to penalize him further under Texass hate crime law. You see, they had to make a federal case out of a fistfight to stop the return of slavery.

Thu, Aug 21, 2014

John Ransom | August 21, 2014

Obama's election is inconceivable without first understanding the historic wrongs the country has foisted on a community that has never enjoyed the protection a family can give them.

Michael Schaus | August 21, 2014

Dont forget what John Maynard Keynes pointed out when advocating for increased government spending: In the long run, were all dead. Of course, he never said wed be able to afford the coffin.

Mike Shedlock | August 21, 2014

Turnout in some Los Angeles elections is so low that LA Considers Giving Citizens Lottery Tickets if they Vote.

Night Watch | August 21, 2014

An Israeli military spokesman said the air force executed air strikes in the Gaza Strip in response to Palestinian rocket fire that broke the ceasefire. One child is reported to have died as a result of the strikes. 01

Charles Payne | August 21, 2014

The Fed released the minutes from its last gathering, and this report should move the market. The big question of the day is: what is the level of internal dissent from official policy and Chairman Yellen?

Daniel J. Mitchell | August 21, 2014

Wow. Billions of dollars of fraud and the government to this day still cant figure out the level of theft. This sounds about right.

Bill Tatro | August 21, 2014

How could we be so successful at turning over governments? Simple! Our military might and, perhaps more important, our checkbook. Being the reserve currency has its privileges.

Nick Sorrentino | August 21, 2014

This is a frustrating statistic to read. When so many rely upon the state for their well being - when getting taxpayer funded aid means the difference between having a full stomach and having an empty one - it is very hard to make the case to someone that government must be smaller.

Wed, Aug 20, 2014

John Ransom | August 20, 2014

If anything in life is certain it is this: When Obama wages war on anything, including war, we ought to expect a mass casualty event at this point.

Michael Schaus | August 20, 2014

Aside from meeting with his apparently hapless economic team (which if headed by Joe Biden is roughly as useful as a neurosurgeon with palsy), what was the President up to on his 48 hour trip to DC? Well Apparently he attended a party.

Mike Shedlock | August 20, 2014

Congratulations go to Forbes columnist John Tamny and editor of Real Clear Markets for producing the "Idiot's Guide to Austrian Economics'. Ironically, that is not exactly what Tamny set out to do.

Political Calculations | August 20, 2014

The data suggests that investors have been and are currently focused upon 2015-Q2 in setting today's stock prices, since this quarter marks the period of time at which the Federal Reserve is most likely to act to increase short term interest rates in the U.S. for the first time in several years.

Charles Payne | August 20, 2014

The stock market continues to take its cue from the military action (or inaction) between Russia and Ukraine, and to the lesser extent, from how we are dealing with ISIS (bombs away). But, how long can Wall Street continue whistling past the graveyard when it comes to a potential explosion of violence across America?

Daniel J. Mitchell | August 20, 2014

What do cigarettes and capital gains have in common? Well, they both start with the same letter, so maybe the Cookie Monster could incorporate them into his favorite song, but Im thinking about something else.

Nick Sorrentino | August 20, 2014

About on third of people have saved NOTHING for retirement... But please keep taxing us and debasing the currency though.

Ransom Notes Radio | August 20, 2014

Whos really waging the war on women? Ann-Marie Murrell, CEO of Politichicks, joined the show to discuss the way Democrats chastise and ridicule women who dare to think for themselves. John also tackles the issue of the Ferguson, Missouri, riots and why it is not shocking in the least.

Bill Gunderson | August 20, 2014

As clearly evidenced by the recent underperformance of many retail stocks, retail is not a great place to be right now.

Tue, Aug 19, 2014

Michael Schaus | August 19, 2014

Leftists seem to have a love affair with intimidating businesses into compliance with their utopian vision of a gun-free America. Kroger, however, has decided to reject the Bloomberg-inspired requests to ban guns on their property. I guess they didnt feel like experiencing an uptick in violent crime and robberies.

Mike Shedlock | August 19, 2014

Given the huge numbers of people employed in food industries, especially fast food, a growth area for food robotics seems relatively easy to spot.

Night Watch | August 19, 2014

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu said that Israel will not compromise on the security requirement that the Gaza Strip must be demilitarized. He also said that Hamas will not be permitted to obtain a political victory from its military defeat.

Charles Payne | August 19, 2014

A lot is being said about the militarization of local police departments. I think it is the kind of debate that can only happen in a nation where crime has come down dramatically within the past several decades. Similar to freedom, I think Americans take it for granted.

Daniel J. Mitchell | August 19, 2014

I agree that something is wrong with the economy. But I disagree with the Keynesian interpretation that the economys weakness is because of some mysterious malady that requires government intervention.

Bill Gunderson | August 19, 2014

US retail sales fell flat on their faces last month. It was their worst reading in six months. I have been steering clear of retail stocks for some time now.

Bill Tatro | August 19, 2014

In the world of Unicorns or politics, anything is possible.

Ralph Benko | August 19, 2014

The GOP once again appears clueless. But not quite for the reason that liberals suppose.

Mon, Aug 18, 2014

Larry Kudlow | August 18, 2014

. . . .despite a phony Democratic indictment.

John Ransom | August 18, 2014

In the contest to run America for the foreseeable future, the Democrats have so mismanaged and bungled their chance to make a case for themselves that their only choice is to criminalize the opposition.

Michael Schaus | August 18, 2014

Oscar Wilde once pointed out when you’re losing an argument, you still have the viable option of throwing out some insults. But, hey, I still say the term “stupid” can be used with some degree of appropriateness under "normal" conditions.

Mike Shedlock | August 18, 2014

The biggest winners are states involved in energy production, finance, or healthcare. The biggest losers are states that did not recover from the real estate bust, or lost population due to emigration.

Shawn Mitchell | August 18, 2014

We elected an anti-American. Twice. The Left can't admit it or their gig is up.

Mark Baisley | August 18, 2014

Bullies want to turn the natural hierarchy upside down, with their names at the top. Evil lusts for the reverence that belongs only to the Creator.

Daniel J. Mitchell | August 18, 2014

I’m glad that Obamacare isn’t paying for itself since that simply means lots of taxes to accompany all the additional spending.

Sun, Aug 17, 2014

John Ransom | August 17, 2014

Self immolation is the last resort of those who have no other voice.