Sun, Jan 25, 2015

John Ransom | January 25, 2015

Only a freakin liberal or Islamistsame thing? Anyone?would think that something offensive would qualify someone for the death penalty.

Larry Kudlow | January 25, 2015

Taxing capital will hurt the very middle-class workers and incomes Obama claims he wants to help. His so-called middle-class economics doesn't work.

Mike Shedlock | January 25, 2015

The problem with the global economy in general is debt. You cannot cure a debt-deflation problem via attempts to force more debt into the system. It is axiomatic the cure cannot be the same as the disease.

John Browne | January 25, 2015

Most of the so-called developed world has followed the U.S./UK-led 'Anglosphere' in pursuit of Keynesian economics, focusing on consumption-based economic growth that can supposedly be stimulated by currency debasement.

Doug Fabian | January 25, 2015

The ECB now has committed to buying 60 billion euros worth of bonds per month for 18 months, much larger than the estimate for 50 billion euros per month for 12 months.

Edith Lank | January 25, 2015

Daniel J. Mitchell | January 25, 2015

Simply stated, tax-and-transfer entitlement programs dont work very well with aging populations.

Sat, Jan 24, 2015

Mike Shedlock | January 24, 2015

In the wake of ECB's 60 billion a month QE madness (see "QE already Working" Says IMF Lagarde; Ho-Hum Details Announced; Gold the Place to Be), one might be wondering what it may do to European bond yields.

Night Watch | January 24, 2015

Be prepared for policy changes. The instinctive reaction of living systems is to contract during times of internal stress, and even more so during a leadership crisis.

Charles Payne | January 24, 2015

The conflicting messages from Wall Street and the end of the world collided Thursday.

Daniel J. Mitchell | January 24, 2015

The developing world is hampered by intervention, corruption, and absence of property rights. And the United States is stumbling through an abnormally weak recovery.

John Browne | January 24, 2015

Most of the so-called developed world has followed the U.S./UK-led 'Anglosphere' in pursuit of Keynesian economics. On the other hand, the Germans and the Swiss have long been seen as the champions of Austrian economics, which favored an economic growth based on savings, production and sound money.

Ransom Notes Radio | January 24, 2015

NBC has launched a website for black people. Because nothing says colorblind society quite like making sure were all segregated by race. Maybe we should call the new website SeparateButEqual.com.

Chris Versace | January 24, 2015

It became interesting for investors as European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi stepped up to the monetary stimulus plate during the past week. To use baseball analogies, investors will watch policy to see if he hits a home run with his policy initiatives, strikes out or hits something in between, such as a stand-up double?

Nick Sorrentino | January 24, 2015

Where I live they are building houses again. The neighborhood beside me should have been built 5 years ago and finally the bulldozers are in motion again. But dont call it a recovery.

Mark Skousen | January 24, 2015

Good news! Not everything in the Obama administration is bad.

Nicholas Vardy | January 24, 2015

The global market horses are off to the 2015 races, and leading the pack through the first two-plus weeks of the year is India.

Fri, Jan 23, 2015

John Ransom | January 23, 2015

In response to the old medias new media attitude toward Obama, the president is pouting.

Michael Schaus | January 23, 2015

Well, Colorado has proven that the Bloomberg inspired gun control legislation wasnt the end of Nannyism in "New New York".

Mike Shedlock | January 23, 2015

Every Obama proposal is Dead-on-Arrival. Obama may as well fire a spaceship at the sun. The spaceship would melt long before it got there. Here's the deal: Like president Obama, the ECB is impotent.

Night Watch | January 23, 2015

Ukrainian President Poroshenko told the World Economic Forum in Davos that 9,000 Russian regular soldiers are in eastern Ukraine. In Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov told him to prove it.

Charles Payne | January 23, 2015

Is this the last gasp of the central banks? The global economy issues are becoming worse, and dont look like they are going to get any better.

Daniel J. Mitchell | January 23, 2015

I fear that many nations, such as France and Greece, have already reached the point of no return. And Im worried America is on the same path.

Peter Morici | January 23, 2015

The European Central Bank has announced a 60 billion ($69 billion) monthly government bond buying programQuantitative Easingbut that wont do much for the moribund continental economy.

Lawrence Meyers | January 23, 2015

Why is a staunch Conservative advocating forGASPregulation? Put down the pitchforks and torches and let me explain.

Nick Adams | January 23, 2015

President Obama is still blaming President Bush. Its 2015. The last time President Bush saw the inside of the White House, iPads and Instagram did not exist.

D.W. Wilber | January 23, 2015

Whatever happened to patriotism and love of country in Hollywood? You rarely hear much from the Hollywood elite extolling the virtues of being an American.

Ransom Notes Radio | January 23, 2015

No one watched the State of the Union Well, actually thats not quite right. ALMOST no one watched the speech VIRTUALLY no one watched MSNBC. Have you noticed that the media has everything they ever wanted in a President, and things dont seem to be panning out to well?

Thu, Jan 22, 2015

Bob Goldman | January 22, 2015

Here's a question: Would you rather look smart or look good? If you answered "look good," then all I can say is -- good luck. To look good, you'd have to lose thirty pounds, increase your wardrobe spend by 500 percent, and settle in for a long, painful stay at the nearest branch of Plastic-Surgery-Is-Us.

Mike Shedlock | January 22, 2015

During the last dozen years or so, the only State of the Union Addresses I failed to watch were because I was on the road. On Tuesday, I purposely missed one.

Shawn Mitchell | January 22, 2015

If you missed the speech, here it is... mostly.

Political Calculations | January 22, 2015

With President Obama's 2015 State of the Union address now behind us, we thought we'd follow up on a 2011 post, which showed that the post-recession jobs recovery in the U.S. wasn't quite as good as claimed by the President's political supporters in the U.S. Congress.

Night Watch | January 22, 2015

News services are reluctant to describe the weekend actions as a coup d'tat, but the effect is nearly the same.

Charles Payne | January 22, 2015

It is not always those triple-digit rallies that matter. In fact, in this tenuous start to 2015, it is sessions like yesterday that speak more to the state of the investor.

Daniel J. Mitchell | January 22, 2015

Watching politicians give speeches, such as Obamas State of the Union address, is an occupational hazard when you work at a think tank.

Bill Tatro | January 22, 2015

Given that the House and now the Senate are under Republican control it would seem ludicrous that the President would announce programs that had no chance of passage. But announce he did.

D.W. Wilber | January 22, 2015

During his presidency and throughout his political career former President Richard Nixon was derisively tagged by the liberal media as Tricky Dick. Fast forward to the year 2015 and it would seem that the appellation Tricky would more appropriately fit the current resident of the White House, Barack Obama.

Wed, Jan 21, 2015

Michael Schaus | January 21, 2015

Its not that the State of the Union is completely inconsequential. But our class-warrior-President on the other hand Well, lets just say that he would be a pretty minor character in House of Cards at this point.

John Ransom | January 21, 2015

It is impossible to overestimate the contribution guys like Kyle made to securing a free Iraq, and Iraq would be yet free if guys like Moore hadnt swallowed the truth.

Mike Shedlock | January 21, 2015

A Bloomberg editorial on what the ECB needs to do is rather amusing. The article headline, albeit true in and of itself, contradicts the body of the article.

Shawn Mitchell | January 21, 2015

Every year of this presidential occupation I've snark blogged the State of the Union with my pained howls, retorts, parodies, and rebuttals. But this year I just don't think I can stomach an hour of his sugared, authoritarian demagoguery.

Night Watch | January 21, 2015

Russia will not help the eastern regions to secede from Ukraine at least not yet nor will it allow them to be defeated.

Charles Payne | January 21, 2015

Using hatred and envy of the rich to unleash a torrent of new taxes is not a new ploy; torchbearers beware... taxes are a beast that can turn when unleashed.

Peter Schiff | January 21, 2015

If anyone had any doubt how severely the global economy has been distorted by the actions of central bankers, the "surprise" announcement last week by the Swiss National Bank (SNB) to no longer peg the Swiss franc to the euro should provide a moment of crystal clarity.

Carrie Schwab Pomerantz | January 21, 2015

Dear Reader: Although a lot of us may try to forget our age as the years go by, when it comes to reaping the financial rewards of getting older, you're wise to keep certain age-related milestones top of mind. But as might be expected for the rules and regulations surrounding retirement withdrawals and government benefits, it can get complicated.

Daniel J. Mitchell | January 21, 2015

Workers tend to earn more when there is more capital... Which should be a common-sense observation.

Chris Edwards | January 21, 2015

President Obamas economic policies always seem to be a zero-sum proposition with winners and losers. Usually the losers are all Americans, who suffer from slower economic growth.

Ransom Notes Radio | January 21, 2015

Well this makes complete and total sense: Obamas free college proposal would be funded by taxing college savings plans. Karl Marx would probably point out something about those who have, and those that need Im sure theyll touch on it in the first year or two of free Communist College.

Bill Tatro | January 21, 2015

The reality of falling gas prices has finally hit home. It is no longer 1973 when the bulk of every dollar put into the tank went to a Sheik who could care less about the well-being of the American public.

Tue, Jan 20, 2015

John Ransom | January 20, 2015

While Obamas approval rating on the economy is poor, his approval rating on foreign policy is hemorrhagic.

Michael Schaus | January 20, 2015

In a raging display that resembles the clinical definition of denial, the American left claims that Republicans have abandoned their civil-rights-minded past.

Dave Ramsey | January 20, 2015

Years ago when I crashed and burned financially there were a few strong emotions that spurred me towards change. One of those was disgust. The second emotion was fear.

Mike Shedlock | January 20, 2015

Yet, politically speaking in general, last minute undecided voters in elections (at least in in the US) tend to break strongly in one direction. I see no reason why Greece should be any different.

Political Calculations | January 20, 2015

Via e-mail, one of our readers asked some very good questions, which frame the seemingly fortunate economic situation in the U.S. pretty well.

Night Watch | January 20, 2015

The Ukrainian military says it has reclaimed almost all of Donetsk airport from separatist rebels after launching what it described as a "massive operation" overnight on Saturday.

Daniel J. Mitchell | January 20, 2015

Over and over again, Ive shared evidence showing that gun ownership deters crime. As I pointed out in my IQ test for criminals and liberals, even stupid criminals dont want to get shot.

Ralph Benko | January 20, 2015

The new Congress has a chance at giving us a tax reform that would save us taxpayers something less than, but approaching, $168 billion dollars a year.

D.W. Wilber | January 20, 2015

Hollywood filmmaker Michael Moore weighed in on the recent release of the annual Oscar nominations, during which he made it very clear that he does not like the Clint Eastwood Oscar nominee American Sniper...

Mon, Jan 19, 2015

John Ransom | January 19, 2015

Even as you read this Ukrainian MP, military helicopter pilot Nadiya Savchenko, Iraq War veteran, American ally, remains under indictment in Moscows Nos. 6 Detention Facility.

Shawn Mitchell | January 19, 2015

Ronald Reagan was a rhetorical genius. He was smarter than you and I. He could articulate plain wisdom in simple language that left liberals and the press (but I repeat myself) writhing in frustration with no rebuttal but to call him stupid.

Gayle Trotter | January 19, 2015

"The U.S. and the International Coalition came late to understand the scope of the danger of ISIS. That's certainly a problem which we have to have a serious dialogue about in the region to try to eradicate ISIS."

Paul Dykewicz | January 19, 2015

Collectibles offer potential appreciation, as well as the personal enjoyment of owning something that may feature the image, signature and milestone moments of a celebrity. But Simpsons downward spiral from sports hero and movie actor to convicted violent criminal offers a cautionary tale of the risks of investing in memorabilia that can drop in value.

Doug Fabian | January 19, 2015

I wrote about both of these in my previous column, as well as in the most recent issue of my Successful ETF Investing newsletter.

Daniel J. Mitchell | January 19, 2015

If the Moocher Hall of Fame ever moves from the virtual world to brick-and-mortar reality, its going to need a lot of space.