Joseph Calhoun - Seeking Alpha - Sat Jan 31, 9:06AM CST
By Jeffrey P. Snider The idea of economic instability is not just academic conjecture, as there is a great deal of evidence to support this kind of fragility. And it is fragile in the sense as Nassim Taleb describes, namely that what looks to be... (full story)
Joseph Calhoun - Seeking Alpha - Sat Jan 31, 8:51AM CST
By Jeffrey P. Snider GDP as an econometric measure is designed to be most favorable toward growth. It accumulates all forms of spending, in dollar terms, treating them exactly the same regardless of source or destination. That is consistent with... (full story)
Steven Hansen - Seeking Alpha - Sat Jan 31, 3:21AM CST
This past week, Sentier Research told us that real median wages were 1.4% higher in December than in November 2014. This increase should be considered significant. A brief summary of the significance of this increase can be seen in the graphic... (full story)
(1) Treasury Yields - The interest rate that the U.S. Treasury pays to borrow money.
(2) Bank Rates - The federal funds rate is the rate that banks pay to borrow reserves from each other in the interbank market. The prime rate is the rate that banks charge for loans to their best customers.
(3) The interest rate swap rate represents the fixed rate paid on a rate swap to receive payments based on a floating rate. Our Dollar Interest Rate Swaps page shows 1-, 5-, 10-, and 30-year rate swap charts, as well as historical rate swap data tables.
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