Shall We Go Back to the Gold Standard?

If you watched the Republican presidential debates, you might have noticed that a number of candidates yearn for a return to the gold standard—that is, that every dollar issued by the government would be backed by a comparable value in gold bars that were stashed away in a government vault. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas […]

Devaluation Panic

Investors across the globe were sent into a panic recently when the Chinese Central Bank devaluated the nation’s currency, the yuan. The U.S. market lost more than 1% of its total value, oil prices fell and global shares plummeted on news that China decided to make its currency two percent cheaper than it was before.

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Much Ado About Absolutely Nothing

 

Maybe you saw the alarming headline in the middle of the other stories on Yahoo! News, which told you that the U.S. dollar was about to collapse, as a result of H.R. 2847—or, sometimes, simply “the new currency law.” Write down this date, the frightening article said: July 1, 2014.

More recently, you […]

Should We Fear—Or Cheer—Plunging Oil Prices?

 

Chances are, you’re celebrating today’s lower gas prices. AAA reports that the national average price of gas is $2.60 today, the lowest since December 2009. The result: an estimated $70 billion in direct savings for U.S. consumers over the next 12 months. At previous prices, the average American was spending about $2,600 a year […]