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The Fed

Waking Up to The American Dream

The American Dream once strongly stood for ideal freedom. For as a child in America, we are so fortunately nagged about what we want to be when we grow up: a fireman? an astronaut? or how about an entrepreneur? The American Dream meant career choices for everyone in America!

But somehow our freedom of choice that once so clearly encompassed the American Dream changed. Not sure when or how, but it clearly changed. For as I grew older, the American Dream became all about owning a home. What house, in what neighborhood, with how many bedrooms was all that we seemed to dream about. But then suddenly, the dream became a nightmare. Continued »

The Flea Market

A developer once told me that if you do a deal with someone that has fleas, your bound to get fleas. For example, Bear Stearns and AIG have fleas. I understand the fear-based argument for getting fleas, “We have no choice”. But borrowing more money to participate in the Flea Market can’t be our only choice. What if the “Free Markets” posed another choice? What if there was a much better way than borrowing more time and money just to get fleas (and these are big and scary fleas)? Continued »

Will Someone Please Count The Money?

So how much paper money is out there anyway. Does it matter that every time The Wizard of Oz (The Fed/government) decides to bailout a financial institution like Bear Stearns, Lehman, Fannie or Freddie, they have to print more and more money. What is behind this printing of money and how do they do it? Continued »

Educated Inflation

With Sallie Mae in trouble, does that mean that less student loans at low interest rates may be available in the future? After all, they are the largest student lenders with $127 billion of debt outstanding (according to Wiki). Or can we expect the Wizard of Oz to step in and fix the lending rate since the loans are “federally guaranteed”. Continued »