Would the Fed Really Start to Manufacture Inflation Soon?

October 12, 2015

Although always in a backhanded manner, the price of gold is intricately connected with inflation and thereby indirectly with the investment banking world. Overall, since bottoming on September 11 at $1,100 per troy ounce, gold is up about 5% to about $1,152 per ounce. Interestingly, gold is gaining strength during a time when inflation – […]

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A Topic Every Investment Banker Loves – Poverty

September 28, 2015

Secretly, every investment banker loves to debate poverty.  In one way or another, finance is intricately connected with various poverty policies. Because of this, and given that presidential politics are soon to take over dinner tables, here’s a look at poverty by U.S. president. Before diving in, which U.S. president would you guess is best […]

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Are Americans Losing Their Entrepreneurial Spirit?

September 14, 2015

In America, it’s long been a cornerstone of national pride – entrepreneurship.  Americans pride themselves on their competitiveness and ingenuity.  Is this self-view still accurate? Here’s a look at recent data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).  The data provides some interesting views on entrepreneurship around the globe.  The U.S. Picture Here’s […]

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Perhaps It Is Time for the US and China to Bring Back the Money Printing Presses

August 31, 2015

In the past few weeks, investment bankers, and investors overall, have experienced what “downside risk” means for equity markets. As of writing, for the 2015 year so far, European equity markets are about flat for the year, while the S&P 500 is is the red. In the East, incredibly, the Shanghai composite is still positive for the […]

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Looking at Productivity by U.S. President

August 17, 2015

If you’re an investment banker, you’re well aware that productivity is the lifeblood of long-term economic growth. Yet just how important is productivity? Rewind 100 years and compare the standard of living in Argentina to that of the United States. Surprisingly, the two countries are fairly close. Fast forward to today, and the standard of living is […]

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Does Investment Banking Employment Respond to Corporate Profits?

August 3, 2015

The importance of corporate profits is a forgone conclusion in the investment banking world. One might think that because corporate profits are so important, investment banking employment responds to corporate profit conditions. Is this presumed conclusion correct?  The following is a look at the historical connection between employment in the investment banking business and the state […]

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How Much in Wages Are American Workers Missing?

July 20, 2015

Every month, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics releases estimates of the number of job openings, hires, fires, and other interesting labor market statistics.  The report is formally known as the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS, for short). Among the reasons economists, investment bankers, and other financial professionals watch the JOLTS report is […]

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