Understanding Macroeconomics and Finance

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Registered: 04-22-2003
Understanding Macroeconomics and Finance
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Fri, 07-29-2011 - 3:54pm

I am pursuing my MBA and just finished Economics and Finance courses. They have been eye opening as well as reason to be all the more frustrated at what goes on in politics and Media. Media is so much to blame for the way topics are discussed these days. I am talking about all media outlets, FOX, CNN, NBC, NPR etc etc. They never ask right questions, mostly they don't know what are relevant questions to ask. The politicians do nothing but spin whether they are on the right side or wrong.

I wrote some of my thoughts from what I have learned...

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iVillage Member
Registered: 04-22-2003
Thu, 08-18-2011 - 11:31pm
Very apt song
iVillage Member
Registered: 07-09-2011
Fri, 08-19-2011 - 10:12am

Nah, Bush was too late. Socialized Insecurity was already $75 Trillion in debt before he walked into office.

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Registered: 11-27-2009
Fri, 08-19-2011 - 12:11pm

Would you be willing to explain how Bush destroyed the country. Not opinion, I would like to see the facts that support this claim.

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-09-2011
Fri, 08-19-2011 - 1:45pm

"This in turn has created an adverse environment for business due to downgrade of US treasury bonds."

Adverse business conditions were here long before the downgade.

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-22-2003
Fri, 08-19-2011 - 4:04pm

True but the economy was on a path to a slow recovery and perhaps it still is but these hiccups are not helping anyone.

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-09-2011
Wed, 08-24-2011 - 8:53pm

There was no econommic recovery. Dumping money into the economy temorarily increases economic activity, but there was no signs of economic recovery.

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Registered: 01-25-2010
Thu, 08-25-2011 - 12:06am

recall we are still dealing with economics of the 1930's!

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Registered: 04-22-2003
Mon, 08-29-2011 - 4:27pm

Actually, In normal situation a slight trigger in positive direction is what is needed to revive the economic condition and jump start growth. Just the way adverse loop feeds into a recession, positive stimulus could help with the economy. That is why we have cycles of growth and recession.

So it is not a bad thing to dump some money into the economy to help jump start it. Many factors are responsible for slow recovery this time, since recession was very severe due to financial crisis. But at the same time it would be irresponsible of the administration to lax all the regulations as advocated by some people because that would only create a bubble which we don't want.

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Registered: 07-09-2011
Mon, 08-29-2011 - 10:54pm

If this were a cyclical downturn or a hiccup within the markets that would usually hold true, but that is not what this recession is about. This recession is the result of serious structural fiscal problems, namely job exportation and cronyism. Dumping money into this economy is like spraying ether into an engine that needs an overhaul.

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Registered: 04-22-2003
Fri, 09-02-2011 - 1:00am

If this were a cyclical downturn or a hiccup within the markets that would usually hold true, but that is not what this recession is about. This recession is the result of serious structural fiscal problems, namely job exportation and cronyism. Dumping money into this economy is like spraying ether into an engine that needs an overhaul. It'll run so long as the ether is there, but it'll sputter and die when the ether is gone because the engine itself is faulty.

Not completely disagreeing with your statements above but some thoughts on fiscal issues. Agreed that for the last few decades, American people as well as govt used too much leverage, I think at one point it was 90% leverage over one's income. But at the same time, I don't beleive for a second that US problems are as bad as Europe. The reason being US being very large economy and has the money.

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