The government’s reaction to the coronavirus has caused financial problems of monumental proportions. With the shutdown of businesses and massive layoffs, states and municipalities suffered huge losses in revenue. Two-thirds of state revenues come from income taxes or sales taxes.
Back on March 16, a report by Imperial College London forecast 2.2 million Americans would die from the coronavirus and that 81% of the U.S. population would be infected. Consequently, Trump and his team of experts, namely Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx, began holding daily press conferences and quickly scared the daylights out
This past Sunday, Scott Pelley interviewed Fed Chairman Jerome Powell on 60 Minutes. Below are some excerpts. PELLEY: Fair to say you simply flooded the system with money? POWELL: Yes. We did. That’s another way to think about it. We did.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unveiled a more than $3 trillion coronavirus aid package Tuesday, which would be the fifth this year. The House is expected to vote on it Friday, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says there is no “urgency.” The package is an 1,800-page document, which offers something for everyone.
Buying the dips have made a lot of stock investors money since 2009. And today, a lot of stock investors continue to buy the dips. However, Paul Singer’s Elliott Management says that stocks could drop further, down to half of their February highs. Other analysts forecast the deepest economic decline since the Great Depression.
1) Covid-19 is a severe supply side shock, but main street will bounce back once the public health separation orders are relaxed in the months ahead. The idea of a Depression is nonsense because main street capitalism does not have a death wish. Households and businesses will creatively find ways to cope, repair, replenish and
With the outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus), many economists – including a former Fed president – have called for lower interest rates to head off any recession.
A recent newsletter noted that there has not been a “Black Swan” in a while, a “Black Swan” being an event that comes as a surprise and has a major effect on mankind’s affairs. The coronavirus, now named COVID-19, just rendered that observation invalid.
Warren Buffett is considered the most successful investor of our time. One of the indicators that he follows is the stock market’s total valuation to GDP, which is now flashing red. Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway currently holds in excess of $128 billion in cash. The vertical grey lines in the chart are major recessions. Note how
To “save the world’s economy” in the 2008 World Financial Crisis (WFC), the Federal Reserve led the world’s central banks in printing money, hiking its holdings of T-bills and other bonds – some quite specious – from $900 billion to $4.5 trillion, a five-fold increase.