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【Samuel Rines| Insight】The Scenario That Destroys the Fed’s Credibility

When the Federal Reserve raised rates last week, there was a certain amount of fanfare, and a certain amount of trepidation.   On one side of the debate are those who say the […]


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【Samuel Rines| Insight】The Global Middle Class Has Stalled. Has It Stopped for Good?

The emerging world—lower and middle income countries alike—found China’s insatiable appetite for commodities in recent years a godsend. For the new middle class a commodity supercy […]


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【Samuel Rines | Insight】5 Economic Problems That the Next U.S. President Will Face

The next president, regardless of ideology, would be wise to begin addressing the economic challenges of the coming decade long before arriving on Pennsylvania Avenue.   1. Th […]


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【Samuel Rines | Insight】

The term “secular stagnation” is an attention-grabbing headline. When economists posit that slow growth is here to stay, it peaks people’s interest—and for economists, this is a ra […]


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【Samuel Rines | Insight】How New Technology Secretly Slows Down the Economy

The U.S. economy has been struggling to return to its pre-crisis dynamism and growth. Wages and productivity growth are tepid at best. Even the digital boom and the ubiquity of com […]


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【Samuel Rines | Insight】The Price the Fed Paid for Peace

The Fed is in the middle of a debate of its own creation: How do policy makers approach a slow growing U.S. economy? Given its mandate, the Fed has had little choice but to underta […]


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【Samuel Rines | Insight】The Fed’s Disturbing Monetary Policy Options

All eyes were on a September rate hike (and some still are). But the minutes from their latest meeting suggest that the Federal Open Market Committee has not made up its mind. The […]


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【Samuel Rines | Insight】This Is the Real Reason China’s Currency Devaluation Is Bad News

In the late 20th century and the first decade of the 21st, Alan Greenspan led a Fed that—in retrospect—kept monetary policy loose for an exceedingly long period of time. Inflation […]


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【Samuel Rines | Insight】Puerto Rico’s Debt Dilemma: America’s Little Greece?

Puerto Rico distills 70 percent of the rum consumed in the United States. We might surmise that both borrowers and lenders were imbibing too much if they failed to foresee the isla […]


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【Samuel Rines | Insight】Trans-Pacific Partnership: Mexico’s Last Chance?

The global economy is struggling to find growth stories. China is slowing, Europe rebounds in fits and starts, and commodity-exporting economies are increasingly feeling the pressu […]


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