The U.S. central bank has once again refused to open itself up to even the slightest amount of transparency. According to Bloomberg news, the Federal Reserve (Fed) Board of Governors is essentially snubbing a request by the Treasury Department for a public review of its structure and governance, even though the review was supposed to be led by the Fed itself.
While the U.S. Border Patrol has its hands full trying to stop the flow of illegal aliens into our country, a Duke University professor says the nation is in danger of losing too many legal immigrants to their native homelands.
Adobe Systems Inc., the largest producer of graphic-design software in the world, has announced a deal to purchase Omniture Inc. for $1.8 billion. Ominture’s focus is tracking website performance and measuring the effectiveness of online advertising campaigns.
Ben Bernanke, Federal Reserve Chairman, expressed confidence that the worst recession since the 1930s is almost over. In a speech before a Brookings Institution audience Tuesday morning Bernanke made the guardedly optimistic assessment that the economy likely had begun to grow again. He added that growth would be too slow to prevent unemployment from continuing to rise.
As inexpensive Chinese-made automobile tires keep rolling into the United States and U.S. tire manufacturers struggle to stay in business, President Obama will soon have to decide whether or not to impose a tariff on the imports.
Switzerland overtook the United States as the most competitive economy in the world, according to the global competitiveness index released this week by the World Economic Forum (WEF).
The Washington Post reported September 7 that the federal government is now guaranteeing 86 percent of all new home mortgages, as default rates continue to increase and threaten to require a bailout of federal loan guarantors such as the Federal Housing Administration.
The United Nations released a report Monday attacking free-market economics and the role of U.S. Federal Reserve notes in the world economy, while proposing increased centralization of global monetary and financial systems and more “solutions” to so-called “climate change.”
The U.S. Labor Department reported unemployment rose to 9.7 percent during the month of August from 9.4 percent, the highest unemployment rate in 26 years. “Nonfarm payroll employment continued to decline in August (-216,000),” the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported September 4, making a total of 6.9 million jobs lost in the recession since December 2007.