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Pair Of Bush-Era Economists Emerge As Front-Runners For Fed Vice Chair Position

After selecting Fed governor Jerome Powell to replace Janet Yellen as Fed Chair when her term expires in February, the Trump White House has now moved on to interviewing a series of candidates for the Vice Chair position.  As the Wall Street Journal notes this morning, two of the more likely candidates for that role […]


3-(Mis)Statements About Tax Reform

Authored by Lance Roberts via RealInvestmentAdvice.com, With the passage of the Tax Cut And Jobs Act on Wednesday, I wanted to address a few of the questions and misinformation currently circulating about the impact of tax cuts on the U.S. economy. Over the last couple of months, I have been repeatedly asked why I am […]


Bridgewater’s Dalio Warns “There’s A War Going On… And Taxes Won’t Help”

The founder and CEO of Bridgewater, the world's largest hedge fund, was not exactly cock-a-hoop about Trump's tax reform plan ahead of this week's successful vote, and now that the details are out, Ray Dalio explains why the tax changes don't do what's needed to help America… When we look at the tax plan holistically, […]


The Big Problem With The GOP Tax Cut, Charted

While the jury will be out for years whether the Trump tax cuts will boost the economy (they already had an outsized impact on markets, pushing the Dow by nearly 5,000 points higher since Trump’s election), there are several key problems that remain outstanding. The first one, as the following JPMorgan chart shows, is that […]


House Passes Trump Tax Plan For Second Time

Update: In a vote that almost exactly mirrored yesterday's results, the House once again passed the final Trump tax bill – formerly known as the conference agreement on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act – by a vote of 224-201. As the Financial Times pointed out, "the vote gives the president a longed-for legislative victory […]


House Passes Trump Tax Plan For Second Time With Only 1 Republican Voting Against

Update: In a vote that almost exactly mirrored yesterday's results, the House once again passed the final Trump tax bill – formerly known as the conference agreement on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act – by a vote of 232-190. The only difference was that only one Republican voted against the bill during its second […]


Watch Live: House Holds Second Vote On Tax-Reform Plan

The House of Representatives is voting for the second time on the final version of the Republican tax-reform plan. If the bill passes and is signed into law by President Donald Trump, it would be the first piece of comprehensive tax reform in 31 years. Watch it live below: Democrats, who have nicknamed the bill […]


Weekend Reading: Ignorance Is No Excuse

Authored by Lance Roberts via RealInvestmentAdvice.com, The “tax bill cometh.” According to the press, this is going to be the single biggest factor to jump-starting economic growth since the invention of the wheel. Interestingly, even the Fed’s economic projections are suggesting that economic growth will pick up over the next two years from the impact of […]


The 30-Years Bubble – Why America Ain’t That Rich

Authored by David Stockman via Contra Corner, The entire financial and economic narrative in today's Bubble Finance world is virtually context- and history-free; it's all about the short-term deltas and therefore exceedingly misleading and dangerous. So when a big trend or condition is negative and unsustainable, you generally can't even get a glimpse of it from the so-called "high-frequency" weekly, monthly and […]


Tax-Reform Opponents Blast Treasury Report As “Nothing More Than One Page Of Fake Math”

Yesterday, we highlighted a one-page report prepared by the Treasury Department which claimed that – in what was perhaps one of the most unrealistically optimistic budget projections to ever be produced by the US government agency – the Senate’s version of the Republican tax plan would, somehow, bolster GDP to a 2.9% real growth rate […]


Treasury Forecasts Tax Reform Will Lead To Longest Period Without Recession In History

One week ago, in its latest assessment of the current state of tax reform in the aftermath of the Senate’s passage of the tax bill, Goldman analysts calculated that while growth impact from tax reform had increased fractionally to around 0.3% in 2018 and 2019 “reflecting the slightly larger amount of tax cuts in the […]


Weekend Reading: Recession Risk Hidden In Tax Bill

Authored by Lance Roberts via RealInvestmentAdvice.com, Since the election, equity bulls have been pinning their hopes on “tax cuts” as the needed injection to support currently elevated stock prices. Stocks have advanced sharply since the election on these expectations, and while earnings have recovered, primarily due to the rise in oil prices, whatever economic growth […]


Why The Globalists Need A War… And Soon

Authored by Brandon Smith via Alt-Market.com, It is difficult to gauge and understand geopolitical and economic events without first comprehending the fact that much of what happens in the world is engineered to happen and with a specific encompassing goal in mind. If you subscribe to the theory that all is random "chaos" and outcomes […]


Is Tax “Reform” Good For The US Dollar? How About Gold?

Authored by Mike Shedlock via www.themaven.net/mishtalk, Let's investigate what happened after the last 3 major tax reforms. Another "reform" is on deck.  I picked up this idea from Holger Zschaepitz, @Schuldensuehner, who made the following Tweet, posting a chart from Bloomberg. Proposed US tax overhaul, 3rd major change to US tax code over past 40yrs, […]


Republican Leaders Consider 22% Corporate Rate: WaPo

With Republican leaders still frantically scrambling to find last-minute fixes in their tax-reform plan that will help win over moderate Republicans and deficit hawks who could create problems during the reconciliation process, the Washington Post is reporting that Republican leaders are considering a deal to roll back the corporate rate to 22%. Rumors that Republicans […]