Understanding the U.S. Treasury’s TIC Data

Who buys U.S. Treasuries? Which countries are buyers and sellers? The U.S. government keeps tabs on that information and it can help us as investors. We show you how to find it and what it means.

How Does a Liquidity Trap Affect Investors?

A liquidity trap occurs when the central bank keeps lowering interest rates all the way to zero in an effort to stimulate the economy but the economy does not respond as desired. Investors need to understand liquidity traps and how they affect your portfolios.

Risks of Monetizing U.S. Government Debt

The Treasury and Federal Reserve are currently monetizing U.S. Debt. This is a risky move and has not turned out well in other economies. Learn more about these risks in this video.

Is the Fed Really Running the Printing Presses?

This phrase “printing presses” — when used to describe the Fed’s actions — is misleading and does not accurately portray the risks and opportunities of investing during a period of rising inflation or rising inflationary expectations.

How Quantitative Easing Works

Quantitative easing is one of the bigger arrows in the Fed’s quiver. Quantitative easing is a monetary policy tool in which a central bank—like the Federal Reserve—floods the market with cash in an attempt to stimulate an economy in recession and to stave off deflation. The idea is that if the central bank floods enough … Continued