Recently, there has been a global movement toward eliminating cash, Ron Rimkus, CFA, observes. It sounds strange, almost bizarre. Who exactly wants to eliminate cash? Why? What would we do without it? Rimkus explores these questions as well as the most critical one of all: Is it good for his mom?
“Radical monetary policy begets more radical policy,” says James Grant. “It seems to me at some point markets or voters will put a stop to this.”
In the current low-rate environment, there is reason to wonder about the viability of banks, insurance companies, and indeed any institution that generally depends on the spread between long- and short-dated liabilities for its profits, says David Schawel, CFA.
Jason Voss, CFA, provides his choices for Weekend Reads for Investors. This edition discusses the decline of US productivity, the little-known but important Sykes-Picot Agreement, and sleeping trees.
Can anyone reasonably expect to earn a 5% real return with acceptable risk in today’s economic environment?
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