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Cash is Trash No More - Federal Reserve Moves Fed Funds Rate Up by 75 Basis Points to A Range of 1.50% - 1.75% Image Copyright: BestCashCow

Cash is Trash No More - Federal Reserve Moves Fed Funds Rate Up by 75 Basis Points to A Range of 1.50% - 1.75%

The Federal Reserve has finally become much more serious about controlling inflation.   Inflation has gotten so hot by any measure, including core CPI, that Jay Powell can no longer keep his head in the sand.   His Fe... Read →

Federal Reserve Moves Fed Funds Rate up By 50 Basis Points to a Fed Funds Target of 0.75% to 1.00% Image Copyright: WSJ

Federal Reserve Moves Fed Funds Rate up By 50 Basis Points to a Fed Funds Target of 0.75% to 1.00%

The Federal Reserve has finally begun to act according to its mandate to maintain price stability, but inflation is already running rampant.  Today’s move is just the beginning of moves that will be necessary.  The Fed&rs... Read →

Mid-2022 is Just Not the Time to Buy Certificates of Deposit Image Copyright: BestCashCow

Mid-2022 is Just Not the Time to Buy Certificates of Deposit

My inbox is full of two types of emails from readers of BestCashCow and RatesAndInfo.com, a BestCashCow subsidiary.

The first is from those who are excited to have found a great CD rat... Read →

The Only Person with Balls in Russia (So Far) Image Courtesy: Reuters

The Only Person with Balls in Russia (So Far)

Regular readers of my articles will know that I lived in Moscow and practiced tax law there from 1994 to 1996.   I also spent time working in Russia and Ukraine in 1990.   My first trip to the former Soviet Union came... Read →

Fed Liftoff Day is Here Image Copyright: BestCashCow

Fed Liftoff Day is Here

The Federal Reserve has raised interest rates by 25 basis points today, moving the Fed funds target rate off of zero to a target of 0.25/0.50.   The target rate had been at zero since COVID-19 arrived on US shores more than two... Read →

Four Steps to Prepare for A Russian Cyberattack on the US Financial System Image Copyright: Moscow Times

Four Steps to Prepare for A Russian Cyberattack on the US Financial System

I practiced law in Moscow in the 1990s.   While there, I learned that Russian law is an oxymoron.   I also learned a lot about Russia and its strengths.  I am certain that in spite every precaution that US financ... Read →

Fed Ends January Meeting Planning to Raise Rates, but Not Until March Image Copyright: BestCashCow

Fed Ends January Meeting Planning to Raise Rates, but Not Until March

The Federal Reserve is going to be raising rates in 2022.  This action is desperately needed to fight inflation.  But, it isn’t ready to act now.

It has been clear that Federal Reserve Chairman Jay Powell has be... Read →

2022 Is Signaling Wealth Preservation Mode Image Copyright: BestCashCow

2022 Is Signaling Wealth Preservation Mode

I am old enough to remember October 1987.   I was a college freshman then and I remember my floormates calling their parents to inquire whether they would be able to stay enrolled in college.

I also have vivid memorie... Read →

Capital One Venture X is Probably Not a Replacement for Amex Platinum or Chase Sapphire Reserve Image Copyright: BestCashCow

Capital One Venture X is Probably Not a Replacement for Amex Platinum or Chase Sapphire Reserve

Capital One announced the Venture X card last month to great fanfare.   They paid the credit card bloggers handsomely to promote it with many of them obliging all too easily and changing the background of their sites to Capital... Read →

Two Credit Cards Stand Apart With Outstanding Reward Rates Across All Personal Spend Image Copyright: BestCashCow

Two Credit Cards Stand Apart With Outstanding Reward Rates Across All Personal Spend

Over the last several years, all major credit card companies have gotten into the business of promoting spend in certain categories by issuing cards that provide extra points (or cash back) in certain spend categories.   It sta... Read →

The Biden Administration Needs to Stop Appeasement of the Nuclear Lobby Image Indian Point, Copyright Wikopedia

The Biden Administration Needs to Stop Appeasement of the Nuclear Lobby

I follow developments in renewable energy and work in the space.   2021 has been a remarkable year for the decline in the cost of offshore wind.   We are seeing something similar in the solar/PV space.   It ... Read →

Here is How Banks Can Act Now On Climate Change Image Copyright: BestCashCow

Here is How Banks Can Act Now On Climate Change

At COP26 in Glasgow, unlike before, the financial world showed up and a group of 450 financial institutions pledged to invest $130 trillion in the transition to a low carbon world.

But, there is so much to be done and it is now... Read →

Federal Reserve Announces Slow Tapering, Fails to Provide Guidance on Raising Rates, Causes Loss of Purchasing Power for Savers Image Copyright: BestCashCow

Federal Reserve Announces Slow Tapering, Fails to Provide Guidance on Raising Rates, Causes Loss of Purchasing Power for Savers

The Federal Reserve has tapered its bond buying, beginning to contract its $120 billion monthly bond buying purchases that propped up the economy after COVID-19 struck in March 2020.  The bond buying will be decreasing by about $15 ... Read →

Examining the Banks’ Climate Policies Critically Image Copyright: BestCashCow

Examining the Banks’ Climate Policies Critically

It is pretty clear at this stage that those of us alive today and our children, grandchildren and their descendants are facing a climate crisis unlike anything the inhabitants of Earth have ever faced.   It is also very clear t... Read →