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John Browne, a financial analyst and former member of the British Parliament, is a financial columnist for the Tribune-Review. John Browne can be reached via e-mail

John Browne: Trade sanctions bite back

By John Browne
Initial calls for American-led sanctions against Russia over Crimea and Ukraine met with less than universal enthusiasm. Now that the costs of trade sanctions imply damage to a world with worrying threats of recession, economists are expressing concerns. Within an …

Equity markets get jitters

By John Browne
A rebounding economy, increased corporate earnings and satisfactory job creation have failed to calm jitters that pushed the stock market down from recent highs. The failure of two mega-merger deals — Twenty-First Century Fox’s bid for Time Warner and Sprint’s …

John Browne: ‘GO’ data expand picture

By John Browne
Keynesian, or “demand-side,” economists maintain that the pivotal measure of economic growth is the gross domestic product, which is the total goods and services produced by a nation. “Supply-side” economists of the Austrian School favor production output as the key …

Consumer doubts   justified

By John Browne
Consumer confidence is regarded generally as a prerequisite to economic revival. Despite a gain of 3 points last week, Gallup’s U.S. Economic Confidence Index reported on Tuesday that its latest survey found confidence at minus 15. That figure is flat …

John Browne: Yellen follows in Greenspan’s footsteps

By John Browne
In what many felt was a generally dry speech, then-Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan spoke to the American Enterprise Institute in 1996 about the inverse relationship exhibited by price/earnings ratios and the rate of inflation in the past. “But how …

John Browne: Housing woes hurt growth

By John Browne
Speculation in housing was pivotal in causing the Great Recession. Dismissing history, investors and lenders believed that real estate values would climb continuously. This misconception fueled a historic boom in house prices. This resulted in mounting speculation that was funded …

Judgment in markets political

By John Browne
A strong jobs report just before the Fourth of July sent the Dow Jones Industrial Average to a record close of more than 17,000 for the first time on Thursday at 17,068.26. The market took off from the start. The …

John Browne: Fed can have major impact on ordinary people

By John Browne
Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen appeared to discard important benchmarks established by her predecessor as guidelines for reducing easy money policies during a recent news conference. Many financial commentators saw Yellen’s June 18 announcements as “dovish” and having no …

Bond fund exit fees hurt investors

By John Browne
Led by the Federal Reserve Board, powerful central banks have maintained policies to keep interest rates at zero percent. Through forward guidance, the central banks of England, Japan and the European Union have joined the Fed to reassure markets that …

John Browne: Degree payoff not a given

By John Browne
A difficult job market likely will cause many college graduates to question the cost of their four-year college education, often financed by student loans. Evolving industries and explosive growth of the Internet probably will worsen the situation. Last week, President …

John Browne: Markets to climb with risks

By John Browne
Despite negative one percent growth for the economy for the first quarter of this year, equity and bond markets continue to rise in unison. Consumers continue to suck in imports, sending the United States balance of payments deficit to $47.2 …

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