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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: Ebola fears infect markets

By John Browne
The World Health Organization announced last week that Ebola cases in West Africa could reach 10,000 a week by December — 10 times the current rate. They confirmed 8,914 cases, mostly in West Africa, in which 4,447 people had died. …

Gold melt favors stockpiling

By John Browne
By the end of September, gold had fallen some 9.5 percent on the year to $1,192.20 a fine ounce on the COMEX market. To short-term investors in gold, it was a depressing picture. For long-term “accumulators,” however, it suggested a …

Inversions signal flaw

By John Browne
At 40 percent, the United States has the highest corporate tax rate in the developed world. Companies have used loopholes to lower their tax bills by merging with foreign firms and moving their corporate addresses overseas in a strategy known …

Browne: Market correction on horizon?

By John Browne 11:16 a.m.
After impressive multi-year gains in American equity markets, experts have predicted for several months that a natural correction of about 10 percent is coming down the road. An uncertain economy and fears that the Federal Reserve might move up its …

Is it better to invest abroad, or stay at home?

By Tribune-Review 11:04 a.m.
President Obama on Wednesday outlined his plans to degrade and destroy Islamic terrorists in Iraq and Syria. Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve may hike interest rates earlier than expected, despite growing signs of a currency war among other nations hard pressed …

Retirees fret over economy

By John Browne
The Federal Reserve’s adoption of stimulus and a zero interest rate policy has boosted financial markets to ensure a “feel good” factor. Those fortunate enough to own financial assets have seen their wealth increase dramatically, but those relying solely on …

John Browne: Wall Street caught up in party

By John Browne
Financial markets rose substantially last week, which is not surprising given the previous weekend’s Federal Reserve symposium. Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen and European Central Bank president Mario Draghi appeared to re-enforce their Zero Interest Rate Policies. Draghi called for increased …

Recession evidence abounds

By John Browne
A highly uncertain economic outlook faced those attending the Federal Reserve’s annual symposium at the end of last week in Wyoming. The Jackson Hole location of the meeting, led by Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen and attended by European Central …

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 …

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