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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

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

By Tribune-Review
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 …

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 …

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