2021 has been a very positive year for economic growth worldwide, nevertheless, rumors of a looming recession are becoming more of a reality. Europe’s increase gas prices, China’s Omicron outbreak, and the US’s rapid inflation are blaring threat to an economic downfall that could have been avoided.
Recently, Ethereum (ETH), the second-largest cryptocurrency in terms of market capitalization, recorded an all-time high price of $4,840, surpassing the $4,800 mark for the first time ever. Other popular cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin and Litecoin, surged as well, extending their gains during what has been a bullish few months for the cryptocurrency market. In the following article, senior investing columnist Robert Liu takes a closer look at Ethereum and investigates the factors that have caused it to skyrocket.
Tapering – the end of quantitative easing – has finally arrived, bringing an epilogue to the era of cheap money. How will tapering impact the economy, and what does it mean for the common public? In this article, Financial Literacy columnist Bradley Tian examines the working and implications of the tapering process.
As the United States attempts to build back the economy in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, debate over raising the federal minimum wage rages in Congress. What will this measure cost us? How much will it help? We explore this and more in the following article as we make the case for why we need a $15 federal minimum wage.
About a year ago, I wrote this article about why the Fed was raising rates in trying to engineer a soft landing. The objective was to prevent an overheated economy and high inflation rates, given the record unemployment levels among other things. The theory goes that tight labor markets lead to wage growth. Wage growth leads to high inflation. Raising rates might prevent that. This was the sentiment at the Fed over a year ago.