asset bubbles

Sweden's Central Bank Is Fighting the Next Bubble

While most of the world's central banks are still fighting the last war, Sweden's Riksbank has moved on to the next one. Rather than looking at conventional inflation gauges, the world's oldest central bank is basing its actions on asset-price growth in an effort to prevent the next bubble.

Why Gold Rose 420% in Eight Years: Blame It on the ETF

Gold is on a record bull run, up from $328 in 2002 to $1,375 an ounce today. What caused that steep rise wasn't any inherent increase in gold's value to society, but a clever marketing scheme that allowed it to be traded easily without the hassle of physical delivery: The SPDR Gold ETF.

Markets Are On the Rise Since the Fed Launched QE2

Republican leaders may be worried about the Federal Reserve's second round of quantitative easing, but the stock and credit markets are not: They have improved significantly since the QE2 plan was announced, Bloomberg reported Friday. But can that rally be solely attributed to QE2?

10 Market Bubbles That Could Soon Burst

Everyone now knows that real estate values were inflated in a massive bubble a few years ago. While that's clear in hindsight, it raises the disturbing question: what other assets could be in a bubble right now? The experts we asked gave us a long list.

Why the Fed's Economic Plan Is Failing

Bernanke & Co.'s zero-interest-rate policy is backfiring or having even more pernicious results. Only the wealthy benefit from rising financial assets, as average Americans -- encouraged to add to their indebtedness -- are further impoverished. Risky speculation is again being rewarded.

Despite Pressure, the Fed Is Low on Options

Home sales are way down, unemployment is still high, and investors are waiting for the Federal Reserve to take action. But while passions run high about what the Fed should do next, its ability to move the needle on GDP growth or unemployment may be more limited than most assume.