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Is MMT A Free Lunch?

If you have been paying attention to the current political landscape, chances are you have heard the acronym MMT thrown around. But what exactly is MMT? In today’s post we will try to answer this question by boiling it down to its foundational substance. http://www.seasoninvestments.com/insights/is-mmt-a-free-lunch/

The Virtuous Circle

The Fed’s aggressive and creative policy response to the financial crisis is one of the most controversial and widely misunderstood financial topics in the modern era. The impact of the Fed’s actions on the real economy is debatable, but few would argue it has had significant influence on the psychology of financial market participants. http://www.seasoninvestments.com/insights/the-virtuous-circle/

Behind The Curtain

The Federal Reserve is tasked with promoting high employment and low inflation via the effective management of money and interest rates. But how? Let’s pull back the curtain on the three primary policy tools the Fed uses to implement policy. http://www.seasoninvestments.com/insights/behind-the-curtain/

The World’s Most Powerful Institution

In this week’s post we will look at two important eras in the history of the Federal Reserve which are marked by turning points that expanded the Fed’s mandate and eventually turned it into, as some would argue, the most powerful institution in the world. http://www.seasoninvestments.com/insights/the-worlds-most-powerful-institution/

Laying the Foundation for the Fed

The roots of the Federal Reserve can traced all the way back to our country’s origins and the American Revolutionary War. Although the US was able to successfully finance its war efforts and ultimately defeat the British, the value of the currency they used to finance the war quickly eroded to nothing after the war due to the fact that they had no formal institutional backing. http://www.seasoninvestments.com/insights/laying-the-foundation-for-the-fed/

A Recipe For Disaster

Yesterday the Congressional Budget Office released its analysis of the recently completed 2018 fiscal year. Unfortunately, despite an incredibly positive economic backdrop the Federal government’s debt and spending levels remain a grave concern. http://www.seasoninvestments.com/insights/a-recipe-for-disaster/

Shades of Gray

Many economists have criticized President Trump's stance on tariffs. But in the words of Thomas Jefferson, when it comes to matters of the economy, “no one axiom can be laid down as wise and expedient for all times and circumstances.” http://www.seasoninvestments.com/insights/shades-of-gray/

Hierarchy of Money

In our first post in this series, we talked about how money has implied value due to a society wide networking effect. We determined that one of the most important aspects of good money is that it is widely accepted. In this week’s post we’ll look at why certain forms of money, such as the US Dollar, are much more widely accepted than others. http://www.seasoninvestments.com/insights/hierarchy-of-money/

Why Save When You Can Live Now?

Following the financial crisis Americans entered “retrenchment” mode and spent nearly ten years focused on shoring up their lifestyle, reduced debt loads and saving money for longer-term purposes. It appears this mindset is finally melting away. http://www.seasoninvestments.com/insights/why-save-when-you-can-live-now/

The Perils of Low Volatility

Super accommodative monetary policy has been necessary to spur economic recovery and ensure markets don’t fall into a deflationary spiral. But these same policies which have kept interest rates at record lows for so long are creating vulnerabilities in the economy as debt levels continue to rise. http://www.seasoninvestments.com/insights/the-perils-of-low-volatility/

Is Good Advice Good Enough?

Giving someone “good advice” is rarely enough. Most of us already know what we should do, or what the right answer is…yet often times we still do the opposite. Advice moves from being “good” to being “effective” when it is tailored and delivered in such a way that actually spurs the behavioral change needed to attain the desired outcomes. http://www.seasoninvestments.com/insights/is-good-advice-good-enough/

The Private Equity Advantage

Over the past year, we have spent a good amount of time researching different options for our clients in the private equity space. In today’s post, we will look at private equity from a very high level to explain what it is exactly and why it might be a good addition to a well-diversified portfolio. http://www.seasoninvestments.com/insights/the-private-equity-advantage/

A 1031 Skeleton Key

A skeleton key is a type of master key that can open numerous locks. In the 1031 space, if we think of all the rules and constraints as locked doors, then today’s post is going to explain how a useful and somewhat under-utilized tool can be considered a skeleton key for unlocking all those doors and maximizing the value of an exchange. http://www.seasoninvestments.com/insights/a-1031-skeleton-key/

The Power of a 1031 Exchange

Real estate is one of the most commonly held assets on most investor’s balance sheets. For those that have real estate investments and want to continue leaving their money invested in real estate, a 1031 exchange is an extremely powerful tool which can be used to compound higher returns on a real estate portfolio. http://www.seasoninvestments.com/insights/the-power-of-a-1031-exchange/

Battle of the Brain

I’m sure everyone as experienced the internal struggle between short-term pleasures and long-term benefits, which is why it is so difficult to save for retirement. Even though our long-term, logical brain understands the merits and importance of saving for retirement, it must constantly do battle with our short-term emotional brain which is hell bent on immediate gratification. http://www.seasoninvestments.com/insights/battle-of-the-brain/

Burning A Hole In Our Pockets

Why do we all have such an innate desire to spend money? For many of us, it is as if money literally burns a hole in their pocket as it is spent faster than it can be accumulated. The desire to spend money and acquire things comes from an innate desire to boost our self-esteem. http://www.seasoninvestments.com/insights/burning-a-hole-in-our-pockets1/

The Dennis Rodman Effect

Dennis Rodman was a game changing player on the basketball court even though he was sub-par (at best) when it came to scoring. One could argue that the Pistons went from being a good basketball team to a championship team with his addition. Sometimes the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. http://www.seasoninvestments.com/insights/the-dennis-rodman-effect/

The Most Valuable Thing Money Can Buy

The number one reason people become a slave to their jobs/career is because they lack the discipline to save money. This week's post is about a young women who bucked the trend and retired at the age of 33 to pursue her dreams of traveling the world. http://www.seasoninvestments.com/insights/the-most-valuable-thing-money-can-buy/

NIRP Is The New ZIRP

Zero interest rates are intended to induce growth in borrowing, lending and general risk taking throughout the economy. But what happens when ZIRP doesn’t have its intended effect on economic activity? You move to the next logical extreme: NIRP. http://www.seasoninvestments.com/insights/nirp-is-the-new-zirp/

Ostrich Finance

In a recent study respondents were asked how they would pay for a $400 emergency. Rather surprisingly, 47% of the respondents indicated that they wouldn’t be able to cover the expense out of their savings or checking account balances. What does that say about our collective finances? http://www.seasoninvestments.com/insights/ostrich-finance/

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