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Episode 8: The Circle of Life…and Death: The Business Cycle

For centuries, economies across the globe have had booms and they’ve had busts. As we all know, the booms are a good time and the busts, well, not so good of a time. But is this normal? Should economies have a business cycle? In this episode of Breaking Bad Advice, Isaac and Joel take a dive into the business cycle as we know it today and discuss the implications of an overly aggressive Federal Reserve, as well as a look at where we are in today’s “business cycle”.

Episode 7: Bearing Down a Bear Market

With the economy seemingly flying into very choppy conditions, the Federal Reserve is doing everything they can to fight off inflation. However, will the rising of interest rates to combat the inflation, send the economy and markets into a tailspin? Is a recession imminent? On this episode of Breaking Bad Advice, Isaac and Joel take a deeper dive into what has got us to this point, as well as what likely lies ahead.

Episode 6: The Bond Market: Shaken, Not Stirred

As prices of everyday goods seemingly only continue to increase at a rapid pace, most are calling for this inflation to be long lasting.  However, a look into one of the most accurate predictors, the treasury market, we can see that there may be a different story unfolding on inflation.  While the bond market seems to be shaken, it is certainly not stirred by long-term investors.

Episode 4: Inflation: Taxation Without Legislation

This year Christmas has not only brought with it a heavy dose of hot chocolate, carols, and cookies. It has included a lot of higher prices. Recently, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) informed us that prices rose by an average of almost 7% from November 2020 to November 2021 – the sharpest rise in prices in nearly 40 years! What does this BLS statistic mean? What factors are causing these price increases? Will prices continue to rise? Is all the money printing in Washington creating inflation? What is inflation, anyway?

Episode 3: DEBT: The Good, The Bad, and The Really Ugly Part 2

Debt doesn’t have to be a bad word. It can be used productively. But like any tool, it’s misuse can lead to more harm than good. In part 1, we discussed corporate debt along with debts that many households deal with today. In part 2, we will discuss the really ugly use of debt at the federal level and what it could mean for the future.

Episode 2: Debt: The Good, The Bad, and The Really Ugly Part 1

Our modern culture is surrounded by debt. Households, businesses, and especially governments are accumulating debt at a record pace. Is this bad? Does this spell imminent doom for our economy? Does it even matter? In the next two episodes, we will ask and answer these questions and more.

Episode 1: Inflation & Interest Rates

In the first ever episode of Breaking Bad Advice, Joel Hooper and Isaac Halls discuss the thing that is seemingly affecting everyone, inflation. Also discussed, is the ultra-low interest rate environment that we have today and what kind of impact that is having on the economy. Plus, where do we go from here?