Both of this year’s presumptive candidates are “low interest rate” people, all right. Their adult lives were marked by the credit cycle and their careers shaped by ballooning debt. And now, almost the entire world economy depends on low rates. We live on Planet Debt.
On the back of extremely heavy volume, Biotech and Pharma stocks soared moments ago, following yesterday's surprising weakness. What was the catalyst? As it turns out, Medicare spending didn’t trigger initiation of the Independent Payment Advisory Board to slash costs, a relief for the beleaguered drug industry whose shares have slumped since the start of the year.
Waa! It’s not fair! We baby boomers were told that if we worked hard and saved, we could spend the last quarter of our lives living comfortably and free from financial worries. Our parents told us. Our employers told us. Even the government told us. But now that we are reaching retirement age, the promise is beginning to feel like a fraud.