Anthony Mirhaydari's latest articles on MSN Money Anthony Mirhaydari's latest articles on economic trends, investing and hot financial topics.2011 Microsoften-us60Financial writer Anthony MirhaydariCan we save the US economy?Five years after the financial crisis, the economy is still just limping along. It's clear that deeper problems are plaguing the country. We can solve them -- but will we?Wed, 25 Sep 2013 22:30:00 GMT Mirhaydari, MSN MoneyCaution: Budget fight dead aheadWith the Federal Reserve's decision to keep stimulus going, stocks are moving on up. But the looming fight over the federal budget, taxes and spending could end the party for all of us. Wed, 18 Sep 2013 16:45:00 GMT Mirhaydari, MSN MoneyCheap money or not, the Fed can't winWhether the Federal Reserve decides to ‘taper’ its money-printing on Sept. 18 or wait until later, the market will take a hit. It’s best to watch from the sidelines.Wed, 11 Sep 2013 14:45:00 GMT Mirhaydari, MSN MoneyWhy Syria scares the marketThe specter of a military intervention in a volatile region is bad enough. But the aftermath could hit the economy right where it's most vulnerable.Wed, 04 Sep 2013 18:15:00 GMT Mirhaydari, MSN MoneyWhen will the selling stop?Stay nimble and prepare for a busy autumn. The market is going to be much more volatile -- and more exciting -- as 2013 winds down.Wed, 28 Aug 2013 18:30:00 GMT Mirhaydari, MSN MoneyWhy higher rates are a good thingThe warm blanket of the Fed's easy money is about to be removed, and the free market is about to reassert itself.Wed, 21 Aug 2013 18:00:00 GMT Mirhaydari, MSN MoneyWhere inflation sticks it to consumersInflation overall has been mild, but it may not feel that way, because prices for basics like rent, hospital bills, even a simple apple have been rising fast. Here's where consumers are hit the hardest.Wed, 14 Aug 2013 22:30:00 GMT Mirhaydari, MSN MoneyWhy prices are about to go upAfter fading away 2 years ago, inflation is poised for a comeback. But so far, the market remains in denial.Wed, 07 Aug 2013 19:30:00 GMT Mirhaydari, MSN MoneyWill DC break the economy again?Budget cuts and global issues have sucked out some of the wind, but a turn for the better seems imminent -- unless another round of budget infighting in Washington gets in the way.Wed, 31 Jul 2013 22:00:00 GMT Anthony Mirhaydari, MSN MoneyNo recovery for the middle class Now 5 years in, the recovery still doesn't feel like one for many American families -- in part because a long middle class decline is still under way. Here's a look at the crunch, by the numbers.Thu, 25 Jul 2013 19:15:00 GMT Mirhaydari, MSN MoneyNo recovery for the middle class Now 5 years in, the recovery still doesn't feel like one for many American families -- in part because a long middle class decline is still under way. Here's a look at the crunch, by the numbers.Thu, 25 Jul 2013 18:15:00 GMT Mirhaydari, MSN MoneyGold is ready to shine againDoes the recent rebound in prices signal a long-term turnaround for the precious metal? Here's why it just might.Wed, 17 Jul 2013 17:00:00 GMT Mirhaydari, MSN MoneyTo Dow 16,000 and beyond?After hitting record highs in the spring, the Dow and S&P 500 were ripe for a reversal. If June’s slide was that pullback, it may be buying time again.Wed, 10 Jul 2013 17:00:00 GMT Mirhaydari, MSN Money5 picks for a July reboundAfter a serious scare, the mild pullback in stocks seems to be ending -- so unless Egypt blows up or some other calamity arises, we should see a rebound. Here are 5 plays worth a look.Tue, 02 Jul 2013 18:00:00 GMT Mirhaydari, MSN MoneyCan the economy survive the Fed?Cheap money from the Federal Reserve has been the primary force keeping the market high and the economy on a recovery path. But can they keep it up when the stimulus ends?Wed, 26 Jun 2013 17:30:00 GMT Mirhaydari, MSN MoneyThe next big 401k wipeout: BondsLooking for safety after the last market crash, investors poured retirement savings into bonds. But prices are falling, which means painful sales or being locked into low returns for years.Wed, 19 Jun 2013 19:00:00 GMT Mirhaydari, MSN MoneyWe need CEOs to get to workThe Fed and Washington have poured money into the economy. Americans are eager for jobs and ready to spend. But too many CEOs are coasting rather than taking risks, starting new ventures and hiring people.Wed, 12 Jun 2013 17:15:00 GMT Mirhaydari, MSN MoneyTarget and 2 others to buy on a dipWith the market at a crossroads, here are 3 solid companies to keep your eye on. Buy their stocks when the price is right. Wed, 05 Jun 2013 13:45:00 GMT Mirhaydari, MSN MoneyDeflation, recession are in the cardsWhile the market moves ever higher, commodities and other signals suggest a washout is coming. Of course, that won’t matter in the near term if the market kicks into bubble mode this summer.Wed, 29 May 2013 17:30:00 GMT Mirhaydari, MSN MoneyBeware: Market insiders are sellingEven as new highs draw mom-and-pop investors back into the market, it looks like the so-called smart money is getting out. Here’s what they see coming.Wed, 22 May 2013 18:15:00 GMT Mirhaydari, MSN MoneyWhy gold won't stay downInvestors have beaten down precious metals prices even as economic signals suggest they should be moving up soon. Is this a rare buying opportunity?Wed, 15 May 2013 17:45:00 GMT Mirhaydari, MSN MoneyObama's recovery has failedYes, the recession ended, but the pace of the recovery has been slow and now it's stalling out. Where next? No one in Washington, including the president, seems to know.Wed, 01 May 2013 20:30:00 GMT Mirhaydari, MSN MoneyHas the next crisis begun?The Bank of Japan's latest economy-saving efforts seem likely to trigger another Asian currency crunch. And that, along with a weakening US economy, will blindside a lot of investors.Wed, 24 Apr 2013 19:45:00 GMT Mirhaydari, MSN MoneyCommodities crash, recession loomsPullbacks in commodity prices preceded stock market reversals in 2011 and 2012. Something similar is happening again -- but this time the downturn will be far worse. Here's why.Wed, 17 Apr 2013 19:45:00 GMT Mirhaydari, MSN MoneyThe bull market's last standAmid a slowing economy and frothy markets, policymakers are waging war on cautious savers. Investors shouldn't be euphoric -- they should be terrified.Wed, 10 Apr 2013 18:15:00 GMT Mirhaydari, MSN MoneyIt's time to 'tax' the 'poor'The bottom line on the nation's fiscal crisis is this: We need more people employed and paying taxes. We need the poor -- and the job creators -- to get to work.Wed, 03 Apr 2013 17:30:00 GMT Mirhaydari, MSN MoneyWhy we need 'death panels'We're taxing young people and running up debt to fund an overpriced system and offer end-of-life 'care' that may not do much good. It's time to put scary monikers aside.Wed, 20 Mar 2013 17:15:00 GMT Mirhaydari, MSN MoneyAmerica's austerity madnessWith the budget sequester and recent tax hikes kicking in, Americans are starting to feel a pinch that will only get worse. But sadly, what's been done so far won't fix the country's finances. Wed, 06 Mar 2013 17:45:00 GMT Mirhaydari, MSN MoneyWhy there's no way Obama can winLetting the budget cuts known as sequestration kick in could send the nation into recession, but a delay won't solve anything, either.Wed, 27 Feb 2013 18:30:00 GMT Mirhaydari, MSN MoneyGas below $4, or Dow 14,000?Central banks have fueled the markets with cheap money, but that means inflation -- and rising prices at the pump. The problem? For most of us, the gain isn't worth the pain.Thu, 21 Feb 2013 03:15:00 GMT Mirhaydari, MSN MoneyIt's politicians vs. the rallyRecent scandals and a return to infighting, along with currency wars, could stall the stock market's recent momentum.Thu, 07 Feb 2013 02:45:00 GMT Mirhaydari, MSN MoneyWhy Washington can't fix the budgetAmericans want low taxes and government largesse, and are ready to punish anyone who says that's not possible. Is it any wonder politicians are afraid of hard choices?Thu, 24 Jan 2013 00:30:00 GMT Mirhaydari, MSN MoneyWhy $16.4 trillion debt isn't enoughWe have to pay the bills and fix the economy, but we also need to set a course for a solvent future. As the debt ceiling and other crises loom, Washington doesn't seem up to the task.Wed, 09 Jan 2013 19:45:00 GMT Mirhaydari, MSN MoneyAn epic bear market is comingEvidence is mounting that stocks could fall to 2011 lows -- or worse. Such a drop would be worth at least 21% from here.Wed, 02 Jan 2013 21:45:00 GMT Mirhaydari, MSN MoneyA happy new year -- eventuallyWith all the economic woes we're facing as we roll into 2013, it may seem like the very idea of investing and winning is dead. But if you give up now, you'll miss the turnaround.Thu, 27 Dec 2012 02:00:00 GMT Anthony Mirhaydari, MSN MoneyWelcome to the new recessionIt may not have felt like it, but stocks have been in a 4-year bull market. That's coming to an end as a new recession nears -- and in fact, may already be here.Wed, 19 Dec 2012 16:00:00 GMT Mirhaydari, MSN MoneySmarter ways to tap the richSimply letting the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans expire won't fix the fiscal mess. Two creative ideas: Public-private infrastructure projects and a one-time, 26% wealth tax.Wed, 12 Dec 2012 16:15:00 GMT Mirhaydari, MSN MoneyWhy not jump off the fiscal cliff?Washington seems ill-prepared for serious budget work. The shock treatment of tax hikes and spending cuts just might spur responsible action.Wed, 05 Dec 2012 19:00:00 GMT Anthony Mirhaydari, MSN MoneyBitter pill: Lower pay, higher pricesFor America to get its economic act together again, we need to accept a weaker dollar. This strengthens our exports and will help cut our debt. But this prescription will be painful.Wed, 28 Nov 2012 18:45:00 GMT Mirhaydari, MSN MoneyNow we need the old ObamaWe need a return of the 2008-vintage president to reach across the aisle and restore confidence if we’re going to avoid another recession.Wed, 14 Nov 2012 20:00:00 GMT Mirhaydari, MSN MoneyWill Sandy blow down the economy?Damages and lost business are estimated at $50 billion. But by rattling consumers and Wall Street, the storm's real toll could be much greater.Wed, 31 Oct 2012 18:45:00 GMT Mirhaydari, MSN MoneyHow we can avoid the fiscal cliffWhether Washington has the will to make hard decisions is a big question, but there is a way out of this mess. Plus: How investors can prepare for the rough road ahead.Wed, 24 Oct 2012 20:00:00 GMT Mirhaydari, MSN Money