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Give Me Liberty or Give Me Debt: Exploding Cost of Fireworks

With the 4th of July approaching, many are getting ready for travel, cookouts, and the All-American Fireworks Spectacular. But with supply chain issues and inflation ravaging the economy, the cost of Independence Day celebrations is higher than ever, and many fireworks displays across the country are being canceled as a result.

Bryan Aungst, Contributing Writer

The Economic Impacts of an Abortion Ban

The Supreme Court's landmark decision to overturn Roe v. Wade impacts not only women, but the financial sector as a whole. Senior Account Executive Samantha Clark examines how the ruling may influence economic opportunity.

Samantha Clark, Senior Account Executive

Can Biden Help Affordable Housing?

Vested Chief Economist Milton Ezrati shares his thoughts on President Biden's 5-point affordable housing program and how market limitations could affect outcomes.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

Weakening Household Finances

Vested Chief Economist Milton Ezrati explores how budget constraints will slow consumer spending growth for The Epoch Times.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

Roots of America's Labor Shortage

There are many theories as to why the nation is facing a labor shortage. Vested Chief Economist Milton Ezrati explores various explanations and attempts to get to the root of the problem.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

Father's Day Spending Index 2022

For many, Dad taught us our earliest financial lessons. Turn off the lights. Don’t touch the thermostat. You don’t need new shoes until your white New Balance sneakers are completely green from mowing the lawn 1,000 times. You know, the basics. With Father’s Day a few days away, most of us will be looking for a way to repay the man who raised us for all the insights, encouragement, and lessons in frugality.

Bryan Aungst, Contributing Writer

However Bright Stuff Looks, there is Always Trouble

The digital revolution is well underway, but it's important to consider the environmental impact of new technologies. Vested Chief Economist Milton Ezrati discusses tech-related energy use and implications for the future.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

Inflation Will Lead Inexorably to Recession

With inflationary pressure confronting the economy, Chief Economist Milton Ezrati believes recession is on the horizon. Here, he shares his thoughts on timing and outcomes with Forbes.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

Eric Hazard Talks Financial Literacy and How to Manage Its Complexities

Vested managing director and CEO of Vested Ventures Eric Hazard joins NBC News Radio to discuss financial literacy and how people can get started on the path toward a more informed financial future.

Caroline McMullan, Agency Marketing Specialist

How Inflation will Impact the Cost of Your Memorial Day Picnic

Inflation is driving up the price of just about everything these days. That means your Memorial Day picnic is going to be a bit pricier this year.

Bryan Aungst, Contributing Writer

Milton Ezrati on the Economy, Housing Market and the Possibility of an Upcoming Recession

Vested Chief Economist Milton Ezrati joins managing director Jacqueline Gogel to discuss the current housing market and whether the economy is positioned for recession.

Caroline McMullan, Agency Marketing Specialist

Inaction in Europe Makes the Fed's Anti-inflation Fight Tougher

Inflation will persist as a problem on both sides of the Atlantic as the ECB weighs its options. Vested Chief Economist Milton Ezrati offers insights on what the coming months might hold.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

April Showers Bring Q2 Revenue Boosts

Dive into springtime with a look into the home and garden sector and how it's changed over the last few years.

Bryan Aungst, Contributing Writer

Milton Ezrati on TD Ameritrade Network: Recession Is Coming, Inflation Is The Villain

Vested's Chief Economist Milton Ezrati joined TD Ameritrade Network's "Market on Close" to discuss how the Fed's fight against inflation, rising interest rates, and restrained credit could bring on a recession.

Caroline McMullan, Agency Marketing Specialist

The Revealing Economics of the Metaverse

Vested's Chief Economist Milton Ezrati takes a look at the economics of the metaverse, and how they parallel the "real" world.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

You Can’t Put a Price on a Mother’s Love, But You Can Try

Mother's Day 2022 will see record spending in the U.S. How does it stack up to previous years?

Bryan Aungst, Contributing Writer

May the 4th Be with You: The Economics of Nostalgia

On the holiest of holidays in Geekdom, we look at the value of original Star Wars memorabilia on today's market and see how the toys stack up against the S&P 500 over the years.

Bryan Aungst, Contributing Writer

Inflation-fighting Policy Failure Seems Unavoidable

Vested's Chief Economist looks at the Fed and ECB responses to fighting inflation.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

Housing: Poised for Trouble

Residential real estate may be due for a correction. Vested's Chief Economist paints a picture of what the future could hold.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

Recession on the Horizon

Vested's Chief Economist explores how today’s inflation is laying the groundwork for a significant and fundamental recession further out on the horizon.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

Investing in the Metaverse

Investing in the metaverse may not be as revolutionary as some believe.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

US Economy: Slowing Growth and Inflation

Vested's Chief Economist Milton Ezrati explores economic indicators that paint a picture of slowing post-pandemic recovery amid ongoing inflation.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

Vested Ventures Makes Strategic Investment in Fintech Startup, Qoins

Qoins is a financial planning app that helps users pay down debt and achieve financial goals through automation.

Bryan Aungst, Contributing Writer

Milton Ezrati on TD Ameritrade Network: "Required Rate Increases Could Cause a Recession"

Vested Chief Economist Milton Ezrati on the TD Ameritrade Network show "Morning Trade Live" discussing inflation and the risk of a possible recession.

Keren Unrad, Head of Agency Marketing

Buy Me Some Peanuts and Cracker Jacks, I am Never Going to Financially Recover from This

As baseball fans return to the stands, concession costs creep higher.

Bryan Aungst, Contributing Writer

A Universal Basic Income?

Milton Ezrati gives his thoughts on the idea of a Universal Basic Income and thinks "the idea to give a free cash stipend to everyone is wrongheaded".

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

War and the Price at the Pump

Vested's Chief Economist, Milton Ezrati weighs in on the impacts of the war in Ukraine on the prices we're paying at the pump.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

Modern Comms is More Substance than Style - a Reminder from EVRi

Earlier this month, EVRi (formerly Hermes), one of the UK’s best known delivery companies announced a complete corporate rebrand in a likely bid to remove itself from its toxic brand identity.

Henry Adams, UK Associate Director

The Fed Does As Expected, Giving Reason for Both Relief and Disappointment

Milton Ezrati gives his analysis of the Fed's recent interest rate increase.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

Five Facts About Women and Finance: Supporting Financial Literacy for Women

During Women’s History Month, we want to emphasize the importance of women increasing their wealth through education. Here are five facts about women and finance that should encourage you to prioritize financial literacy.

Mansura Ghaffar, Contributing Writer

From the Frontlines of Ukraine: A Follow Up with Yuriy Matsarsky

Qwoted's Editor In Chief, Lou Carlozo conducts a follow-up interview on March 18 with Yuriy Matsarsky, the Ukrainian journalist-turned-soldier to get an update on the conditions in the war zone.

Keren Unrad, Head of Agency Marketing

Sanctions Will Weigh Heavily

Milton Ezrati speculates on the effects current global sanctions will have on the economy of Russia.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

Milton Ezrati Discusses the War in Ukraine and Possible Recession on KNX News "In Depth"

Vested Chief Economist Milton Ezrati weighs in on how the war in Ukraine will affect the American economy.

Keren Unrad, Head of Agency Marketing

Banks and Fintech May Miss the Expected 2022 Lending Surge

Vested's Chief Economist, Milton Ezrati, warns that the projected lending surge, may not be as promising as it appears.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

What's the Deal with the Digital Dollar?

With cryptocurrencies gaining in popularity, is the digital dollar far behind?

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

Building Financial Resilience With America Saves Week

America Saves Week is happening now! And this year’s theme is all about building financial resilience. Here are America Save’s top five tips for boosting your financial resilience this week.

Keren Unrad, Head of Agency Marketing

Women Are Not Returning to the Workforce After the Pandemic

Many women who worked before the pandemic remain at home.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

FinTech and the Regulators

Regulation is coming for the global FinTech industry, but how smoothly it goes over still remains to be seen.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

Valentine's Day Spending: How Much Do People Spend In The Name Of Love?

Valentine’s Day spending is expected to hit $23.9 billion in 2022, with the average person doling out around $175.41 on their significant other. Here’s a closer look.

Cassidy Horton, Contributing Writer

Milton Ezrati Discusses Inflation on KNX News "In Depth"

Vested Chief Economist Milton Ezrati joins KNX News "In Depth" to discuss inflation and if there is any end in sight.

Keren Unrad, Head of Agency Marketing

In defence of EastEnders - how pop culture shapes finance

Self-professed financial services geeks shouldn’t care about who killed whom on EastEnders, right? Corporate business strategies bear no relation to Keeping Up With The Kardashians… Well… not quite. Celebrity and pop culture has always influenced the status quo, which in turn impacts how consumers interact with financial services firms. As well as the social reforms that came about thanks to his writing, Charles Dickens is widely accredited to have given us the cultural blueprint for the ‘traditional’ Christmas we know today.

Lucy Mundy, Associate Director

Capital Spending Points to Growth, At Least for the Time Being

Milton Ezrati hints that an increase in capital spending may be an indication that economic recovery is coming.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

Milton Ezrati Discusses Consumer Confidence on Yahoo Finance

Vested Chief Economist Milton Ezrati joins Yahoo Finance Live to discuss consumer confidence, inflation and real estate.

Keren Unrad, Head of Agency Marketing

Doing Well, but Feeling Worried Nonetheless

Americans know more about inflation and the economy than the media gives them credit for, but the real indication of how they feel about the current state of affairs is in their spending habits.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

What Happened Last Time is Not Encouraging

Milton Ezrati warns that Washington's aggressive spending could lead to inflation rates similar to the 1970's.

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

Robinhood's 2021 PR Crisis

Vested's Eric Hazard comments on Robinhood's 2021 PR crisis in PRovoke Media's roundup of the top 20 PR Crises of 2021.

Keren Unrad, Head of Agency Marketing

Milton Ezrati Previews December Jobs Report on Cheddar News

Milton Ezrati speaks to Cheddar News about what to expect in the December jobs report

Erica Thompson, Head of Agency Marketing

Here We Go Again --- Maybe

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist

The meaning of being customer-led

Elspeth Rothwell, CEO UK, Vested

A wiser way to go public

Linden Gregory, Senior Account Manager, Vested

JPMorgan Chase Adds Nutmeg to its U.K. Launch Plans

Alex Bayliss, Associate Director, Vested

Reaching B2B Audiences in a B2H Way

Katie Spreadbury, UK Managing Director

The Battle For British Capitalism

Danny Calogero, Director

Next Up on the Legislative Front: Infrastructure

Milton Ezrati, Chief Economist