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Starting in late 2008, with a touch of a keyboard, the Fed created trillions of dollars to buy bonds. The banks that sold the bonds ended up with reserves; reserves are used only among banks, however, so very little of that money made it into the economy. To push new money into the economy, the Fed also bought bonds from non-banks, such as pension plans and asset managers.
SEPs are supercharged IRAs, following the same rules but allowing for higher contributions. In 2020, the self-employed can contribute the lesser of (a) $57,000 or (b) 20% of their net adjusted income (gross income from self-employment minus expenses and half of one’s self-employment tax).
Trade deficits reduce economic growth, according to a theory posited by the great 18th-century Scottish economist and philosopher David Hume. The outflow of gold to pay the shortfall (trade deficit) would contract the money supply and automatically lead to the reduction of domestic prices as if by an ‘invisible hand.’[i]