Take my word for it. We’re in a recession. It affects you as an investor and as a consumer. Is there anything that can bring us out of this economic tailspin? It’s time to ask a few questions about the leading candidates:

1. Inflation. If we can stop inflation and make the consumer feel better about spending, the U.S. could spend its way out of the doldrums, yes?

2. Fed cuts. Can the Fed stimulate the economy by cutting rates even more?

3. Employment. Will we have to wait for jobs to start increasing again?

4. Housing. Will nothing good happen until the housing market bottoms and real estate prices start to go up?

5. Credit crunch. The banks are in crisis. They’re also not lending as much as they used to. Can the economy rebound while banks are floundering?

6. Iraq. Getting out would save the U.S. boatloads of money. But is that a difference-maker?

7. Stimulus checks. They sent ’em. We’re spending ’em. Could it really be that simple?

One of the above solutions makes sense to me. But I want to know what you think. Let me know in the comments section of ETR, right here. And then… I’ll tell you what I think.

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Andrew Gordon

Andrew Gordon is a former editorial contributor for Early To Rise Investor’s Edition. He has 20 years of experience working in infrastructure and environmental projects around the world. When he wasn’t traveling, he taught marketing and finance courses at the state university of Maryland. Mr. Gordon has authored several books for McGraw Hill and other publishing companies on energy markets, global countertrade practices and the hot growth sectors of China and Russia. He is also a top-rated speaker at financial conferences.