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Veteran Financial Advisor Says Another Stimulus Package May Do More Harm Than Good


Grand Rapids, MI 8/4/2009 -- In a recent article published on Bloomberg, two well known professors proposed another stimulus package, an idea thatís also been supported by an Obama advisor.

Dennis Tubbergen, in his financial services blog, weighed in on what another stimulus package and more debt might mean for the economy.

The Bloomberg article mentioned that the economy shrank 5.5 percent in the first quarter and 6.3 percent in the fourth quarter, which is the worst 6 month performance since 1958. Adding to the economic concern is the consumer savings rate which shot up to 6.9 percent in May.

And here is why this is bad news for the U.S. economy.

This economy is very dependent on consumer spending. According to a 2003 article published on CNN, consumer spending makes up about 70 percent of the US gross domestic product.

Professors Nouriel Roubini of New York University and Robert Shiller of Yale University are calling for a stimulus plan, which they believe will encourage more spending.

Tubbergen, in his blog post, says he doubts this will happen and, even if it does, it may only delay the economyís inevitable hard landing.

This recession is a credit driven recession, Tubbergen explains, and was created in large part by the Federal Reserve and the government. The crisis will likely not end by creating more debt; it will end when the huge debt burden on the government and on U.S. citizens has been dealt with.

For those who have accumulated wealth, Tubbergen believes they may need to look at dollar alternative investments and absolute returns* investment strategies.

For more information on Tubbergenís views and wealth management philosophy, visit

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