Tag Archives: Economic Growth

Joel

Looming “Fiscal Cliff” Continues to Fuel Economic Uncertainty

One month, the numbers tell us that economic conditions are softening, the next month we discover the economy is on the rise.  It almost sounds like a political debate where the views of reality are so different it is hard  Continue Reading »

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Joel

Competing Forces Put the Economy in a Delicate Balance

The conventions are over but they didn’t clarify much.  President Obama argues that the economy is recovering and he is the best person to complete the job while Mr. Romney says he has the best plan to create jobs.  Exactly  Continue Reading »

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Joel

Despite Some Questionable Reports, the Economy is Still in Good Shape

The economic data were great for months.  And then came March. A string of less than stellar reports raised questions about the state of the economy. In particular, job growth slumped and housing starts cratered. But not all the data  Continue Reading »

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High Oil Prices or Not, the Economy Is Proceeding Full Speed Ahead!

In 2008 and in 2011, high oil prices led to consumers losing hope and cutting back spending.  While gasoline above $4.00 by itself did not crater the economy, it did play a major role in its slowdown.  At least for  Continue Reading »

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Joel

Economic Recovery Still Challenged by European Concerns and Energy Prices

Consumers and businesses keep telling us conditions are bad. But the recent economic data have been surprisingly solid, pointing to an accelerating recovery. Unfortunately, the economy has had nothing but bad luck and the problems facing Europe and rising energy  Continue Reading »

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Joel

Reports of the Economy’s Demise Appear Premature

After the bizarre August events, investors, commentators, politicians and not a few economists became convinced the economy was headed directly into a double-dip recession.  Well, the path from growth to decline is not as clear as many thought.  Job growth  Continue Reading »

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Joel

The Key to Economic Recovery? Overcoming Fear

Maybe fear is not the only thing we have to fear, but it is the key problem facing the economy. The drum beat of negative economic news is dominating the information networks:  The economy isn’t creating any new jobs.  Inflation  Continue Reading »

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Joel

2011 Economic Recovery: A Slow-Moving Roller Coaster?

So far this year the economy has been on quite the roller coaster ride.  After a slow start, the job market heated up and by April, conditions were looking a lot better.  But then gasoline prices surged and consumers began  Continue Reading »

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Summer’s Economic “Soft Spot”

Summertime and the living is still not easy. Job growth has stumbled, consumer confidence has faded, and business expectations have eased. Clearly, the economy has hit a soft spot. Does that mean a double-dip recession is possible? Right now, that  Continue Reading »

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Oil Price Declines Should Boost Economic Growth This Summer

Bubbles inflate. Bubbles burst. When the last major bubble – housing – exploded, it crashed the financial sector and ultimately the economy. This time, the piercing of the oil balloon should remove one of the major hurdles to stronger economic  Continue Reading »

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