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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

Roadblocks Continue to Stand in the Way of Economic Growth

The economy continues to expand and that it does is an amazing feat in itself.  OK, growth did slow in the spring but the pace was a bit faster than expected.  Whether conditions will stabilize or even improve or whether  Continue Reading »

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Joel

Instability in Europe Hampers Economy at Home

It’s hard to move forward when the headwinds are blowing strongly.  We have an election that is causing uncertainty about what shape policy will take next year.  There is a January 1st fiscal cliff where huge spending cuts and tax  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

The Economy is Starting to Shift Gears, But Issues Remain

In my outlook for 2012, I ended by saying that “2012 should be quite a bit better than 2011.” Well, we are already seeing signs that the improvement is already under way. Job growth has picked up sharply, the unemployment  Continue Reading »

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Signs Point to Stronger Economy in 2012

What an amazing year. It started out positively as businesses were hiring again, confidence increased and growth seemed poised to change gears. But then gasoline prices broke the critical $4.00 a gallon level and consumers got worried. There was also  Continue Reading »

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