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August 2013 Economic Overview

August 2013 Economic Overview

US manufacturing seems to be growing, but not particularly strongly, and that is the refrain throughout the nation. Durable goods rose more than forecast in June which should help manufacturing and the economy in general in the second half of the year. Bookings for goods meant to last at least three years increased 4.2 percent, led by [...]

July 2013 Economic Overview

July 2013 Economic Overview

Little change in slow growth both the data and the debates continue to point toward 2% GDP growth, 2% or less inflation, and near-zero overnight interest rates. The downturn in the Eurozone (Germany excepted) persists and is unlikely to end soon. Consumer confidence is at a five-year high. It has risen three straight months, reaching 81.4 in [...]

February 2013 Economic Overview

February 2013 Economic Overview

The US economy in 2013 is looking for a puff of wind to get it moving again. Seemingly every bit of positive economic news is offset by some that is negative: the most visible clouds on the horizon are angry and dark and coming from Washington, President Obama wants Congress to authorize an increase that will allow the government to pay its bills [...]

October 2012 Economic Overview

October 2012 Economic Overview

US Economy  The U.S. economy is showing signs of finally bottoming out: Americans are on the move again after record numbers had stayed put, more young adults are leaving their parents' homes to take a chance with college or the job market, once-sharp declines in births are leveling off and poverty is slowing. But the economy is still [...]

September 2012 Economic Overview

September 2012 Economic Overview

Sign of our times? Even by Las Vegas standards, it is a shocking billboard: A mannequin dangling on a hangman's noose below a black sign with the ominous words "Dying for Work. Hope you’re Happy Wall Street.” A publicity stunt, obviously, in bad taste. Without further action from the Fed, We will lose our grip on both -- growth and 8% [...]

May 2012 Economic Overview

May 2012 Economic Overview

The global economies are slowly improving. World GDP is set to rise 3.5% this year and just over 4% for 2013. There are still risks ahead: the euro crisis, fiscal austerity in the rich world, and upheaval in the Middle East and a hard landing in India and China, to name the obvious. Growth will certainly be hurt by deleveraging at the European [...]

April 2012 Economic Overview

April 2012 Economic Overview

The world economy seems to be showing slight signs of life…though there are still large risks out there. A stronger employment picture fuels income and spending and the drag of the housing bust is passing. House prices remain soft, but both house sales and construction have begun to rise. The US economy will probably grow around 2.5%. Europe [...]

February 2012 Economic Overview

February 2012 Economic Overview

The world economy is sluggish, but not moribund. Pessimism is overdone. Latest statistics especially in manufacturing were better than expected. The world economy is sick. Politicians are doing little to help matters. Yes the world seems to have slipped into recession, but it is expected to be short and shallow. Uncertainty is still acute and [...]

January 2012 Economic Overview

January 2012 Economic Overview

As sure as spring follows winter, prosperity and economic growth follows recession. Despite glimmers of improvement, the US economy remains lackluster. Things are worse in Europe; Japan still struggles; even highflying China and Brasil are experiencing slowing economies; The Euro does not make sense for economically tiny Greece. The core [...]

December 2011 Economic Overview

December 2011 Economic Overview

US The odds for a pleasant end to the situation continue to grow long. Policymakers elsewhere are making ready for the autumn. Federal Reserve is preparing to conduct a new round of stress tests on American banks with a euro-area collapse in mind. Treasury officials are looking at big American banks and urging them to cut back their exposure to [...]

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