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Analysis Topic: Economic Trends Analysis

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Economics

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Bernanke Presents a Pessimistic Economic View, Reassures Fed Stands Ready to Support / Economics / US Economy

By: Asha_Bangalore

At the outset, Bernanke’s testimony to the Joint Economic Committee listed positive developments of the current economic recovery – improvement of factory production, narrowing of the trade gap compared with the period prior to 2007, strong equipment and software spending, and a more sound banking and financial sector.  The rest of the testimony was significantly more subdued and pessimistic.  He reiterated his observations from last month that consumers are very cautious in their spending decisions as their net worth has dropped and that households “continue to struggle with high debt burdens and reduced access to credit.” More importantly, Bernanke sees “more sluggish job growth in the period ahead.”  He also noted that the FOMC has revised down its projections of GDP growth.  The weak housing market was also part of the testimony.  In the prepared testimony and Q&A session, Chairman Bernanke stressed the importance of solving housing market issues. 

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Economics

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

War and Inflation in US History, Not Worth a Continental / Economics / Inflation

By: Richard_Mills

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleInflation is caused by an increase in the money supply - the rate of inflation is determined by the quantity of goods vs. the money supply - more money chasing the same amount of, or fewer goods, causes price increases. The higher the price increases the higher the rate of inflation is said to be.

Wars cause inflation - war affects everything from international trading to labor costs to quantity of available consumer goods to product demand because governments:

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Economics

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

The China Economic Model Is Unsustainable, Just a Redder Version of Keynesianism / Economics / China Economy

By: Douglas_French

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWhile the pols in Europe endlessly consider how they will paper over their financial crisis, "ring fence" Greece and the other PIIGS pass austerity programs, and still get reelected, some speculate that perhaps China will step forward to bail out the eurozone.

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Economics

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

This Economist is Forecasting a Recession, And He's Never Been Wrong / Economics / Double Dip Recession

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDavid Zeiler writes: The U.S. economy is "tipping into a new recession" and there's nothing President Barack Obama or the U.S. Federal Reserve can do to prevent it, according to Lakshman Achuthan, co-founder of the Economic Cycle Research Institute (ECRI).

Now, if you're wondering why you should believe this prediction ahead of others then there's something you should know: According to The Economist, Achuthan's predictions on the direction of economy - either toward recession or recovery - have never been wrong.

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Economics

Monday, October 03, 2011

Why The Inflationists PROBABLY Have It Wrong, For Now / Economics / Deflation

By: David_Haas

Many people are trying – with increasing desperation – to discern the future and plan correctly for the economic environment we’re most likely to find ourselves experiencing.

My continued bets have been that deflation will prevail, at least in the early years of the great collapse, and nothing has yet occurred that changes my view.

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Economics

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Further Recession and Financial Turmoil in America and the EU / Economics / Double Dip Recession

By: Bob_Chapman

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleRemember that $400 billion increase in debt recently enacted? Well it is gone and it only took six weeks. Washington has quite a talent for spending debt, which is other people’s money. Not satisfied the Senate, as we reported, added in another $500 billion. The media covered up the increase in debt by making a major issue of the President’s speech concerning jobs.

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Economics

Sunday, October 02, 2011

U.S. Consumer Spending in August Puts Q3 Change at Tepid Mark / Economics / US Economy

By: Asha_Bangalore

Real consumer spending held steady in August inclusive of a 0.1% increase in spending of durable goods and services and a 0.4% drop in purchases of services. Chairman Bernanke’s concern about the decelerating trend of consumer spending is justified. Real consumer spending grew only 1.77% from a year ago and real disposable income also shows a loss of momentum (see Chart 4). The July-August consumer spending numbers point a tepid increase in consumer spending in the third quarter, roughly 1.5%. This is slightly higher than the 0.7% increase in the second quarter but it is not a barnburner by any means.

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Economics

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Infrastructure Spending – What’s Not to Like? / Economics / Infrastructure

By: Asha_Bangalore

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) published a study last month pointing out the cost of failure to address the infrastructure needs of the nation. The study concludes that failing to invest in America’s roads, bridges, and transportation system would cost the nation $3.1 trillion in lost GDP, 877,000 in lost jobs, and a significant reduction in productivity by 2020. The graphic below is a summary of the impact of the failure to address the nation’s surface transportation infrastructure.

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Economics

Sunday, October 02, 2011

The Economic Recession As Forecasted By The Consumer / Economics / Double Dip Recession

By: Tony_Pallotta

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article“A vocabulary of truth and simplicity will be of service throughout your life.” — Winston Churchill

I prefer to keep things as simple as possible. Take for example the $14 trillion US economy. The most basic of tools, a survey has proven to be an excellent indicator of what otherwise could be a very complex analysis, forecasting economic growth.

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Economics

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Real Pro-growth Tax Incentives to Save America / Economics / US Economy

By: Barry_Elias

There is a better way to optimize our scarce resources.

Six weeks ago, the following information and graphic of mine were published by Moneynews regarding government expenditures as a percentage of GDP.

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Economics

Saturday, October 01, 2011

The Economy’s Real Problems! / Economics / Double Dip Recession

By: Sy_Harding

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSome of this week’s economic reports provided at least small sparkles in the dark shadows that have dominated economic reports so far this year.

On Thursday, the Commerce Department reported the economy grew at an annualized rate of 1.3% in second quarter, a bit better than the 1.0% it had previously reported. The Labor Department reported new weekly unemployment claims fell by 37,000 last week to 391,000, the first time new weekly claims have been under 400,000 a week since April. And the University of Michigan’s Consumer Sentiment Index ticked up to 59.4 in September after tumbling to near a three-year low of 55.7 in August.

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Economics

Saturday, October 01, 2011

U.S. Economy is 'Tipping Into a New Recession' / Economics / Double Dip Recession

By: Bloomberg

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLakshman Achuthan of the Economic Cycle Research Institute told Bloomberg Radio's Tom Keene and Ken Prewitt this morning on "Bloomberg Surveillance" that the "U.S. economy is tipping into a new recession."

Achuthan said that "you have wildfire among leading indicators across the board," which is a "deadly combination" and "not reversible."

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Economics

Friday, September 30, 2011

Emerging Markets Provide Blueprint for Sustained Growth / Economics / Emerging Markets

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDavid Zeiler writes: The United States should look at emerging markets for clues on how to sustain economic growth, according to U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke.

While the advanced economies of the world have stagnated since 2008, countries like China, Brazil and parts of Southeast Asia have enjoyed growth rates in the 7% to 9% range. Although several have slowed this year, they're still faring better than the economies of the United States and Europe.

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Economics

Friday, September 30, 2011

U.S. Q2 Real GDP Growth Revised Up, Jobless Claims Decline Partly Due to Technical Issues / Economics / US Economy

By: Asha_Bangalore

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleReal GDP of the U.S. economy increased at an annual rate of 1.3% in the second quarter, slightly higher than the earlier estimate of a 1.0% gain. The main reasons for the larger gain in GDP were stronger growth of structures, consumer service sector outlays, exports, and residential investment expenditures.

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Economics

Thursday, September 29, 2011

More Signs China Is Going Bust / Economics / China Economy

By: Justice_Litle

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWhile the world fixates on Europe, signs of a China crash are mounting behind the scenes.

Imagine you run a business with 3,000 employees. Your factories churn out 20 million pairs of sunglasses per year -- the best-selling brand in China. You are a celebrated businessman in your region, with expanded interests in real estate and solar energy.

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