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Analysis Topic: Economic Trends Analysis

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Economics

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Obama's Economic Team Frozen in the Headlights, U.S. Economy is in Big Trouble / Economics / Great Depression II

By: Mike_Whitney

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe personal savings rate has risen to 6.4%. When households save, consumer spending declines and GDP shrinks. The reduction in economic activity can have serious knock-on effects. It can lead to more layoffs as investment sputters as aggregate demand flags. If the downturn persists,  asset prices and wages fall leading to tighter credit, deflation and a deepening slump. The good news is that the problem can be fixed.

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Economics

Saturday, August 21, 2010

The Myth of the Engineered Recession / Economics / Recession 2008 - 2010

By: Gary_North

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThere are lots of myths out there, but of all the recent financial myths that afflict the conservative movement, this one is the most preposterous: "The bankers engineered the 2008 financial crisis."

On first glance, the theory seems nutty. How did these people benefit from enormous financial losses? But when you examine it in depth, it seems even more nutty.

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Economics

Friday, August 20, 2010

The Economic Recovery Was An Illusion – And That’s A Good Thing! / Economics / Recession 2008 - 2010

By: Sy_Harding

In July, I wrote an article titled ‘Is The Recovery An Illusion?’ With the additional evidence that has come in since there really is no doubt about it.

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Economics

Friday, August 20, 2010

Germany’s Export Reliant Economic Recovery Edges Out European Neighbors / Economics / Euro-Zone

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleKerri Shannon writes: By relying on exports and not promoting domestic demand, Germany is creating a lopsided recovery that is hurting retailers and foreign exporters.

While Germany's exports continue to surge, its consumers are refusing to spend. The government has failed to raise wages or encourage consumption and says it has few plans to do so.

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Economics

Friday, August 20, 2010

Small Businesses are Not Hiring - Why Should They? / Economics / Employment

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn response to Creating Jobs Carries a Punishing Price, an article about Mr. Fleischer, president of Bogen Communications Inc. and why he is not hiring, I received an interesting email from "David" a reader who disagrees with Mr. Fleischer's stated reasons for not hiring.

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Economics

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Economists Are Behind the Curve of Economic Realities! / Economics / Economic Theory

By: Sy_Harding

Concerns about the U.S. economy began as a ripple when economic growth unexpectedly began slowing in the 2nd quarter. The continuing waves of negative economic reports in May, June, July, and now into August have had economists scrambling to revise their growth forecasts downward. But they have not been quick enough to keep up with the downward pace of the reports.

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Economics

Thursday, August 19, 2010

U.S. Weekly Unemployment Claims Hit 500,000 Bearing Every Economist's Forecast / Economics / US Economy

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOnce again the pile of overoptimistic economist estimates continues to mount. Today, weekly unemployment claims hit 500,000 exceeding every forecast. This is (at minimum) the 4th time since March every economist was overly optimistic regarding unemployment claims. Nicely done guys.

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Economics

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Protection From a Double-Dip Economic Recession Going Global / Economics / Double Dip Recession

By: Money_Morning

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleJason Simpkins writes: The last time the U.S. economy suffered through a double-dip recession, this country was struggling to overcome the fallout from an Arab oil embargo, Vietnam War-era deficits, and an inflationary spiral that just wouldn't let go.

That 1981-82 double-dip downturn - the result of an economic "shock treatment" aimed at curing those ills - consisted of two recessions that were separated by a single quarter of growth.

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Economics

Thursday, August 19, 2010

How to Protect Your Wealth From U.S. Debt Economic Stagnation Japan Style / Economics / US Economy

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMartin Hutchinson writes: Grim unemployment figures, growing worries about crushing debt loads and the apparent absence of any inflation are causing many investors to ask a tough question: Is the U.S. economy catching the "Japan disease," the dreaded and dreadful malaise that has left the onetime Asian powerhouse in a stagnant state since 1990?

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Economics

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Tea, Tramadol and Today's Great Depression / Economics / Inflation

By: Adrian_Ash

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article"Even at home there is generally a cup of tea going – a 'nice cup of tea' – and Father, who has been out of work since 1929, is temporarily happy because he has a sure tip for the Cesarewitch..."
  - George Orwell, The Road to Wigan Pier (London, 1936)

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Economics

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Prepare in August for Hyperinflationary Holidays / Economics / HyperInflation

By: Dr_Jeff_Lewis

Ben Bernanke and the rest of the Federal Reserve are priming the pump for what could by a hyper-inflationary Christmas.  While the Fed continues to build a pile of kindling, the spark could very well be this holiday shopping season.

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Economics

Thursday, August 19, 2010

U.S. Heading for Currency Destruction Debt Default Great Depression / Economics / US Debt

By: The_Gold_Report

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAs the world sinks deeper into what he calls the Greater Depression, Casey Research Chairman Doug Casey sees default on the U.S. national debt as inevitable—albeit probably in the guise of currency destruction. He anticipates further contraction in real estate, particularly on the commercial front. As long as stocks remain overpriced, he'll shy away from equities—except perhaps in favored sectors such as gold. In fact, in this exclusive interview with The Gold Report, Doug posits that gold juniors might "go up by an order of magnitude or more, even while most other stocks are going down."

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Economics

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Affording the Unemployed / Economics / Economic Theory

By: J_M_Finegold_Catalan

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWhile the unemployment rate continues to hover between 9 and 10 percent, the average amount of time wage earners remain unemployed has skyrocketed to previously unrecorded levels.[1] Keynesians fear that a weak fiscal and monetary response will allow the presently cyclically unemployed to become so permanently.[2] UC Berkeley professor Bradford DeLong puts it briefly, "Long-term unemployment has a way of turning into structural unemployment."[3]

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Economics

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

18 Signs That America Is Rotting Right In Front Of Our Eyes / Economics / US Economy

By: Pravda

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSometimes it isn't necessary to quote facts and figures about government debt, unemployment and the trade deficit in order to convey how badly America is decaying. The truth is that millions of Americans can watch America rotting right in front of their eyes by stepping out on their front porches. Record numbers of homes have been foreclosed on and in some of the most run down cities as many as a third of all houses have been abandoned.

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Economics

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

U.S. Bank Credit Increases a Healthy 8.3%, But One Month Does Not Make a Trend / Economics / US Economy

By: Paul_L_Kasriel

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn July, for only the second time in the past 21 months, U.S. commercial bank total credit (loans and securities) increased (see Chart 1). And it was a healthy increase at 8.3% annualized. Obviously, we do not know whether this is the beginning of an upward trend in bank credit. But if it is, then we feel a lot more confident about our 2011 real GDP forecast, which has the economy's growth rate picking up. The primary assumption underlying our forecast of faster real GDP growth in 2011 is a resumption in the growth of bank credit.

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