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Economics

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Soaring Corporate Profits As US Worker Pay for Productivity Hits Record Lows / Economics / Social Issues

By: Jesse

Two sets of charts tell the story.

The problem is that when workers are pressed to the wall on pay they lose the ability to consume without taking on debt. And at some point the debt leverage mechanism for consumption breaks down.

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Economics

Saturday, September 11, 2010

US Ranks Fourth In Global Competitiveness / Economics / Global Economy

By: Jesse

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleI think the biggest surprise for US readers might be how high the US ranks in global competitiveness, and the countries that rank the highest. And of course there is the absence of China in the top ten. Shocking when viewed through the lens of an artificially managed-to-the-dollar currency pair.

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Economics

Saturday, September 11, 2010

U.S. Wholesale Inventories Rise More than Expected; But Where's the Demand? / Economics / US Economy

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleRising inventories to meet rising demand is one thing, rising inventories in the face of weak or falling consumer demand is another. On the inventory side of the equation, Wholesale Inventories in U.S. Rose More Than Forecast

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Economics

Friday, September 10, 2010

Mutant Rat Epidemic Spreading Economic Black Plague / Economics / US Debt

By: D_Sherman_Okst

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWe are in the midst of a rat infestation of epidemic proportions -- an ‘Economic Black Death’, a plague, spread by Xenopsylla cheopis (rat-fleas).
 
These are no ordinary rats. No. Our infestation consists of 900-hundred pound, grotesque, disgustingly despicable, giant, disease-carrying, plague-creating, rat-flea ridden mutant rats.

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Economics

Friday, September 10, 2010

Don't Doubt the Double Dip Recession / Economics / Double Dip Recession

By: Neeraj_Chaudhary

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleA few weeks ago Nouriel Roubini, widely regarded as one of the more pessimistic figures on Wall Street, made headlines by raising his forecasted likelihood of a "double dip recession" to a terrifying 40%. The vast majority of "mainstream" economists (although I would argue Roubini himself is part of that pack) described these predictions as far too gloomy.

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Economics

Friday, September 10, 2010

Meet the New Goldilocks Economy / Economics / US Economy

By: Andy_Sutton

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBack in the glory days of 2008, the mainstream press, political pundits, and various government officials talked about the idea of the Goldilocks economy. Not too hot, not too cold, but just right. Of course the analogy ended when the bears chased Goldilocks out of the cottage. While the same outlets aren’t trotting out the fairy tale this time around, it is clear that the US has hit phase two of the Goldilocks economy and it is my guess that most folks will like this one even less than the first.

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Economics

Friday, September 10, 2010

Filtering Through the Economic Noise, America's Second Great Depression / Economics / Great Depression II

By: Mike_Stathis

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleEarly last month, the Commerce Department released the latest GDP data. For Q2 of 2010 the GDP growth came in at 2.4%, missing the consensus estimate of 2.5%.

The Commerce Department also released its latest revisions to 2007-2009 GDP data. As I had predicted, the economy shrank more than the previous estimate of 2.6% versus the 2.4% data recorded last year. That made it the largest drop in GDP since 1946.

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Economics

Friday, September 10, 2010

Death of Luxury Consumer Brands Postponed Indefinitely / Economics / Economic Recovery

By: Pravda

Luxury has survived the crisis, experts say. The death of luxury brands market is postponed indefinitely, and the survivors recovered faster than the more modest brands. Over seven months, the growth in retail turnover, according to Rosstat, was up 4%, and the Russian luxury market can be expected to grow by 5-10% already this year.

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Economics

Friday, September 10, 2010

More Stimulus and Unlimited Money Printing Burning the Economic Toast / Economics / Quantitative Easing

By: Richard_Daughty

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleEven though I have been drinking so that my speech is slurred after testing some crazy idea that I could drink away my utter horror at the death and dying of the US dollar and economy, history is, on the other hand, being made crystal clear that when a country is so idiotic as to ignore its own Constitutional requirement that money be only made of silver and gold (so as to prevent its over-issuance and thus prevent inflation, The Worst Of All Evils (TWOAE)), and then to compound that stupidity and perfidy by unbelievable over-production of the ridiculously-preferred fiat currency by the foul Federal Reserve mindlessly printing too, too much of it, for too, too long, distorting the economy into an ugly, cancerous, government-centric abomination, that country and its currency are soon toast, which is an unfortunate metaphor because I like toast.

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Economics

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Economic Stimulus? Yet Again? / Economics / Economic Stimulus

By: Robert_Murphy

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThis week the Obama administration lays out its plans to further "stimulate" the economy. In particular, the president unveiled his proposals for $50 billion more in infrastructure spending, and a $100 billion extension to a tax credit on research and development.

Unfortunately these ideas range from misguided to downright harmful. If the federal government really wants to promote economic recovery, it should cut spending and taxes in general, and basically get out of the way.

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Economics

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Obama's Economic Team has failed, America's Economy Has A Structural Problem / Economics / US Debt

By: Gordon_T_Long

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleObama's Economic Team has failed him!

It’s a STRUCTURAL problem not a CYCLICAL problem!

It’s a DEMAND problem not a SUPPLY problem!

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Economics

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Federal Debt Crisis Solution, Time for Bernanke to Drop Money on to Main Street / Economics / Quantitative Easing

By: Ellen_Brown

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Fed is proposing another round of “quantitative easing,” although the first round failed to reverse deflation.  It failed because the money went into the coffers of banks, which failed to lend it on.  To reverse deflation, the money needs to be funneled directly to state and local economies. The Fed may not be authorized to “monetize” state bonds, but it COULD buy bonds issued by state-owned banks.

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Economics

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

The Government War on Small Business / Economics / Government Intervention

By: Mark_B_Rasmussen

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe government DOES NOT "create" productive, value added, sustainable "jobs", Small Business Does!

To help set the stage, let's look at some important stats from the Small Business  Administration (SBA). Small businesses:

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Economics

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Currency and Banking Reform in 19th-Century Britain / Economics / Fiat Currency

By: Matt_McCaffrey

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAs banks — central and otherwise — falter and fail across the globe, it is increasingly obvious that the problems of monetary policy that we face run deeper than merely finding the correct adjustment to a Taylor rule. It is trite but nevertheless true to say that great monetary reforms are necessary. The purpose of this article is not to argue for particular policies, but to examine a particularly important historical example of how (and how not) to go about monetary policy and reform.

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Economics

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

The Ultimate Source of Profit and Loss on the Market / Economics / Economic Theory

By: MISES

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe changes in the data whose reiterated emergence prevents the economic system from turning into an evenly rotating economy and produces again and again entrepreneurial profit and loss are favorable to some members of society and unfavorable to others. Hence, people concluded, the gain of one man is the damage of another; no man profits but by the loss of others.

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