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What is on the Mind of Central Banks? $

  The Jackson Hole meetings start this week and he agenda will be packed with formal and informal discussions. This symposium has been organized by the Kansas City Federal Reserve…

Are There Economic Lessons in Ferguson? $

The race riots in this St. Louis suburb have been a shock to the nation and for the last week it has been the latest example of a story that…

What Inflation? $

What Inflation?  $

Right now the inflation hawks are starting to feel a little like the guy who has been standing on the corner for the last twenty years with a sign that…

Inside the Home Depot Numbers and the Consumer $

Inside the Home Depot Numbers and the Consumer  $

Home Depot released earnings for the second quarter and reported that sales of appliances and big ticket items (over $900) were up 8.4% in the second quarter. As we mentioned…

What the Heck Happened to the Chicago PMI?

What the Heck Happened to the Chicago PMI?

How is this not in the national headlines? The Chicago PMI has taken its biggest plunge since October of 2008 – remember what was happening at the time?The Chicago PMI…

Microcosm of the National Inflation / Jobs Story $

Microcosm of the National Inflation / Jobs Story  $

My dad put me onto a story out of Oklahoma that is a small example of what is beginning to take place in the broader labor market. Did you see…

Inside the Q2 GDP Surge $

Inside the Q2 GDP Surge  $

  The Federal Government released Q2 GDP estimates on Wednesday and the initial headline figures came in robust. Q2 GDP growth was 4% (analysts were looking for growth of 3%).…

Christmas Gift: Job Cuts in July $

Christmas Gift: Job Cuts in July  $

That’s a play on words, but the Challenger, Gray, and Christmas (CGC) job cuts report for July (known as the Challenger Report) showed that corporate job cuts were 49% higher…

Poland Prime Minister Rocks Markets with Statement $

Poland Prime Minister Rocks Markets with Statement $

There was a lot of speculation today that the sell-off on Wall Street was due to the situation in Ukraine.…

How Does China Avoid a Crash? $

How Does China Avoid a Crash?  $

The data is pretty startling – China has a debt load that is 251% of its GDP. Given that the US is in a state of panic over its debt…

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