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Business Intelligence Brief: June 30, 2015

Will Greece Affect Fed Decision Making? At the moment it seems unlikely that the Greek turmoil will have much impact on the Fed as far as its decision on interest rates are concerned. The prevailing opinion is that there will be a very small rate hike of perhaps a quarter to a half point in […]

Business Intelligence Brief: June 26, 2015

Is the Consumer Really Back? This has been the longest and most vexing of waits. Each and every month there is renewed speculation as to when the consumer will return to old and familiar habits and each month the consumer has not been up to the task. There have been many suggestions designed to explain […]

Business Intelligence Brief – June 25, 2015

Q1 Ends up in Recession After All The various revisions of the first quarter data have not really deviated that much from one another – the range has been less than a point. The reason for all the attention is that these deviations have all been around the level that set a recession. If this […]

Business Intelligence Brief: June 24, 2015

Still No Movement in Durable Goods Orders The expectation was that durable goods orders would be down again this month and they were. The decline makes the third month of decline in the last four and the numbers were slightly worse than expected. The revisions to the April data made that month worse as well. […]

Business Intelligence Brief: June 23, 2015

How Realistic is Growth? As the 2016 campaign starts to heat up and candidates start to pay attention to the wider electorate as opposed to just the base that supports them, the big issues start to take over and according to the polls the voter has a pretty good idea as to what interests and […]

Business Intelligence Brief: June 22, 2015

It Pays to be Diverse Of course diversity has always been an advantage in a variety of ways. The investor knows all about that diverse portfolio and the business knows full well that having a diverse customer base is healthier than being dependent on a small number of customers and clients. It seems that states […]

Business Intelligence Brief: June 18, 2015

Another Move to Alter Pay The battle has been a familiar one for years. The key question is whether the conditions of employment are set by the employer and the employee or by the government. There has always been some attempt to balance as there are vulnerable workers who have little or no leverage with […]

Business Intelligence Brief: June 18, 2015

Another Move to Alter Pay The battle has been a familiar one for years. The key question is whether the conditions of employment are set by the employer and the employee or by the government. There has always been some attempt to balance as there are vulnerable workers who have little or no leverage with […]

Business Intelligence Brief: June 17, 2015

The Great Productivity Debate It would seem that there should be little debate over whether or not there is or is no more productivity. After all, the measurement seems pretty standard – the economic output per hours worked. If the workforce is producing more stuff, that translates into higher productivity but it isn’t as easy […]

Business Intelligence Brief: June 16, 2015

Politics and the Economy It seems that I must preface this article with a little examination of my thinking. The Business Intelligence Brief is intended to be a publication that focuses on the economic issues that matter to business. I don’t always get that quite right but that is the plan. It is not intended […]

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