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Business Intelligence Brief: August 19, 2014

Home Builders Optimistic The latest survey from the National Association of Home Builders shows a second straight month of readings over 50, this time reaching 55. Anything over 50 is…

Business Intelligence Brief: August 18, 2014

Improvements in Manufacturing Sector The data from the industrial sector is better this month than last and that is a good thing. The improvement is not spectacular but that is…

Business Intelligence Brief: August 15, 2014

Will Europe Ever Recover? At the start of the year analysts were fairly optimistic about the prospects for some kind of European rebound. There was no dramatic change in the…

Business Intelligence Brief: August 14, 2014

Where are the Consumers? Not to put too fine a point on it but the economy will not improve much until the consumer puts their money where their mouth has…

Business Intelligence Brief: August 13, 2014

Deficit Improves and for the Right Reason The US deficit is lower than it has been in years although one would be hard pressed to realize this given the rhetoric…

Business Intelligence Brief: August 12, 2014

    Slack and the Prospects for Growth and Inflation There is really no such thing as a perfect economic trend. There are always winners and losers in any economic…

Business Intelligence Brief: August 11, 2014

The Tipping Point or the Point of Tipping There have been many studies over the years that have tried to get at the economics of the restaurant trade and in…

Business Intelligence Brief: August 8, 2014

College Debt – The Gift that Keeps on Giving There has been some intense interest in the issue of student loan debt for the last few years as the levels…

Business Intelligence Brief: August 7, 2014

Not the Good News it Appears to be Trade data is tricky. What looks like good news may be indicator of really bad news. The temptation is to take a…

Business Intelligence Brief: August 6, 2014

Hawks Ascendant? According to Richard Fisher this is the case. At the last meeting of the Fed’s Open Market Committee he didn’t feel compelled to register his usual dissent over…

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