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Configuration Unemployment: Measuring Structural Problems in a Contemporary Economy

August 13, 2013

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“The fact that it has not disappeared from the planet, and could potentially return to countries like the U.S. under the right conditions,makes sector analysis as a measure of structural unemployment look more like the cyclical model” By Holly A. Bell In a recent article, Paul Krugman asked: “Is there any point to economic analysis?”. […]

Slow and Unsteady

February 12, 2013

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CFOs are taking it slow as uncertainty is still present Slow and Unsteady (via CFO.com) The Economy | February 07, 2013 | CFO Magazine The U.S. CFO Optimism Index dropped yet again in the latest Duke University/CFO Magazine Global Business Outlook Survey, to 51 out of 100. Down from 52 last fall and 59 at […]

California Should Be The Economic Model For America

December 17, 2012

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California Dreamin’ By Holly A. Bell A recent blog post by Michael provided 55 Reasons Why California Is The Worst State In America. Nonsense. California should be the model for the rest of the United States. Here are some reasons why: 1)    The adoption of Proposition 30 gave California the highest marginal state income tax […]

US Fiscal Moment: Cliff, Slope, or Wile E. Coyote?

October 17, 2012

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US Fiscal Moment: Cliff, Slope, or Wile E. Coyote? (via Market Shadows) Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here. The overhwelming majority of investors seem to believe that some compromise will be reached to resolve the looming fiscal drag, and as we noted here, this fact is more than priced into markets. As Barclays notes […]

Guest Article: Are You Seeing What I’m Seeing in the Economy?

September 19, 2012

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Are You Seeing What I’m Seeing? (via Market Shadows) Courtesy of Jim Quinn of The Burning Platform Is it just me, or are the signs of consumer collapse as clear as a Lowes parking lot on a Saturday afternoon? Sometimes I wonder if I’m just seeing the world through my pessimistic lens, skewing my point of […]

Incorporating the Rentier Sectors into a Financial Model

September 18, 2012

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Incorporating the Rentier Sectors into a Financial Model (via Market Shadows) Incorporating the Rentier Sectors into a Financial Model Courtesy of Michael Hudson By Dirk Bezemer and Michael Hudson As published in the World Economic Association’s World Economic Review Vol #1. ABSTRACT Current macroeconomics ignores the roles that rent, debt and the financial sector play in… Blog […]

U.S. Debt Saturation?

June 11, 2012

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Has the U.S. Reached The Debt Saturation Point? The linked article below is a couple of years old, but contains an interesting chart about our return on debt. It shows that when the change in U.S. GDP is divided by the change in U. S. debt, we actually reached the point of debt saturation in […]

Sweden: The Supply-Side, Anti-Keyensian Approach To Economic Recovery

May 11, 2012

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Does Sweden Have The Right Model? By Holly A. Bell While the economies of the U.S. and most of Europe have continued to struggle under Keynesian style stimulus, Sweden has taken the opposite approach enacting supply side tax and spending cuts. The result? Over the last two years (2010 to 2011) Sweden’s real GDP growth […]

Guest Article: Should the U.S. Reset Economic Relations With Russia?

April 10, 2012

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Obama must reset relations with Russia along economic lines (via The Christian Science Monitor) By Frances G. Burwell and Svante Cornell posted April 4, 2012 at 8:55 am EDT Washington As Vladimir Putin prepares for his May inauguration and return to the Russian presidency, the United States must design a new relationship with this often […]

From Seeking Alpha: US Employment in Real English

April 9, 2012

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“There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the US employment situation over the past few months. The January data was particularly contentious, in part because that’s when the BLS, or Bureau of Labor Statistics, made its annual revisions to try to square its numbers with changes in the population. The BLS uses two different […]

Headlines You Might See During An Economic Recovery

March 24, 2012

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By Holly A. Bell The newspaper headlines seem to be a mix of positive and negative economic indicators lately. On the positive side we’re hearing new jobless claims and unemployment are down, corporate profits are up, and the stock market is at its highest level in years. However, the negative does seem to prevail this […]

Top US CEOs Push Jobs, Growth Plan

March 13, 2012

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Top US CEOs push jobs, growth plan (via AFP) A group of chief executives of leading US companies presented Wednesday a roadmap to put the struggling economy back on a solid growth track, create jobs and sharpen global competitiveness. Amid political gridlock in Washington, the Business Roundtable, representing companies with over $6 trillion… Blog this! […]

National Consumer Protection Week: It’s Up to You (Sorry!)

March 12, 2012

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National Consumer Protection Week: It’s Up to You (Sorry!) (via Credit.com) [Free Resource: Check your credit for free before applying for a credit card] This year, in particular, no one really wants a restrained consumer; and by no one I mean not your Occupy Wall Street-friendly local small business, nor the largest of American corporations, […]

Who Are The 1%?

January 30, 2012

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So who are the top 1% of wage earners in America? By Holly A. Bell What are their lives and households like and what do they do? The New York Times recently published an article that gives us some real insights into the highest 1% of income earners. You might be surprised who they are. […]

An Afternoon with Steve Forbes

January 27, 2012

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By Holly A. Bell I had an opportunity to meet Steve Forbes Wednesday and hear him discuss the economy, the Presidential election, healthcare, and government’s role in the economy. I decided he and I would get along just fine. This was actually not my first encounter with Mr. Forbes. The first was when he and […]

A Rational New Year

January 2, 2012

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By Holly A. Bell I woke up New Year’s Day with a Champagne headache. Not because I drank too much, but because I toasted the New Year at midnight with a glass of champagne with the rest of my friends and neighbors. Champagne gives me a headache. I know this. I drank it anyway. Not […]

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