August 11, 2016
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement makes a convenient lightening rod. Some folks are concerned about losing American jobs through global competition. Others are concerned about large corporations manipulating politics and the economy to their own selfish advantage within a world view...
July 14, 2016
There are several noteworthy items to note this month.
1. June employment numbers recovered from the seemingly poor May data. This relieves concern some had about the viability of the business cycle shifting into sustained recovery for US Total Industrial Production and ongoing rise for GDP....
June 24, 2016
Immediate reaction: The UK voted by 17.4 million to 16.1 million to leave the EU. By noon Eastern Time, the S...
June 16, 2016
The UK maintains its own currency, which helps make potential separation from the EU easier to achieve. However, we know there is concern over potential financial turmoil triggered by Britain’s exit from the EU.
So far, we are not seeing anything notably abnormal in the exchange-rate realm. The...
May 19, 2016
Our May Trends Report Executive Summary talked about the good things going on in the US Economy, including a look at commodity prices. That good news is not, and will not, be felt by everyone this year and even into next year. The March figure for the Mining Production Index excluding Oil...
April 13, 2016
Relative to where we were prior to the Great Recession, GDP in the US, adjusted for inflation, is which of the following?
4.8% below 3.2% below Even with based on the latest data 3.2% above 9.4% above
Accurately finish the following statement: In 2015, the US portion of the global economy,...
March 16, 2016
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that private sector employment in February increased by 230 thousand jobs from January. This is a solidly positive number. The total number of private sector employment using the BLS Payroll Survey is 2.2% higher than one year ago. The ongoing growth...
February 17, 2016
It continues to be tough sledding for the stock market and for commodity prices. The barrage of bad tidings can wear you down. We are keeping a close eye on the consumer-related numbers because we think they hold the key to the future. We expect mixed results as the January data becomes available...
January 14, 2016
Conditions will turn around because US consumer spending is upward bound. The housing industry looks strong through the latest data (November) and December Automotive Retail Sales were robust at 9.0% higher than last December. Employment is rising at a healthy clip. Disposable Personal Income is...
January 11, 2016
There is angst out there stemming from the global market’s performance since the beginning of this year. Some are even comparing it to the crisis of 2008. We think this is incorrect because retail sales are GROWING. They were down in 2008. Huge difference.
Put your money and your faith on...