Blog posts

  • The NLRB

    December 8, 2011
    The National Labor Relations Board is working to produce regulation that will make it a lot easier for unions to organize in companies across America. It is called the Representation Case. These rules will shorten the time between when a union organizing campaign begins and the certification...

  • Anticipating the End of the Euro Zone

    December 1, 2011
    The press has plenty of articles about the potential end to the Euro Zone as we know it, and thus the end of the euro. Greece may be asked to leave the EU and other defaulting nations may also be shown the door. The immediate result would be that American exporters into Europe can expect a...

  • Permitting Recovery

    November 29, 2011
    The chart shows the over the last three months compared to one year ago.  Accordingly, what you are looking at is a 3/12 rate-of-change.  The vertical axis is for the year-over-year percent change. The news is generally encouraging in that Permits are up for the country as a whole (+13...

  • GDP Data Shows Economy Growing Through Third-Quarter 2011

    November 23, 2011
    3Q 2011 GDP data adjusted for inflation became available today.  After adjusting for inflation, the US economy is up 1.5% year-over-year.  The service sector is clearly holding the economy back.  The services component of GDP showed an inflation-adjusted 1.2% year-over-year increase...

  • Please, Mr. Geithner, stop helping!

    November 17, 2011
    Timothy Geithner, Treasury Secretary, recently addressed a CEO Council in Washington and said that the US economy is “still so weakened” and that Congress should do “substantial, powerful things now to makes growth stronger in the near term.” Mr. Secretary, why would this work now when there is no...

  • Focusing on the Opportunities

    November 15, 2011
    Financial problems are mounting in Europe. The global financial markets react rather violently to whichever way sentiment seems to be leaning. While we understand that mounting debt issues among sovereign European nations pose a threat to global financial stability, we also think that the market’s...

  • A Question of Trust

    November 10, 2011
    Danger of an EU recession increased on Wed and the world inched closer to another round of banking issues that would negatively impact the US as well as the EU. Evidence of that increased danger occurred when Italy Bonds Yields jumped to over 7.0%, an unusual event for a major economy.  ITR...

  • Jobs and Reality

    November 6, 2011
    The media reported that 80,000 jobs were created in October in the Civilian Labor Force (non-farm) and the news was called disappointing and one source called it dismal. Don’t believe it. First, that was the seasonally adjusted number, which is not our first choice. We prefer the un-adjusted...