Monthly Archives: June 2010

Housing Affordability Still Improving

The Mortgage Corner A very pessimistic Harvard University Joint Center for Housing Studies’ 2010 annual report says with the job market in dire straits, household incomes declining and foreclosures dragging down home values, the housing market may take years to … Continue reading

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Economic Interdependence Is Good

How interdependent we have become! The lessons of this recession and the ongoing recovery, is that going it alone won’t work—whether when drilling oil wells, or evading financial regulations. We even have to thank our dependence on foreign trade with … Continue reading

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May Employment Shows Sustainable Recovery

Popular Economics Weekly The headline number for payrolls in May was disappointing, according to the media, because of anemic growth in the private sector. But in fact it is leading to a more sustainable recovery. Most were temp help workers … Continue reading

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Consumers Financial Health Improving

Popular Economics Weekly   Consumers’ financial health continues to improve. They are managing to both save and spend more, in spite of worries about both federal and state deficits. In fact, deficits don’t seem to matter to consumers, at least, … Continue reading

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The Great Stimulus Debate

Financial FAQs It is called the Great Debate, because it began during the Great Depression. Should government stimulus be used to bring an economy out of recession-depression? Or, should private business play it out, and the weakest fall while the … Continue reading

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The Debt Fallacy

Financial FAQs The European debt crisis has re-triggered the debate over budget deficits, and even whether Europe’s problems could trigger a ‘double-dip’ return to recession in our own economy. The contention is that Europe will be burdened with debt for … Continue reading

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