Monthly Archives: February 2012

Are you Ready For The ‘Big Data’ Revolution?

Popular Economics Weekly Is the Information Age intimidating? Have we been struck with information overload? Help may be on the way. There is so much in the news about it, but little on how to manage so much information inundating … Continue reading

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The Confidence Fairies Love Austerity

Popular Economics Weekly January’s economic numbers are in, so we can say government stimulus spending has worked; there is just not enough of it. Whereas the views of those Paul Krugman characterizes as “confidence fairies” doesn’t work. Austerity and budget … Continue reading

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Where is the Inflation?

Financial FAQs If we would listen to the Europeans advocating austerity measures to punish Greece and Italy in particular for their profligacy, then inflation is right around the corner, according to the Germans who fear it most. Germany’s Finance Minister … Continue reading

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Why are Some States Poorer Than Others?

Financial FAQs We have austerity in our own country as a result of the Great Recession, but it doesn’t fall equally on all states. In fact, states suffering the most are mainly those in the South, Midwest and manufacturing rust … Continue reading

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Builder Confidence Soars in 2012

The Mortgage Corner WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Home builder confidence in the market for new single-family homes climbed in February for the fifth straight month to reach the highest level in more than four years, said a Marketwatch headline. And there … Continue reading

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Where is the Housing Bottom?

The Mortgage Corner The housing bottom is really a function of incomes, jobs, and inventory of houses for sale. All three indicators are favorable for housing sales to pick up this year. But prices have to bottom first. The main … Continue reading

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Why the Surprising Jobs Report?

Financial FAQs Why so much surprise in January’s employment report that added 243,000 payroll jobs and dropped the unemployment rate to 8.3 percent? The U.S. has now added an average of 183,000 jobs a month in the past five months, … Continue reading

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