Monthly Archives: October 2012

Two Percent Growth Isn’t ‘New’ Normal

Popular Economics Weekly There are many ways to look at the “weak” 2 percent growth numbers for Q3, though just the ‘Advance Estimate’ and so subject to at least 2 more revisions. But such weak growth isn’t due to excessive … Continue reading

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U.S. Economy Is In Recovery

Popular Economics Weekly I mentioned last week that the U.S. economy is now growing faster than the rest of the developed world. How can that be, you say, with all the election propaganda saying the recovery has been a failure?  … Continue reading

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New-Home Sales, Mortgages Boosting Growth

The Mortgage Corner Following the 15 percent housing construction bump in September, new-home sales rose 11.7 percent and are up 27 percent over September 2011, as inventories have shrunk to a meager 4.5 months, especially at the affordable level. The … Continue reading

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Better Growth and Jobs Ahead?

Popular Economics Weekly The U.S. economy is now growing faster than the rest of the advanced economies. And the Fed just announced it will discuss a possible expansion of the size of its third round of bond buying (QE3) and … Continue reading

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President Obama’s Record Achievements

Financial FAQs Why so many doubters of the President’s record? Candidate Romney would have us believe Obama has accomplished nothing, but in fact President Obama has one of the most history making legislative records since FDR. The Washington Monthly lists … Continue reading

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Housing Construction, Retail Sales Surge

The Mortgage Corner Another sign that the economy is finally recovering—new housing starts surged 15 percent, to their highest levels since 2008 and the beginning of the Great Recession. This is boosting construction employment in particular, but also finance, insurance … Continue reading

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Romney-Ryan Austerity Leaves Out 47 Percent

Popular Economics Weekly It should be obvious by now that the Romney-Ryan program of fiscal austerity—cutting government spending, while cutting taxes in the hope businesses and their investors will invest more of their wealth—can’t work. Latest evidence is the just … Continue reading

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