Tag Archives: Producer Price Index

Why A return to Goldilocks Growth?

Financial FAQs We could be back in the ‘goldilocks’ economy that was talked about several years ago. Growth is not too hot or too cold as we near full employment with very little inflation. It means the U.S. economy isn’t … Continue reading

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Why the Q3 Slowdown Predictions?

Financial FAQs The International Monetary Fund and the Federal Reserve have downgraded their estimates of growth in upcoming quarters. The IMF takes the worldwide view, with particular weakness in the emerging markets of Brazil, Nigeria, South Africa and Russia., and … Continue reading

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Retail Sales Portend +4 Percent GDP in 2015

Popular Economics Weekly We have said that the prospect of higher interest rates next year may spur some extraordinary growth over the next few quarters, and just out holiday retail sales seem to be fulfilling that prophecy.  Consumer spending is … Continue reading

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Deflation and Our Plunging Deficit

Popular Economics Weekly The federal budget deficit is shrinking rapidly, says Goldman Sachs Chief Economist Jan Hatzius. And that is not such a good thing at the moment, since the private sector isn’t spending enough. It means this very weak … Continue reading

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Consumers Becoming Healthier—Part II

Financial FAQs Consumers seem to be doing better, as I said last week, in spite of their worries about jobs, the economy and budget deficits (their own more than governments’). Consumer credit jumped $17.1 billion in May for the largest … Continue reading

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Consumers Regaining Financial Health

Popular Economics Weekly Consumers are spending for the holidays. Retail sales in particular have rebounded to almost pre-recession levels. Overall retail sales in November grew 0.2 percent, following a 0.6 percent boost in October (originally up 0.5 percent) and a … Continue reading

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