May 2014 Payroll Employment
After 76 months, we finally got back to the prerecession level of payroll employment.
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The best summary of the state of our economy is the graph (below) of employment as a fraction of population for people over 16 years old. The decrease is large, but the most troubling feature of the graph is the flat trend .
Donald Marron likes European interest rates. Click on the image to get a bigger version. Can you find three distinct subperiods?
Brad DeLong favors the U.S. gdp gap.
Money Supply M1 growth is now over 20% per year over a 12 month lag. M1 growth has touched 20% before, but not with excess reserves of $1.6 trillion. Where is M1 headed?
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The Capital Speculator (J. Picerno)
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The US stock market has been trading at or near record highs recently, a performance that inspires some analysts to predict that the long-running equity bull market is still poised for even greater heights. But viewed in context with the bond market, the relative return spread in favor of stocks ...
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The Federal Reserve is expected to forgo a rate hike in today’s FOMC policy announcement and keep the target Fed funds at a 0.25%-to-0.50% range. But the recent increase in the effective Fed funds rate (EFF) suggests that a hawkish bias is bubbling.
EFF’s day-to-day changes can be ...
US economic growth is on track to post an encouraging rebound in this Friday’s “advance” GDP report for the second quarter. By most estimates, the Bureau of Economic Analysis is expected to report that output will rise by 2%-plus in Q2, well above the subdued 1.1% rise in Q1 ...
Summertime sizzle was on full display last week for US real estate investment trusts (REITs). These securities delivered the strongest gains for the five trading days through July 22, based on set of ETF proxies for the major asset classes. US REITs also continue to hold the top spot ...
● Overcomplicated: Technology at the Limits of Comprehension
By Samuel Arbesman
Review via Publishers Weekly
Arbesman (The Half-Life of Facts), a self-described “complexity scientist,” presents a new framework for understanding and working with complex technological systems ...
There’s a myth going around that tracking the business cycle is a waste of time for investors. On the surface, the reasoning sounds logical. By the time it’s clear that the US has slipped into a recession, it’s too late to tone down equity positions because Mr. Market has already ...
Upside momentum continues to favor utility stocks, which retain top billing among US sectors in the one-year total return column via a set of proxy ETFs. These companies have been strong all year, which is starting to worry some analysts. Brian Krawez at Scharf Investments, for instance, told Forbes ...
The first half of 2016 has been a rocky road for the US economy, but the macro trend has muddled through and continues to post growth that appears to be strong enough to avoid a new recession. The main sources for keeping the expansion alive: job growth and consumer spending.
The three-month average of the Chicago Fed National Activity Index (CFNAI) is expected to tick higher in tomorrow’s June report, based on The Capital Spectator’s average point forecast for several econometric estimates. The average projection for -0.17 reflects a moderate improvement over the previous month. The forecast for June continues ...