Economics Roundtable

May 2014 Payroll Employment

After 76 months, we finally got back to the prerecession level of payroll employment.

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Jobs

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 .


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Graph-of-the-Year Candidates

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.


Remember M1?

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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December 20, 2014, 8:34 am, 1392564
Last week I recapped some of the more interesting titles that appeared in The Capital Spectator’s Book Bits column that runs on Saturday mornings. Here’s Part II of the year-end review of economic and finance books from 2014 that deserve a second look… ● Risk Savvy: How to Make Good ...


December 19, 2014, 12:34 pm, 1392174
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December 19, 2014, 8:34 am, 1392035
It’s all about real estate investment trusts (REITs) these days when it comes to bullish performance among the major asset classes via our standard list of ETF proxies for the key slices of global markets. US REITs, to be precise, are enjoying a melt-up moment. But don’t confuse the stellar ...


December 19, 2014, 6:35 am, 1391986
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December 18, 2014, 8:34 am, 1391387
Yesterday’s update of the Federal Reserve’s quarterly economic forecast is a minor triumph for optimism. The central bank still expects that US GDP in 2015 will increase in the range of 2.6% to 3.0%, unchanged from its previous estimate in September. That’s a mild expansion, but it’s a step up ...


December 18, 2014, 6:34 am, 1391314
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December 17, 2014, 8:34 am, 1390656
The global economy is under pressure these days, suffering from a troubling mix of heightened geopolitical risk and wobbly macro reports. Despite the challenging environment, the US economy still looks resilient, based on the current numbers through November. Tracking a diversified set of indicators shows that macro momentum was solidly ...


December 17, 2014, 6:34 am, 1390586
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December 16, 2014, 12:34 pm, 1390047
Today’s US economic releases – housing starts and business survey data for the manufacturing sector – suggest that the macro headwinds are increasing. It’s premature to dismiss the numbers du jour, but the previously released reports in recent weeks – payrolls, retail sales, and industrial production – offer a sharply ...


December 16, 2014, 8:34 am, 1389907
Mr. Market can be an emotional fellow at times, confusing and confounding the casual observer who tries to make sense out of market action that can appear nonsensical at times… right now, for instance. Indeed, the US stock market has been tumbling since its Dec. 5 peak – a slide ...