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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Here’s another letter from a reader. If reading about my faith turns you off, stop reading now, because this will be thicker than usual.
I’ve just started reading your blog, and greatly enjoy it. I noticed you integrated your faith with your perception of the world and economics/policy. I am ...
Sometime in the next few weeks, I am going to dig into my pre-2003 [pre-RealMoney] files and see if there is anything there to share with readers. Most of my best stories I have already told in my various series. The one I will tell tonight I don’t think I ...
A letter from a reader:
I am XXX, from India. I started reading your blog since few months. Few of the things i learnt, and much more are really complex for me to understand, the learning is ON.
Somehow i decided that ” being good value investor and control the behaviour” ...
Mark Twain is overquoted on this, but only because he deserves to be quoted:
“History doesn’t ...
This is a very short book. I read the whole thing in 40 minutes. It has one main idea: what if you could create a less variable portfolio that returns as much as the traditional 60% S&P 500, 40% Barclays Aggregate blend? Wouldn’t you want ...
Warren Buffett has made such an impression on value investors and insurance investors, that they think that float is magic. Write insurance, gain float, invest cleverly against the float, and make tons of money.
Now, the insurance industry in general has been a great place to invest, but we need to think about ...
Recently, a friend of mine from Canada came to stay with me. We talked about a wide number of things, but when we talked about investing, I described insurance investing to him, giving my usual explanation on reserving.
Classical life insurance reserves are a science. Death happens with regularity, it is ...
Before I get to the letter, I recommend reading, You’re Ready for Retirement, but Your Savings Aren’t by Jonathan Clement, if you have access to the Wall Street Journal. Main point: if you can work until age 70, do that, and then retire.
Here’s the letter:
A little background about myself. ...
When I read articles like this where people get scammed borrowing money, I say to myself, “we need to teach children the compound interest math.”
Even my dear wife does not get it, and she sends the children to me when they don’t get it. But beyond learning the math, a ...
As time has gone along, I realize that my blog is different. I do things that most bloggers don’t do, e.g. book reviews, answer e-mails publicly, and a few other things. Also, my audience is far more international than most, with a large contingent from India. Well, here is another ...