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March 2017 Fed Funds Rate

What is the effect of a 0.25% change in the Fed Funds rate?.

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March 2017 Payroll Employment

Payroll employment has not grown impressively since 2000. Some baby-boomers retired, but that does not totally account for this graph.

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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 .

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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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September 12, 2017, 1:13 pm, 1771308

If 2007 was the year of social media, then 2008 was the year of niche social media. If you’re a plugged-in money geek, you’ve likely outgrown your reliance on catch-all social media sites like Digg and Delicious. And if you’re a blogger, no longer is submitting your blog posts only ...

September 12, 2017, 1:13 pm, 1771309

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September 12, 2017, 1:13 pm, 1771310

Are you looking for seasoned real estate blogs? You can find them, especially if you comb through lists from years gone by. We did just that, as we pored through lists like those at International Listings (Top 100 Real Estate Blogs) and at Real ...

September 12, 2017, 1:13 pm, 1771311

The theories and principles behind economics are difficult for many to understand. However, many of the following blogs take this difficulty into consideration as they try to reach out to a broad audience in many cases. The list contains some of the most popular international perspectives, academic blogs and a ...

September 12, 2017, 1:13 pm, 1771307

We hear about millionaires — and billionaires — quite frequently. But less often do we hear about pet millionaires. They do, however, exist. Since 1923, when the first reported case of a pet inheritance was affirmed in Willett vs. Willett, pets have been receiving money. Sometimes quite a lot of ...

September 12, 2017, 1:13 pm, 1771306

Ah, remember the good ole days of manually balancing your checkbook with pencil and paper? Did we really use to do that before online banking became the norm earlier this decade? As much as online banking has made our financial lives simpler, it only got us half-way there. Sure, we ...

September 12, 2017, 1:13 pm, 1771303

For the last few years, there has been talk about a North American currency. The recent success of the euro, and efforts by six Persian Gulf states to create a unified currency, have created a climate in which there is speculation that Canada, Mexico and the United States ...

September 12, 2017, 1:13 pm, 1771304

Why pay for investment advice? While it might pay to dish out cash to follow pros who work at Wall Street Journal, The Street and others, sometimes it’s good to follow a few folks who want to spread their investment news for free.

September 12, 2017, 1:13 pm, 1771305

He’s called the Oracle of Omaha, and for good reason: not only is he one of the best investors of all time, but he’s also a witty communicator. If you read one of Berkshire Hathaway’s annual shareholder letters (BTW–I love their Web site design!), you’ll feel like Warren Buffett ...

September 12, 2017, 1:13 pm, 1771302

The recent credit crisis has battered our businesses, costs us jobs, crushed our loan prospects, smashed our hopes of a quick recession recovery, and generally made many of us mad as hell. Still, there are lessons to be learned from such a dismal situation. While you might not like ...