On June 23, voters in the United Kingdom will decide whether to remain part of the European Union or withdraw from it. The possibility of a British E.U. exit—often shortened to “Brexit”—has caused lots of noise in the press. But … Read more
Tag Archives: Economy & markets
On Friday, the Commerce Department’s revision to fourth quarter GDP indicated that the U.S. economy expanded by 2.4% in 2015, consistent with our expectations. In the year ahead, growth will most likely moderate toward 2%, our estimate of its longer-term … Read more
While the title may raise a few eyebrows given the equity market’s rocky start to 2016, its inspiration is Glenn Frey, the legendary singer-songwriter for the Eagles, who passed away on January 18, 2016. “Take it Easy,” co-written by Frey, … Read more
A few weeks ago, I reviewed preliminary reports on first-quarter growth in the U.S. economy. The news was grim: annualized shrinkage of 0.7%. “The economy has now contracted in three separate quarters since the recession ended in mid-2009,” The Wall … Read more
Every December, my department holds a white elephant gift exchange. We place wrapped gifts on a table and take a number. When our number is called, we can select a gift or “steal” a gift that someone else has already … Read more
An exchange I had during the holidays triggered my desire to write—and, hopefully, get some feedback from all of you.
The topic du jour is the fiscal cliff and what the government (House, Senate, President) will or will not do … Read more