Political Calculations

Posted July 01, 2016

Not long ago, we built a tool to estimate the economic impact of new jobs, where we focused on what the economic footprint that particular industries might have if they were to start doing business in a community.

Posted June 30, 2016

Although the data for recent months is still preliminary, it appears that the rapid inflation phase of the second bubble for new home prices in the U.S. ended in September 2015.

Posted June 29, 2016

The U.S. Federal Reserve released its latest Flow of Funds report for the U.S. economy back on 9 June 2016, which we're finally getting around to today to give us a better idea of how the U.S. economy performed in the first quarter of 2016.

Posted June 28, 2016

If you want to know where stock prices are going to go next, you need to know three things:

Posted June 23, 2016

How much will U.S. GDP most likely be revised when the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis publishes its annual revision to the nation's real GDP on 29 July 2016?

Posted June 21, 2016

How is the pace of dividend cuts in the U.S. stock market during 2016-Q2 coming along compared to the previous quarter? And how does that compare to the pace of dividend cuts that was recorded in the year ago quarter of 2015-Q2?

Posted June 16, 2016

Tuesday, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis released its estimates of state level Gross Domestic Product through 2015-Q4. As it did, the BEA revised its previous quarterly GDP estimates for each state going back to at least 2005-Q1.

Posted June 15, 2016

What if your town got really lucky and landed a new major employer - one that would directly bring hundreds of high-paying jobs to your community that would also boost the number of other jobs available locally? How big of an economic benefit could that be for your town?

Posted June 14, 2016

After the fireworks of the previous week, the second week of June 2016 was extremely quiet by comparison.

Posted June 09, 2016

How much can climate change impact the economy?

Posted June 08, 2016

There is really no other way to describe the state of international trade between the United States and China other than to say that not only has it stopped growing, it has started to shrink.

Posted June 07, 2016

Did you ever get the feeling that maybe what the Fed really wants is for everyone to be trapped in the amber of uncertainty?

Posted June 03, 2016

What are the trends for dividends in the U.S. stock market? Is it healthy, with the number of firms increasing their dividends increasing and the number of firms decreasing their dividends decreasing? Or is it not so healthy with the vice-versa scenario playing out?

Posted June 01, 2016

Let's shake things up a bit and start this week's review of last week's action in the S&P 500 by considering the major market moving headlines of the week preceding the Memorial Day holiday weekend in the U.S.

Posted May 26, 2016

Not long ago, we came across a data source that provided over 150 years worth of nominal price data for wheat crops grown in the U.S., which we recently visualized.

Posted May 25, 2016

On Monday, 16 May 2016, the U.S. Treasury updated its accounting of the national origins of the major foreign holders of debt issued by the U.S. government through the end of March 2016, the halfway point of the federal government's fiscal year.

Posted May 24, 2016

Quite a lot has happened since we last commented on the S&P 500 and the news events that influenced it during the first part of the third week of May 2016.

Posted May 20, 2016

Last year, on 20 August 2016, a four year long period of order in the U.S. stock market came to a crashing end.

Posted May 19, 2016

Although the poorly laid plans of the TSA interfered with our usual posting schedule this week, we're fortunate in that recent developments in the market are giving us something far more interesting to write about today that what we might otherwise have discussed this past Monday.

Posted May 13, 2016

How much money does the U.S. federal government owe to China?


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