As a tireless (some would say tiresome) advocate for full employment and the benefits it yields for working people, you can imagine how I was thrown by this NYT headline over a piece by economics reporter Bin Appelbaum: Black jobless rates remain high, but Fed can’t do much to help. “Shots fired!” as the kids… Read more
Members of Congress and interested observers have advocated adding a chapter to the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal (TPP) that takes action against trading partners who manage their currencies to subsidize their exports to us and tax our exports to them. An often heard argument against this idea is that it would put our own… Read more
Over at the Upshot, but here’s the key figure which tells a heckuva story. Typically, forecasts that continuously err on one side versus more random error suggest there’s a structural change in the economy that’s left out of the model. Plus, you gotta love the Queen Elizabeth anecdote and picture. Not to be rude,… Read more
Over at PostEverything…it’s designed to re-align the interests of savers and financial advisors as the misalignment is costing retirees as much as percentage point a year. The financial lobby is not at all pleased with this development.
–Teresa Tritch, with characteristic efficiency, nails the essentials of the building Greek/German showdown, emphasizing the critical point that this isn’t a simple story of virtuous lenders and profligate borrowers. Both sides swam in de-Nile since Greece entered the eurozone, and now that the implosion has occurred, the Greeks cannot be the only ones to shoulder… Read more