Archive for the ‘Fiscal Policy’ Category

That second quarter GDP report: should we be worried?

August 1st, 2016

I didn’t much like that GDP report from last Friday, showing that the economy expanded at an annual rate of 1.2% in the second quarter. OTEers know my methods: I prefer to smooth out the quarterly noise by looking at year-over-year trends. However, as the figure below shows, that doesn’t help so much. In fact,… Read more

House cleaning…and where’s Jared?

July 28th, 2016

Sorry, OTE’ers. I’ve been remiss. Not only have I failed to post much here of late, but I haven’t been providing links to posts I’ve placed elsewhere. EG, over at PostEverything: From today, a discussion about very recent wage trends. They’ve turned up due both to tighter job markets, a central prediction of so much… Read more

Bond yields are just so damn low…what is that telling us?

July 6th, 2016

I pour the morning cup of mud, schlep out to the stoop to get my paper, and open my WSJ to learn that the yield curve is awfully flat (i.e., the difference between the interest rates of bonds of different maturities is low). In fact, the yield on the 10-yr–1.367% yesterday–is the lowest on record…. Read more

Brexit and austerity: they’re connected

June 27th, 2016

As I discuss in today’s WaPo, Brexit was a function of many factors: –PM David Cameron’s reckless, opportunistic political gambit: calling for the referendum back in 2013 to assuage his far right Euro-skeptics in time for the upcoming election. –Strong anti-immigration and anti-globalization sentiments. The unleashed xenophobia, surely linked to the refugee crisis, is to… Read more