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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

Share buybacks, our investment deficit, and bad tax ideas

July 13th, 2016

A quick note with more pictures than words. –Investment, both private business investment and public investment (infrastructure), have been weak of late. –In fact, as a share of GDP, business investment has consistently hit lower peaks over the last few business cycles. –Yet we know corporate profitability is high and the cost of capital is… Read more