Home Work

More unemployed means more people at home. One study asked, what are the unemployed doing? During every day’s “foregone market work hours,” unemployed people are occupied with home p…

Double Dips

We do not know whether a double dip has begun. Cascading during 2008 and the first half of 2009, the GDP then began to climb. Only if it drops again will we have a double dip. In the NY Times, financi…

Looking at the Debt Ceiling

Today, at this moment, we might be hitting the debt ceiling. During the past 11 years, Congress has voted to raise the debt ceiling 10 times. In 2000, the ceiling was approximately $6 trillion; in 201…

Comparing Central Banks

Perhaps we can divide the world between inflation fighters and recession fighters. Right now, most of the inflation fighters are in the developing world. In Brazil, Russia, India and China (the BRICs)…

Savers or Borrowers?

In 1987, a $100 savings account would have earned close to $9 in interest. In 2005, $3.75 or so. Now, maybe 47 cents? The WSJ, had a good article describing how savers are suffering. The retirees who …

Cotton Markets

On November 10, 2009, the price of 1 pound of cotton was 59.2 cents. A year later it was $1.02 and now, it is close to $1.90. For many of us, the result will be more expensive jeans, more polyester, a…

More Than Just a House

The story of a small home in Los Angeles is about much more than one house. Told by Marketplace.org and KCET TV, the story of the house on Lot 354 explains the entire housing bubble and bust. Built in…

Luxury or Necessity?

Can you live without your TV? Cell phone? Dishwasher? A Pew Research survey discovered that your answer in 2006 might have been different from now. Cars were at the top with 88% of all respondents say…

A Rule About Gold

Yes, gold is a part of Dodd-Frank financial regulation but not exactly the way you would expect. Dodd-Frank says that businesses have to tell the SEC if the gold, tin, tantalum, and tungsten (the 3 Ts…

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