Weekly Roundup: From Sneaker Markets to Housing Markets

Our weekly roundup includes the ups and downs of sneaker and housing markets, how women’s human capital has been wasted and healthcare cost contradictions.

Weekly Roundup: From Smart Cars to Dumb Laws

This week’s economic news summary includes work week tradeoffs in France, new labor laws for the gig economy, and why price tags are disappearing.

Weekly Roundup: From Fast Food Grades to Movie Reviews

Our economic news summary includes inflationary movie reviews, baggage productivity, fast food animal welfare grades, Chinese consumer spending and methane.

Weekly Roundup: From Fed Dots to Income Traps

Our economic news summary includes interest rates and the Fed, inequality and developing nations, space travel innovation and consumer spending changes.

Connecting the (Interest Rate) Dots

With the timing of the first Fed rate hike still a mystery, we can use the FOMC (Federal Open Market Committee) dot plots to predict when rates will rise.

What Greek Markets are Saying to Us

Reflecting collective intelligence, markets in Greek CDSs and Greek bonds, and the dwindling deposits of Greek banks show if we’ll have a Greek default.

What We Should Know About Monetary Policy

Having heard Janet Yellen’s press conference yesterday, I learned that the Federal Reserve expects that the economy will improve, their bond buying will diminish and, during the foreseeable future, interest rates will start to ascend. And yes, she spoke about unemployment and…

The One Question They Should Have Asked Janet Yellen

This bingo card was tweeted by Quartz just before Fed chair nominee Janet Yellen spoke to the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. It reminded me that Monetary Policy is not what it used to be. For years, teaching…

Monetary Policy: The Cost of QE3

Quantitative easing began and continues in front of a computer. If you had visited the Fed when QE1 was being implemented, you would have seen several people, daily, sitting in front of a computer, selecting securities and then buying them. Keeping…

Money Supply: A Cash Mystery

While the demand for cash is up… We are using it less to pay for things… So, what are people doing with their cash? (Hint: Compare the total currency in circulation to denominations up to $50.) Our clue is the…