Posts Tagged ‘recession’

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    Cyclical or Structural?

    Oct 9, 10 • 247 Views • No Comments

    Economists still cannot agree. With the new unemployment rate, at 9.6%, the same as the old unemployment rate, one question remains the same. Is it a jobs mismatch, contractionary lay-offs, or a third economic ailment? The diagnosis you choose will determine...  [read more]

  • What Does Quantitative Easing Do?

    Sep 26, 10 • 273 Views • 1 Comment

    A quantitative easing limerick: “I’m afraid,” said Bernanke to Geithner, “The debt crisis still has lots of bite in ‘er. Though it may cause some ranklin’ I’ll print lots more Franklins; We’ll loosen our money,...  [read more]

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    It’s Official

    Sep 21, 10 • 264 Views • No Comments

    We now know when the recession officially ended. But I still wonder whether we are moving along a “V”, a “U”, a “W” or an “L”. According to the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), the recession began...  [read more]

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    Deflation Worries

    Sep 13, 10 • 270 Views • 3 Comments

    We have something else to worry about: deflation. If you had $100 in 2000, you would need $126.60 in 2010 to make the same kinds of purchases. Called inflation, prices tend to go up each year. Most consumers and businesses are happy with a little inflation,...  [read more]

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    The Housing Dilemma

    Sep 9, 10 • 205 Views • 5 Comments

    Is it time for shock therapy? Since the housing bubble popped, from tax credits to mortgage modification programs, government has tried to support housing prices. The goal was to provide support and diminish foreclosures until the market stabilized. With...  [read more]