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Analysis Topic: Economic Trends Analysis

The analysis published under this topic are as follows.

Economics

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Are We Heading for Hyperinflation or Deflation? - At Philosophical Crossroads / Economics / Global Financial System

By: Brian_Bloom

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleFor some unfathomable reason, the human mind tends to think in terms of extremes. For example: “Death or Glory”, “Success or Failure”, “Accelerating growth or Collapse”.

Thus, the questions being asked in today's financial world seem to be revolving around whether we are facing “hyperinflation or depression”. All of which begs the questions: Why does it have to be at one or the other extreme? Why can't there be something in between? Alternatively, why can't there be a paradigm shift which renders the very question irrelevant?

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Economics

Friday, November 30, 2007

The Era of Credit Driven Consumer Spending Comes to an End / Economics / US Economy

By: Peter_Schiff

In an article this week that examined the troubles brewing in Citigroup's mortgage business, the Wall Street Journal focused on Natalie Brandon, a 51 year old married woman from Granada Hills, CA, who is currently unable to make the payments on her $625,000 adjustable rate home loan from Citigroup, despite the fact that the rate will not even reset higher until June of next year. Amazingly, the Journal reported that Mrs. Brandon bought the house in 1985 for just $105,000, but had chosen to refinance five times over the past seven years, borrowing more than $500,000 and spending every single penny. While this may be an extreme example of American profligacy, it is by no means unique. Unfortunately this type of behavior typifies everything that is wrong with the modern American economy.

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Economics

Thursday, November 29, 2007

US Fed Behind the Economic and Housing Curve / Economics / US Economy

By: Jim_Willie_CB

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe US Federal Reserve is behind the curve. Great consequences have resulted and are likely to continue to result. Many words can be used to describe this group. What come to mind are inept, compromised, corrupted, distracted, ill-trained, but also clueless, deceptive, myopic, overly cautious, and off the market in their focus. When they remain transfixed on economic growth versus price inflation, they are stuck in the past, in a world that no longer exists. The corrupt spew of fraudulent mortgage bonds disseminated throughout the investment community has both crippled the banking system from profound distrust, and inhibited the USEconomy from credit supply fraught with obstacles. With their irresponsibly slow reaction to significant threats to the entire economic and financial system, the hapless USFed has put several things at grave risk. Since mid-September, the USFed has cut the official rate twice by a total of 75 basis points (0.75%), and reduced the discount rate.

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Economics

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

United States Diseased Monetary Bloodstream / Economics / Money Supply

By: Professor_Emeritus

Invited Address Delivered on November 18, 2007, in Torrance, California,  to a Joint Session of the Positive Deviant Network and the Flight to Genius movement:

Dear Fellow Deviants, Dear Fellow Travelers standing by for the next flight to Genius, Ladies and Gentlemen: Synergy Be With You!

One of the truly spectacular sights is from the airplane as it makes its approaches to Los Angeles International Airport at dusk. Down below is the illuminated “live” map of Los Angeles with its winding and intersecting freeways, with an endless flow of white headlights and an opposite flow of red tail-lights. It reminds me of the human bloodstream with its flow of white and red blood corpuscles. As I was flying in the other day I could not help but contemplate that possibly just a handful in a million people down there may realize what a fatal year 2007 has been, as the rest are completely oblivious to the great dangers awaiting the world on this Thanksgiving Day.

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Economics

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Leading Indicators: Part 1- U.S. Economic Health is Weakening / Economics / US Economy

By: Donald_W_Dony

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAfter almost five years of easy continuous expansion, the cracks are beginning to show in the U.S. economy. From a failing U.S. dollar to deep investor fears in the housing market to ever louder concerns over the twin deficits. This article examines three key indicators and their implications in 2008.

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Economics

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

The Red Queen US Economy / Economics / US Economy

By: Paul_Petillo

"Well, in our country," said Alice (of Lewis Carroll's "Through the Looking-Glass" fame), still panting a little, "you'd generally get to somewhere else — if you run very fast for a long time, as we've been doing."

"A slow sort of country!" said the Queen. "Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!"

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Economics

Monday, November 26, 2007

US Recession Avoidable - The Falling US Dollar and the US Economy / Economics / US Economy

By: Gerard_Jackson

What a week that was. Australia's conservative government gets thrashed by a bunch of unioncrats, lefty journalists and an economic illiterate with intellectual pretensions while at the same time as the US dollar goes high diving. These are certainly interesting times.

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Economics

Monday, November 26, 2007

Market Fundamentalism and the Tyranny of US Monetary System / Economics / Money Supply

By: Richard_C_Cook

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleRecommendations for Reform of the US Monetary System

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,
that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights,
that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

1. What We Must Do Today
“Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” are, or should be, the fruits of democracy. But the political democracy defined by the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution has not been achieved because economic democracy has not been achieved. The attainment of real economic democracy is the next task for the American people.

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Economics

Monday, November 26, 2007

UK Inflation Forecast 2008 (RPI and CPI) / Economics / Inflation

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe recent up tick in UK inflation has sparked inflation concerns to continue going into 2008. However the Market Oracle anticipated the recent up tick as a consequence of money supply growth earlier in the year as an indicator of future inflation and that the up tick would prove temporary as many factors converge towards deflationary pressures during 2008 that will allow the Bank of England to start cutting UK interest rates towards a target of 5% before the decline in UK inflation starts and for UK inflation to subsequently fall towards the Market Oracle targets of 3% RPI and 1.8% CPI towards the end of 2008.

The following analysis presents some of the key factors that will result in the fall in UK Inflation during 2008.

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Economics

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Is the US Economy Facing a Credit Crunch? / Economics / US Economy

By: Gerard_Jackson

Every time an economic crisis seems to be on the horizon you can bet your last dollar that scores of advisers will be warning that a drop in consumer confidence will cause a fall in consumer demand which will drive the economy into recession. For the umpteenth time, business spending drive the economy and not consumption. The Bureau of Economic Analysis now includes intermediate goods in its calculations, producing what it calls “gross output”. This figure shows business spending at about 50 per cent of aggregate spending. My own calculations put total spending at about $30 trillion

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Economics

Monday, November 19, 2007

Australia’s Plummeting Unemployment: Miracle or Good Economics? / Economics / Austrailia

By: Gerard_Jackson

Australia’s seems to be facing the happy prospect of unemployment falling to 4 per cent or less. What was once thought to be impossible has become the mundane. How can this be? We have been told year after year that the jobless were doomed to be always with us because it would require a savage cut in real wage rates to restore full employment (Gittins Gregory). Therefore it would not only be heartless to cut real wages but also suicidal. I said at the time that this view was absolute rubbish. Time has once again proved me correct.

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Economics

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Real US Inflation is 6% Not 2% Implying Stagflation / Economics / Inflation

By: John_Mauldin

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn this issue:
  • How do You Spell Stagflation?
  • Cooking the Inflation Books
  • Gaming the Producer Price Index
  • Consumer Spending is Up, but then Again, It May Be Down
  • A Two Dimensional Problem
  • Saudi Justice
  • New York, Toronto, Europe and Thanksgiving

This week we look at inflation. Is it just over 2%, giving the Fed room to cut rates, or will it be closer to 4% by the next FOMC meeting, making a rate cut problematic? How do they get those numbers? When and how can two opposite things be true at the same time? The answer depends on how many dimensions you are living in when you are asking the question. The Fed is going to be faced with a very difficult decision at its next meeting, and there results of there deliberations will be felt by you.

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Economics

Friday, November 16, 2007

US Is a Nation of Subprime Consumers - Foreign Exporters To Reduce US Exposure / Economics / UK Economy

By: Peter_Schiff

When home prices skyrocketed in the early part of this decade, everyone seemed to forget that the subprime borrowers were high risk by definition. Now that losses are snowballing, lenders are belatedly rethinking the “wisdom” of making such loans in the first place. Similar conclusions will soon be reached by foreign nations that have supplied American consumers with goods that they can not afford. In reality, America is a nation of subprime consumers.

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Economics

Friday, November 16, 2007

Small Businesses Join Big Businesses and Households In Their US Economic Pessimism / Economics / US Economy

By: Paul_L_Kasriel

The Small Business Optimism Index, which is tallied by the National Federation of Independent Business, dropped 1.1 points in October to a level of 96.2. As shown in Chart 1, this October level is below levels that prevailed just before the past two recessions. Charts 2 and 3 show qualitatively similar results for large corporation CEOs and for the little people – households. It seems as though just about everyone is as or more pessimistic about the economic landscape as they were just prior to the past two recessions. Everyone, that is, except the stock jockeys today. I wonder what Kool-Aid they are drinking.

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Economics

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Impact of Immigration on Economic Growth Jobs and Housing / Economics / Immigration

By: Gerard_Jackson

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe charge that immigration destroys jobs is a common economic fallacy. On the surface it appears as an obvious truism that if a country has a high level of unemployment then increasing immigration can only cause more unemployment. Obvious but false. This fallacy is based on the lump-of-labour fallacy that assumes a fixed amount of work. The same fallacy lies behind the belief that technology causes unemployment.

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Economics

Thursday, November 15, 2007

US October Retail Sales Growth Slows Whilst PPI Inflation Shows Small Rise / Economics / US Economy

By: Paul_L_Kasriel

Retail sales rose 0.2% in October, following a revised 0.7% gain in the prior month. Excluding autos and gasoline , retails sales edged up 0.1% during October after a 0.2% increase in the prior month. The component of retail sales which excludes autos, gas , and building materials, often used to gauge underlying strength of consumer spending, held steady in October following a 0.2% gain in the prior month. The August reading (-0.4% now vs. 0.0 original estimate) of this measure shows a downward revision, which points to a downward revision of consumer spending in the third quarter. Each of these measures sends a convincing message of soft retail sales.

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Economics

Thursday, November 15, 2007

China Inflation Problem A Result of Policy of Support for the US Dollar / Economics / China Economy

By: Paul_L_Kasriel

China's inflation problem will continue as long as the U.S. dollar remains under downward pressure and the Chinese policy is to cushion the greenback’s decline. Chart 1 illustrates the result of China’s inflation problem – i.e., rising prices for goods/services, financial assets and real assets. Chart 2 illustrates the reason for China’s inflation problem – i.e., excessive credit creation by the People’s Bank of China (PBoC), the Chinese equivalent of the U.S. Federal Reserve.

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Economics

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Bank of England Warning Over UK Economy - Stagflation Risk During 2008 / Economics / UK Economy

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Mervyn King, the Bank of England Governor belatedly recognised that the credit crunch is likely to strongly impact the UK Economy during 2008 resulting in a sharp slowdown accompanied by rising inflation going into 2008.

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Economics

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Credit Crisis Meltdown Is a Prelude to Global Economic Depression / Economics / Recession

By: Christopher_Laird

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMonster Western credit crisis – prelude to a depression

  • The present contraction of credit
  • Gold in this situation

Present contraction of credit
The West (US,EU, Canada) is in the midst of a gigantic and spreading credit crisis that may well to lead it into a depression, if it is not fixed soon. So far, Central bank infusions (Over $1trillion worth in a few months since July!) have been the only thing that has stopped a massive bank liquidity crisis from shutting down commerce. But the damage to credit markets thus far is so huge, and worsening rapidly, that a very bad outcome seems assured. Gregory Peters of Morgan Stanley said there is a better than 50% chance of a systemic banking crisis that will hammer credit markets at this time.

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Economics

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Inflation Expectations Are Expected To Soar During 2008 / Economics / Inflation

By: Jordan_Roy_Byrne

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIt has been over month since my last editorial, “2008-2009: Rising Inflation Expectations Amidst an Inflationary Storm.” Since then commodities have continued to soar while the stock market has struggled in the wake of the ongoing credit crisis. It now appears that a decoupling between commodities and stocks is starting to take place. Such a decoupling is a catalyst for rising inflation expectations.

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