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Economic Forecasts Have Nothing to do With Market Direction

Sol Palha | Posted 09.13.2016 | Business
Sol Palha

Wise men are instructed in reason men of less understanding by experience; the most unknowing learn by necessity. Wise men do in the beginning what fo...

Dubious Digits: Is This Data Really That Accurate?

David H. Bailey | Posted 01.10.2015 | Science
David H. Bailey

Falsely precise predictions and/or projections undermine the whole rationale of scientific estimation. It is thus incumbent on the authors and producers of such data to only present data to levels of accuracy that can truly be rigorously justified.

Guess Which Small Businesses Are Growing The Fastest?

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 12.22.2013 | Business
Mary Ellen Biery

With the U.S. economy's slow growth in recent quarters, it may seem like nobody's seeing much business, least of all small firms. But Sageworks, a fi...

September Jobs Report Is Finally Coming Out

Reuters | Lucia Mutikani | Posted 10.17.2013 | Business

* New dates set for some September economic data * Employment report to be released on Tuesday * September CPI data due on Oct. 30 * October ...

Data Shows Depth of U.S. Inequality

Jerry Lanson | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics
Jerry Lanson

Evidence continues to pour in that the United States, much-ballyhooed as a place of equal opportunity, is anything but. Too bad next to no one in Washington seems to much notice anymore.

Restoring Our American Dream

Michael Farr | Posted 11.28.2012 | Business
Michael Farr

Elections are over, politicians continue to bicker, and Greece insists on furthering their already impressive implosion. Thanksgiving may help if it can bring to mind those seminal American values that are the foundation and bedrock of our country.

Mark Gongloff

Three Signs We're In A New Recession -- And Five Signs We Aren't | Mark Gongloff | Posted 10.01.2012 | Business

Breaking news about the economy, everybody: It still stinks. The good news? At least we're not in another recession. Some of you may think we never...

Not All That Glitters Is Gold

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 11.19.2012 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Gross Domestic Product, better known as GDP, is the market value of all final goods and services produced within a country in a given period. That's why GDP per capita is widely used as a summary indicator of living standards in a country.

What the Stock Market is Telling Us

Michael Farr | Posted 07.03.2012 | Business
Michael Farr

The breakdown of S&P 500 returns by sector is once again telling us something. This time the breakdown is confirming what the incoming economic data over the past several weeks has been saying all along: global economic growth is slowing.

Mark Gongloff

7 Reasons The Jobs Report Might Be Lousy Again | Mark Gongloff | Posted 05.31.2012 | Business

It's almost that time again, America: We're less than 24 hours away from the latest jobs report, which could help decide the 2012 presidential electio...

Economy On The Brink, Again

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 04.20.2012 | Business

Few people know the true origins of the tradition of getting high at 4:20, but everybody needs to know seven and a half things each day. Here they are...

Economy Scores Passing Grade, Today Anyway

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 03.01.2012 | Business

President Obama has bet a second term on selling an economic comeback. A big truckload of economic data released today suggests he's not losing that b...

Mark Gongloff

Actually Not Terrible Economic News Drives Stocks To Fresh Highs | Mark Gongloff | Posted 02.16.2012 | Business

If yesterday's economic numbers were tasty but small potatoes, today's are a little more like a balanced meal. This morning's batch of economic data, ...

U.S. Economy Shows Signs Of Momentum

Posted 11.16.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON (Lucia Mutikani) - The economy showed signs it maintained speed into the fourth quarter as retail sales increased in October and a gauge of...

U.S. Economy May Avoid Recession -- But Only Because Economy Can't Get Much Worse | Rich Miller and Simon Kennedy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

(Bloomberg) -- The U.S. economy is so bad that the chance of avoiding a double dip back into recession may actually be pretty good. The sectors of ...

No Virgina, the Economic Stats Aren't Manipulated

Hale "Bonddad" Stewart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

One of the greatest themes around the economic blogsphere is the government is manipulating the numbers to make things look better than they are. However, this is an easily debunked claim.

Economist Andrew Smithers: S&P 500 Overvalued By 40%, Could Plunge

BloggingStocks | Tom Johansmeyer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Economist and president of a research firm that bears his name, Andrew Smithers (not related to the Smithers of Mr. Burns fame) is saying our on-fire ...

Simon Johnson on the Evidence for Overmighty Finance

Robert Teitelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert Teitelman

For all its influence, economics doesn't really have much to say about something as fundamental (and yes, complex) as the relationship between the size of the financial sector and growth in the real economy.