Category Archives: Economics

High Yield Spreads, Minsky Moment & Putin

I’m bracing for what could be a pretty severe market correction. There is a lot of leverage being used in the market with little appreciation of the risks, sometimes referred to as a Minsky Cycle. Once that cycle takes hold … Continue reading

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WEF: Property Taxes & Consumer Spending

The World Economic Forum just released a paper titled, “How do property tax rises affect consumer spending?“.  The paper looks at the impact that a rise in property taxes has on consumer spending.  It used a recent change in Italian … Continue reading

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Lets get this settled, economists are not weather forecasters. They are forward thinkers, and you should listen to what they have to say.

The lines below are mostly a response to opinions expressed by a few close friends after many vigorous debates over the value that economists provide and the role that they offer in the current discussion about income inequality… To my dear friend who contends … Continue reading

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Overtime Rules: Can We At Least Agree on Inflation Adjustments???

The House Education and Workforce Committee is holding a hearing today to discuss overtime rules.  This should be interesting… The consensus expectation seems to be that the Department of Labor will propose increasing the salary threshold for nonexempt workers to … Continue reading

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You are too poor to invest…

I have a hypothetical question for you – if you tried to invest in an early stage start-up or perhaps fund a peer-to-peer loan and you were not allowed, simply because your bank account was not big enough, would it upset … Continue reading

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Texas Manufacturing Outlook Survey hits 6 Year Low

The most recent results from the Dallas Fed’s Texas Manufacturing Outlook Survey ran across my Twitter feed and it got my attention.  The first thing I noticed was that their chart began around the middle of 2008. I always like … Continue reading

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Tyler Cowen’s comments on income inequality and technology… I disagree

I just read Tyler Cowen’s comments in the International New York Times Upshot piece titled, “How Technology Could Help Fight Income Inequality“, and I could not make it past the second paragraph before the words came rushing out of my … Continue reading

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