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The Four Biggest Agencies in the Federal Budget

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

UPDATE: I updated the charts to give them the same scale as per BG’s request. I mentioned the other day that I’m looking at the Federal Budget. I have entered the budget numbers for every agency from 1970 through 2011 (2010 and 2011 numbers are still considered estimates). I plan to go back and enter […]

Looking at the 2008 and 2009 Budget for the U.S.

Monday, August 29th, 2011

I have been spending some time lately analyzing the budget for the United States. The Budget for Fiscal year 2011, Historical Tables (PDF) publishes some pretty interesting information. One of those tables is Table 4.1—Outlays by Agency: 1962-2015. I spent a good part of the weekend entering the information for 1970 – 2011 so that […]

John Steele Gordon’s Primer on the National Debt

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Pretty good op-ed piece in this morning’s WSJ by John Steele Gordon. He opens the piece with some definitions (bold mine)… So, a few definitions. The total national debt of the United States is the sum of all federal bills, notes and bonds that have been issued by the Treasury and not yet redeemed. The […]

ANOTHER Mortgage Plan…

Friday, August 26th, 2011

All these different bailouts are getting old. Here’s the latest. The details are vague: One proposal would allow millions of homeowners with government-backed mortgages to refinance them at today’s lower interest rates, about 4 percent, according to two people briefed on the administration’s discussions who asked not to be identified because they were not allowed […]

I Wish You the Best, Mr. Jobs

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

I hate to see him go: Jobs’ Resignation Marks Storied Career.

This August’s Effect on the History of the S&P 500 Index

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

I put the following graphic together to show you the impact that August 2011 is having on the history of the S&P 500 Index. It’s pretty interesting. The second column shows the average, median, standard deviation, and geometric average for ALL August months through 2010. The third column shows the same stats for ALL August […]

Home-Loan Delinquencies Rise Again

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Not good news: Home-Loan Delingquencies Rise Again. The Mortgage Bankers Association said 12.87% of mortgage loans on one-to-four-unit homes were 30 days or longer past due or in the foreclosure process at the end of the second quarter, representing more than 6.3 million households. The second-quarter figure was down from 14.4% one year earlier but […]

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