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WSJ: Americans are Getting Their Finances in Shape

Friday, March 9th, 2012

From Today’s WSJ: U.S. households’ net worth—the value of homes, stocks and other investments minus debts and other liabilities—rose $1.2 trillion to $58.5 trillion from October through December, the first improvement in two quarters. The increase came as the Dow Jones Industrial Average rallied nearly 12%. A measure of households’ disposable personal income jumped, helping […]

John Hussman on the Latest Employment Numbers

Monday, February 6th, 2012

From John Hussman’s latest commentary: “…it’s useful to understand how the Bureau of Labor Statistics calculated the 243,000 increase in employment that it reported for January. Total non-farm employment in the U.S., before seasonal adjustments, fell by 2,689,000 jobs in January. However, because it’s typical for the economy to lose a large number of jobs […]

Unemployment Now at 8.3%

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Just saw a headline on about the latest unemployment figures. Nonfarm payrolls rose by 243,000 last month, the Labor Department said Friday, marking the biggest gain since April. The jobless rate fell by two-tenths of a point to 8.3%, the lowest it has been since February 2009. Both figures contradicted expectations of a slowdown […]

WSJ: How the Current Recovery Measures Up

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

There was an interesting article about the U.S. recovery in today’s WSJ. Included with the article was a section that showed several graphs comparing this recovery with recoveries of the past. Bottom line: this recovery stinks. I’ll sumarize the graphs for you: According to the article, the recovery began in June 2009, when the recession […]

Schiff: The Fed is Pushing Oil Prices Higher

Monday, April 25th, 2011

I was going through my email and found a link to this interesting interview with Peter Schiff, author of one of my favorite books from last year, How an Economy Grows and Why It Crashes*. I thought this question and answer was interesting: Question: So, with a more thoughtful and sober monetary policy from the […]

CPI Quotes from Jeffrey Hirsch

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

From page 10 of Jeffrey Hirsch’s Super Boom: Why the Dow Jones Will Hit 38,820 and How You Can Profit From It* comes this quote regarding inflation: The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has tweaked and manipulated the Consumer Price Index (CPI) so many times over the past 30 years or […]

Links to the CPI Tables Going Back to 2000

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

I have been spending some time the last couple of days, looking at the CPI reports. If you’ve never looked at one of these reports, I urge you to do so. They’re pretty interesting. I still can’t for the life of me figure out why the BLS groups Education and Communications together. Why not give […]

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