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Economists respond to Juncker’s State of the Union speech

The European Commission president’s suggestion that joining the euro should be compulsory for all EU members is not well received by over three quarters of leading economists responding to the latest Centre for Macroeconomics and CEPR survey. Show More Summary

NAR: "Existing-Home Sales Subside 1.7 Percent in August "

From the NAR: Existing-Home Sales Subside 1.7 Percent in August Existing-home sales stumbled in August for the fourth time in five months as strained supply levels continue to subdue overall activity, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Show More Summary

Insanely Concentrated Wealth Is Strangling Our Prosperity

By Steve Roth, the publisher of Evonomics. He is a Seattle-based serial entrepreneur, and a student of economics and evolution. He blogs at Asymptosis, Angry Bear, and Seeking Alpha. Follow him on Twitter: @asymptosis. Originally published at Evonomics Remember Smaug the dragon, in The Hobbit? He hoarded up a vast pile of wealth, and then he […]

What the Fed’s New $4.5 Trillion Balance Sheet Plan Means for the Stock Market Today

The Dow Jones today is flat in pre-market hours as Fed Chair Janet Yellen will make a historic announcement today... The post What the Fed’s New $4.5 Trillion Balance Sheet Plan Means for the Stock Market Today was originally published at The Wall Street Examiner. Follow the money!

Stock And Financial Markets Pause Ahead Of FOMC Statement, Yellen Comments

World stock markets were mixed in subdued trading overnight. The post Stock And Financial Markets Pause Ahead Of FOMC Statement, Yellen Comments was originally published at The Wall Street Examiner. Follow the money!

AIA: Architecture Billings Index "growth streak" continues in August

Note: This index is a leading indicator primarily for new Commercial Real Estate (CRE) investment. From the AIA: Architecture Billings Index continues growth streakWith all geographic regions and building project sectors showing positive...Show More Summary

Daily Trades List Update for September 20

Daily trades list update for September 20, 2017. Market Update Pro subscribers click here to download the report. Not yet a subscriber? Try the Market Update Pro including Daily Trades risk free for 90 days. If, within that time, you don’t find the information useful, I will give you a full refund. Show More Summary

Obamacare Repeal Bill Offers Both Enormous Flexibility and Uncertainty

States would be given money to establish their own health policies, and it’s hard to know who would remain covered and how.

The harm of high housing costs

The Resolution Foundation points out that people are spending three times as much of their incomes on housing today than they were 50 years ago, and that 30-year-olds spend more of their income on housing than did their grandparents at...

Eduardo Porter Criticizes NYT Editorial Calling for Increased Protectionism

It's good to see the NYT has diverse voices on economic issues. In his "Economic Scene" column on the economy's supposed labor shortage, Porter argued that "raising barriers to imports — inviting retaliation from trading partners — is...Show More Summary

Brexit Denialism: The Customs/Border Problem and the Curious Case of the Pallets

A case study of how basic, critically important Brexit issues like customs are being ignored by the Government, to the peril of the public.

Reminder: Kansas City Meetup This Friday, September 22

Looking forward to seeing Kansas City readers and perhaps some attendees from the MMT conference at our meetup this Friday!

The Boring Story of the 2016 Election

The most accurate story of why Clinton lost in 2016 is the simplest and most obvious: many people really really didn't like her.

NYT Covers Up For Republicans Planning Big Tax Cut for Rich Backers

After screaming about budget deficits throughout the Obama administration, Republicans in Congress are apparently planning to pass tax cuts that will substantially increase the budget deficit from the baseline projections. The NYT decided...Show More Summary

Ideas aren’t running out, but they are getting more expensive to find

The rate of productivity growth in advanced economies has been falling. Optimists hope for a fourth industrial revolution, while pessimists lament that most potential productivity growth has already occurred. This column argues that data on the research effort across all industries shows the costs of extracting ideas have increased sharply over time. Show More Summary

VIrtues and Flaws: NAFTA, and Economists' Views of NAFTA

Apropos of Janet Napolitano's : The future of NAFTA and the state of U.S.-Mexico relations: "A forum hosted by the University of California and Tecnológico de Monterrey..."... ---- My present thoughts about NAFTA: Nearly a quarter century...Show More Summary

Wednesday: FOMC Announcement, Existing Home Sales

Wednesday:• At 7:00 AM ET, The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) will release the results for the mortgage purchase applications index.• During the day, The AIA's Architecture Billings Index for August (a leading indicator for commercial real estate).• At 10:00 AM, Existing Home Sales for August from the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Show More Summary

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