Angst in America, Part 5: The Crisis We Can’t Muddle Through

April 28th, 2017
in macroeconomics

by John Mauldin, Thoughts from the Frontline

“The ship of democracy, which has weathered all storms, may sink through the mutiny of those on board.”– Grover Cleveland, the 22nd and 24th president of the United States

“It is your concern when your neighbor’s wall is on fire.”– Horace

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Trade and Increased Commercial Investment Saved Q1 2017 GDP from Contraction

April 28th, 2017
in aa syndication, gdp

April 28, 2017 - BEA Estimates 1st Quarter 2017 GDP Growth At 0.69%:

by Rick Davis, Consumer Metrics Institute

In their first (preliminary) estimate of the US GDP for the first quarter of 2017, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) reported that the US economy was growing at a +0.69% annual rate, down roughly two thirds (-1.39%) from the +2.08% reported for the prior quarter.

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Angst in America, Part 4: Disappearing Pensions

April 26th, 2017
in macroeconomics

by John Mauldin, Thoughts from the Frontline

“Companies are doing everything they can to get rid of pension plans, and they will succeed.”– Ben Stein

“Lady Madonna, children at your feet
Wonder how you manage to make ends meet
Who finds the money when you pay the rent?
Did you think that money was heaven sent?” -– “Lady Madonna,” The Beatles

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Why Long-Run Theories of Profit and Accumulation Fall Short

April 22nd, 2017
in history, macroeconomics

by Philip Pilkington

Nothing gets heterodox economists quite so fussed as the long-run theory of the rate of profit. Yet, Keynes did without one altogether and when examined closely there is no way that such a theory can say anything tangible about the real world. In order to lay this out I am going to take my leave from Joan Robinson’s excellent book Economic Heresies: Some Old-Fashioned Questions in Economic Theory.

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Brexit - Who Wins and Loses

April 21st, 2017
in eurozone and euro

by Elliott Morss, Morss Global Finance

Introduction

In all likelihood, Brexit is coming. What will its effects be and what countries will be injured the most? It clearly “depends.” While it is apparent that the UK would like trade linkages to remain the same, numerous Economic Union (EU) members have been piqued by Brexit and want to strip away some of the UK’s trade benefits. At least they do as a starting point for negotiations. Below, the benefits and costs of a breakup are examined.

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