The Confusing State Of Retail Sales

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Warren Buffett is confused about retail trade stating "retailing is tough for me to figure out". Not only is the retail model changing - but consumer spending and inflation trends are changing also.

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When Marxists Deploy the Quantity Theory of Money and Other Economic Nonsense

by Philip Pilkington

Article of the Week from Fixing the Economists

It’s truly infuriating to watch left-wingers talk absolute nonsense when discussing the economy. I encounter it all too often. What you generally get is a hodge-podge of incoherent economic ideas — usually incorporating the worst aspects of right-wing doctrines like monetarism — topped off with a general hand-wave that, well, capitalism is full of ‘contradictions’ and doesn’t work anyway so what’s the use of discussing it in any detail.

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Consumer Spending Increase Saves 4Q 2016 GDP Estimate from a Decline

February 28th, 2017
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by Rick Davis, Consumer Metrics Institute

February 28, 2017 - BEA Revision Revises 4th Quarter 2016 GDP Growth To 1.85%:

In their second estimate of the US GDP for the fourth quarter of 2016, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) reported that the US economic growth rate was +1.85%, essentially unchanged from the +1.87% previously reported but down by nearly half (-1.68%) from the prior quarter.

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Wasteful Health Care Spending

February 28th, 2017
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 by Timothy Taylor, Conversable Economist

The high costs of health care are not just an issue for the United States, but for countries all over the world. The OECD addresses the issue of How to Tackle Wasteful Health Care Spending in a January 2017 (which can be ordered or read online for free here).

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Democratic Development Lowers the Cost of Credit

 from Voxeu.org

-- this post authored by Manthos Delis, Iftekhar Hasan, and Steven Ongena

The positive relationship between democratic development and economic outcomes is well established. Using three decades of international data, this column identifies a new channel for this effect – the cost of credit to corporations. It also analyses loan pricing in Turkey to reveal a substantial rise in the average cost of lending after the attempted coup d’etat in July 2016. Together, these results highlight how efficiency in loan pricing results in a comparative advantage for firms in democratic countries over those in less democratic or authoritarian countries.

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