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The Need For Very Low Interest Rates In An Era Of Subdued Investment Spending

from Liberty Street Economics

-- this post authored by Thomas Klitgaard and Harry Wheeler

Why have interest rates stayed low for so long after the financial crisis - and will they remain low for the foreseeable future? One way to answer these questions is to use the accounting identity that global saving must equal physical investment spending and argue that low rates have been necessary to prop up investment spending enough to match saving.

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America's Missing Workers Are Primarily Middle Educated

from the Dallas Fed

-- this post authored by Alan Armen and Tyler Atkinson

The labor force participation rate has fallen since 2008, partly due to an aging population and despite a more highly educated one. After accounting for aging, those whose highest educational attainment is a high school diploma, some college or an associate degree have primarily driven the participation decrease.

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The Share Of American Women In The Labor Force Is Slipping Even As It Rises In The Rest Of The Developed World

from the Richmond Fed

-- this post authored by Helen Fessenden

In December, the Washington, D.C., City Council took a historic vote to require paid family leave for employees working in the District, joining California, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and New York as part of a movement to expand such benefits.

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Infographic Of The Day: Which Countries Are Going In The Right Direction

With so much polarization on key issues, it's tough to get a pulse on where the world is heading.

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Early Headlines: Asia Stocks Mixed, Dollar, Oil Up, Gold Down, Article 50 Day, Westinghouse Files Ch. 11, Trump Wants $1B To Start Wall, Russian Protests, China's $8T Shaky Debt, And More

Written by Econintersect

Early Bird Headlines 29 March 2017

Econintersect: Here are some of the headlines we found to help you start your day. For more headlines see our afternoon feature for GEI members, What We Read Today, which has many more headlines and a number of article discussions to keep you abreast of what we have found interesting.

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Thirty Plus Terror Suspects And Convicts Not A Rare Occurrence In UK

from Statista.com

-- this post authored by Dyfed Loesche

One prominent misconception about terrorist suspects is that they are young and therefore easily mislead.

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The Winners And Losers In Trump's Proposed Budget

from Statista.com

-- this post authored by Niall McCarthy

Donald Trump's proposed budget involves steep cuts to the majority of government departments.

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God and America (Version 3)

Written by Frank Li

God is big in America. Not only has God been bigger here than anywhere else throughout the developed world (e.g. West Europe), 'the devine' also feels especially big every four years when there is a Presidential election, although the overall trend of "faith in God" has been down over the past two decades (Religion - Gallup).

Why is God so big in America? It's a complex question requiring a long answer ...

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Corning's Glass Brimming With Taxpayer Subsidies

Special Report from ProPublica

-- this post authored by Charlotte Keith and Masako Melissa Hirsch, Investigative Post

Rita McCarthy could finally relax.

After months of speculation and negotiation, strategy sessions and late-night phone calls, Corning Inc. announced in the spring of 2013 that it would expand its factory in Erwin, New York, where McCarthy serves as town supervisor.

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Who Americans Consider Their Greatest Enemies

from Statista.com

-- this post authored by Niall McCarthy

Americans have consistently identified ISIS as the biggest threat to their nation across multiple polls.

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Has The IPad Become A Sideshow Act?

from Statista.com

-- this post authored by Felix Richter

Apple quietly announced a new iPad. The new 9.7-inch device will replace the iPad Air 2 and complete the company's tablet lineup next to the more powerful iPad Pro and the smaller iPad mini 4. The fact that Apple chose to introduce the heir to the 2010 original iPad by means of a press release is a testament to where the tablet currently stands in Apple's pecking order.

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Terrorism In Westminster: London Had Expected Attack For Some Time And Police Reaction Was Rapid

from The Conversation

-- this post authored by David Lowe, Liverpool John Moores University

At least five people are dead and 20 injured following a terrorist incident in London. What had been dreaded finally happened - an attack on UK soil which brought to mind recent tragedies on mainland Europe. Police are conducting a "major terrorist investigation".

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Are Smartphones Killing Digital Cameras

from Statista.com

-- this post authored by Felix Richter

"The best camera is the one that's with you".

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What We Read Today 28 March 2017

Econintersect: Every day our editors collect the most interesting things they find from around the internet and present a summary "reading list" which will include very brief summaries (and sometimes longer ones) of why each item has gotten our attention. Suggestions from readers for "reading list" items are gratefully reviewed, although sometimes space limits the number included.

This feature is published every day late afternoon New York time. For early morning review of headlines see "The Early Bird" published every day in the early am at GEI News (membership not required for access to "The Early Bird".).

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NASA Precise Landing Technologies Tested On Vertical Testbed Rocket

NASA is flight testing next-generation lander navigation technology through the CoOperative Blending of Autonomous Landing Technologies (COBALT) project. The technologies will enable future exploration destinations on Mars, the moon, Europa, and other planets and moons. The integrated system is being flight tested onboard a Masten Space Systems suborbital rocket vehicle called Xodiac.

March 2017 Conference Board Consumer Confidence Highest Since 2000

Written by Jill Mislinski

The latest Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index was released this morning based on data collected through March 16. The headline number of 125.6 was a sharp increase from the final reading of 116.1 for February, an upward revision from 114.8. Today's number was above the Investing.com consensus of 114.0.

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Richmond Fed Manufacturing Survey Again Improves In March 2017.

Of the five regional Federal Reserve surveys released to date, all are in expansion.

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Case-Shiller 20 City Home Price Index January 2017 Shows 5.7 % Year-over-Year Growth

Written by Steven Hansen

The non-seasonally adjusted Case-Shiller home price index (20 cities) year-over-year rate of home price growth improved to 5.7 %. The index authors stated "The prices also hurt affordability as higher prices and mortgage rates shrink the number of households that can afford to buy at current price levels. At some point, this process will force prices to level off and decline - however we don't appear to be there yet.".

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A Changing Rulebook To Tame The New Global Arms Race

from STRATFOR

-- this post authored by Omar Lamrani

Since man has gone to war, arms control has existed in some form or another. Among the first were the rules of battle protecting sanctuaries established by the dimly remembered Amphictyonic League in seventh-century B.C. Greece. More than two millennia later, cultural and religious norms and taboos restricted and established rules around organized violence until they yielded to modern arms control efforts taken up by diplomatic means and treaties - especially with the advent of industrial warfare.

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Infographic Of The Day: Chart: Understanding Alphabet's 4 Billion Dollar In "Other Bets"

Regardless of whether the policy remains in place today, one of Google's most famous management philosophies has been the "20% rule".

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Early Headlines: Asia Stocks And Dollar Up, Oil, Gold Steady, Obama Climate Policies Gone, US Oil Glut, Euro Surges, Shorts Remain, Trump Into Yemen?, Iran-Russia Deals, Cat 4 Cyclone Hits Oz, And More

Written by Econintersect

Early Bird Headlines 28 March 2017

Econintersect: Here are some of the headlines we found to help you start your day. For more headlines see our afternoon feature for GEI members, What We Read Today, which has many more headlines and a number of article discussions to keep you abreast of what we have found interesting.

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March 27, 2017 Weather and Climate Report - Will the MJO Deliver a Nino?

Written by Sig Silber

Short-term the lower Mississippi Valley seems prone to flooding issues and tornadic activity. Some models are predicting an Active Phase of the MJO for April and May. This could consolidate the two branches of the Jet Stream and trigger Kelvin Waves. If there was warm water in the Indo-Pacific Warm Pool this could induce an El Nino.

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The Most Reputable Companies Worldwide

from Statista.com

-- this post authored by Dyfed Loesche

A recent survey of corporate reputations finds that Swiss producer of luxury watches, Rolex, has the best standing worldwide 2017. The survey by the Research Institute measures the reputation of the world's most highly regarded and familiar multinational companies in 15 countries.

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Gut Bacteria Play A Role In Long-term Weight Gain

from The Conversation

-- this post authored by Ana Valdes, University of Nottingham

Weight gain happens when we consume more food than we can burn, and weight loss happens when we burn more energy than we consume. But why do some people seem to eat whatever they want and not gain weight, and others appear to gain weight even if they eat reasonable amounts of food? The answer, at least in part, may be found in the bacteria that live in our guts.

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What We Read Today 27 March 2017 - Special Public Edition

Written by Econintersect

This special public posting of this column is presented as a convenience to Global Economic Inetrsection members who normally access this article from our daily newsletter. Due to a timing error this post missed the deadline for the newsletter today. The bonus for non-members is they also get to read today's article.

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Is Less More In The Smartphone Market

from Statista.com

-- this post authored by Felix Richter

Many of the world's largest smartphone brands used the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona recently to unveil their latest offerings on the global stage.

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Average Gasoline Prices for Week Ending 27 March 2017 Statistically Unchanged - Again

Average gasoline prices fell 0.5 cents this past week following the previous week's 0.1 cent decline.


Average prices by region and a breakdown by grade follow after "Read more....".

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What We Read Today 27 March 2017

Econintersect: Every day our editors collect the most interesting things they find from around the internet and present a summary "reading list" which will include very brief summaries (and sometimes longer ones) of why each item has gotten our attention. Suggestions from readers for "reading list" items are gratefully reviewed, although sometimes space limits the number included.

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Why New Jets Could Destroy Airlines

The global aviation map is about to shift in a way we've not seen in three decades. New fuel-efficient planes mean that we could see a lot more long-haul direct flights. Bloomberg Gadfly's David Fickling explains why that could be bad for the airlines.

March 2017 Texas Manufacturing Survey Continues to Expand

Of the four Federal Reserve districts which have released their March manufacturing surveys - all are in expansion. A complete summary follows.

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Wage Growth After The Great Recession

from the Cleveland Fed

-- this post authored by Roberto Pinheiro and Meifeng Yang

Nominal wage growth since the Great Recession has been sluggish. We show that the sluggishness is due mostly to weak growth in labor productivity, as well as lower-than-expected inflation. We also find that wage growth since late 2014 has actually been above what would be consistent with realized labor-productivity growth and inflation, and this trend in wages reflects an increase in labor's share of income. We show evidence that this increase in the labor share may be due to a reversal of the trend to replace labor with capital.

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Is OPEC Losing Its Ability To Influence Oil Prices?

from the St Louis Fed

-- this post authored by Michael Owyang

The Organization for Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has exerted a great deal of control over world-wide oil production and prices since 1960.1 The figure below shows the percentage of oil production by country for 2015.

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Many Worry That The Great Recession And Mounting Student Debt Have Stunted Millennials' Financial Development

from the Richmond Fed

-- this post authored by Tim Sablik

Generation Y. Echo boomers. Millennials. They've been called many things, but one thing for sure is that those born between the early 1980s and late 1990s will shape the economy for decades to come. According to a recent Pew Research Center report, this group overtook baby boomers as the largest living generation in America in 2015.

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Infographic Of The Day: Visualizing The Shifting Income Distribution Of American Jobs

When we talk about the money that the "average" American worker makes, we are usually referencing a "median" or "mean" income statistic.

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Early Headlines: Asia Stocks, Dollar, Oil All Down, Gold Up, Border Wall Obstacles, US To 'Fix' Gov With Business Ideas, ACA Death Spiral, US C-I Lending Down, Merkel Election Boost, And More

Written by Econintersect

Early Bird Headlines 27 March 2017

Econintersect: Here are some of the headlines we found to help you start your day. For more headlines see our afternoon feature for GEI members, What We Read Today, which has many more headlines and a number of article discussions to keep you abreast of what we have found interesting.

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Most Read Articles Last Week Ending 25 March

Written by Econintersect

Econintersect: Google Analytics has given GEI page read counts for each of the 290 most read articles on Global Economic Intersection for the week 19 March through 25 March, inclusive. The top ten are listed after the Read more >>jump.

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Funded By The Crowd

from Statista.com

-- this post authored by Felix Richter

The dreams of many young entrepreneurs in the making used to end inside a bank, when they were denied the funds needed to start their venture.

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U.S. Top Source Of DDoS Attacks In Q4 2016

from Statista.com

-- this post authored by Martin Armstrong

Throughout 2016, China led the way in being the main source country for distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS).

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How Artificial Intelligence And The Robotic Revolution Will Change The Workplace Of Tomorrow

from The Conversation

-- this post authored by Benjamin Wohl, Lancaster University

The workplace is going to look drastically different ten years from now. The coming of the Second Machine Age is quickly bringing massive changes along with it. Manual jobs, such as lorry driving or house building are being replaced by robotic automation, and accountants, lawyers, doctors and financial advisers are being supplemented and replaced by high level artificial intelligence (AI) systems.

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