February 2014 Conference Board Employment Index Strengthens but Decelerates

Written by Steven Hansen The Conference Board’s Employment Trends Index for February 2014 – which forecasts employment for the next 6 months – strengthened. What the author’s of this index are not telling you is that the growth rate of this index is decelerating.

Riding the Health Care Cost Rocket

Written by Steven Hansen When I read informed opinion on health care costs going up or going down, I visualize the scenes in the Exorcist (Linda Blair’s head rotating a complete 360 degrees or her pea soup hurling). It really depends on what data set you pull, how you view the data in that data set, …

Putting the ‘F’ Back in Federal Reserve

Age of Wisdom, Age of Foolishness (15) Written by Adam Whitehead, KeySignals.com They’re back and this time it’s for real!!! Regular readers of the funny papers will be familiar with the following cover page from, the day in September 2013, when President Putin and Janet Yellen joined the Committee to Save the World.

Seeking Truth of Inequality through Gini’s Way

Who Let the Gini Out? Searching for Sources of Inequality by Davide Furceri and Prakash Loungani, Voxeu.org Income inequality has been growing in many economies over the past two decades, and it is currently historically high. This column adds two new contributors to the popular explanations of increased inequality. Fiscal consolidations, especially those following the …