Sherrod Brown Tries to Jump-Start Languishing Currency Manipulation Bill

By: Wednesday September 19, 2012 2:15 pm

Greg Sargent has an interesting by-product of the electoral debate over China, and particularly Chinese currency manipulation. Romney has used this as part of his five-point plan to improve the US economy. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) casually points out that there’s a bill on the table awaiting a vote in the House that would deal with the issue:

 

EPI Report Shows Inequality, Lack of Mobility Key Challenges for US Economy

By: Tuesday September 11, 2012 7:00 pm

The Economic Policy Institute delivers an annual analysis of the “State of Working America,” and this year’s version was released today. In their key findings, they lament the rise of “policy-driven inequality,” a condition that, even when the job market improves, leads to the bulk of our economic growth funneling up to the 1%, while those who can find work cannot get a decent wage.

Moody’s Follows Other Rating Agencies Into Incoherence About Fiscal Cliff

By: Tuesday September 11, 2012 12:50 pm

Good to know that the credit rating agencies have learned approximately nothing since last year. Then, they initiated a downgrade of the United States, determining that their debt would be a riskier instrument after the debacle of the debt limit deal. Investors responded by pouring money into US Treasuries and dropping the yields at one point to under 1.5% (it’s at around 1.676% today). The markets, then, thoroughly ignored the warnings of the rating agencies, and by extension discredited them. They saw US treasuries as a safe instrument rather than a downgraded one.

So what does Moody’s come out and say today? That the US credit rating depends on fiscal cliff talks:

Deficit Spending in a Recession Is a Responsible Policy

By: Wednesday September 5, 2012 9:00 am

Above is an ad put together by Republicans to commemorate the reaching of $16 trillion in overall debt, a figure that’s supposed to frighten the public. It very skillfully uses President Obama’s debt trolling against him, including his invocation of debt being “irresponsible” and his worry about “lack of confidence” wrecking the economy if the debt problem perpetuates. But the economic message is wrong.

Looking for a Good Job? Don’t Get Your Hopes Up

By: Saturday August 25, 2012 7:00 pm

If you think your job stinks, you’re not alone. And if you’re still looking for a decent job, don’t expect to find one anytime soon, or ever.

A new analysis of job quality, assessing various measures of benefits and wages, confirms what many of us already suspected: Good jobs are vanishing from the United States, with global trade and social disinvestment leaving workers stranded on a barren economic landscape.

And the Occasional Truth Gets Spoken

By: Saturday August 25, 2012 1:00 pm

With recoveries like this one, who needs recessions?

The average household income has fallen steadily for nearly everyone since the start of the economic expansion in June 2009, with average income dropping 4.8 percent in the three years since the upturn began, according to a report released Thursday.

Greece No Longer the Problem for Europe; It’s Recession and Capital Flight

By: Friday August 24, 2012 9:43 am

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras begged his minders in the Eurozone for more time to institute austerity policies, asking German Chancellor Angela Merkel for “time to breathe.” That may not be forthcoming. The troika (the EU, IMF and European Central Bank) will write a report in the coming month that will determine whether they continue granting Greece tranches of the bailout agreed to earlier in the year. Germany and France have basically agreed that the reform targets must be met. And it does not look like they will grant an additional two years to Greece to meet those targets. The chances of a Greek exit from the Eurozone have definitely gone up.

Fiscal Policies Already in Place Will Depress US Economy in 2013, Regardless of Fiscal Cliff

By: Thursday August 23, 2012 8:16 am

It’s not the threat of recession from the fiscal cliff that is despairing so much as it’s the CBO estimate that, even if the fiscal cliff gets put off, we’re staring at anemic 1.7% growth for 2013, and an unemployment rate remaining above 8% by the end of next year. This points to some serious problems with the US economy, and being the “best in the world” at a time of global slowdown is a cold comfort.

The Lost Decade: Almost All Eurozone Nations Still Below Economic Output of 2008

By: Friday August 17, 2012 6:44 am

The markets have been pleased of late because of a belief that the European debt crisis will resolve itself. The European Central Bank could step in and purchase sovereign bonds, if they can get Germany to sign off. Spain is inching toward a formal request for bailout funds, which is what the ECB wants so they can impose the reforms they have sought. And there’s just a general sense that European leaders will juggle enough balls in the air to keep the euro from collapse.

If only that were the sole problem in Europe.

EuroZone Economy Sinks Towards Recession

By: Tuesday August 14, 2012 9:10 am

The emerging recession continues in the Eurozone, as GDP contracted by 0.2%. The loss was slightly smaller than expected, but that’s something of a double-edged sword. The economy grew in Germany but dropped in more struggling areas like Italy, Portugal, Spain and Greece. This means that one governing authority must apply a unified monetary policy on a widely divergent region.

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