consumer confidence

Risk Adjusted Work

by on February 1, 2017

One of the greatest shifts in our economy over the past few decades has been the steady rise of what we call contingent workers. These [more…]

Growth, But Barely?

by on February 28, 2013

Today's headline is that the economy grew, just, in the fourth quarter last year. GDP rose at an annual rate of 0.1%, down from 3.1% [more…]

House Prices Bump Up

by on February 5, 2013

If you believe that one of the depressing factors in recent years has been the deflation of home prices and along with it the erosion [more…]

A Mixed Week Ends Well

by on February 1, 2013

There was a flurry of economic news this week, most of which was encouraging. The economy is in decent shape. Not great, just decent.

We [more…]

Latest News

by on December 27, 2012

Yes it's hard to focus at this time of year under the best of circumstances. This year is even worse. The background noise provided by [more…]

Bad Dealing

by on December 18, 2012

Well the rumors are swirling with enough detail mixed in that the consensus is probably right: there is a deal in the works. A deal, [more…]

Economic Update

by on December 14, 2012

We ought, briefly, to catch up on the latest news, most of which points to the ongoing sideways movement of the economy.

Yesterday's numbers on [more…]

Consumer Spending Ticks Up

by on October 29, 2012

While we hunker down waiting for hurricane Sandy to churn its way inland we can ponder today's consumer spending report and its attached reading on [more…]

Modest Growth – Very Modest

by on October 26, 2012

Under normal circumstances - who can remember when they were? - GDP growth of about 2% would be looked at as something of a failure, [more…]

Retail Sales Jump

by on October 15, 2012

One of our recent themes has been the underlying improvement in consumer confidence that has yet to manifest itself strongly in any of the headline [more…]