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Excellent October Housing Report Is Good News For Employment
Let me just share the least volatile most leading component of the October housing report which is single family permits. These made a new expansion high. The housing rebound, following lower mortgage rates, is firmly in place.
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Tariffs And Price Changes
GAFO it is reported every month in both the Census retail sales press release and in the BEA measures of retail sales they compile in putting together personal spending and GDP.
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EC Is Inflation A Global Phenomenon?
The persistence of inflation at relatively low rates despite years of monetary stimulus has led to wide-ranging investigations into its determinants.
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Why Is Current Economic Growth Called Strong?
As of the second quarter the year over year percent change in real GDP is 2.3%.
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Importance Of Imports
It is standard analysis to see real and nominal imports as a share of GDP quoted to estimate the importance of imports in the economy. Currently, that shows nominal imports are about 15% of GDP and real imports are some 18% of real GDP.
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Economy May Be Weaker Than Generally Recognized
The economic survey data is weakening more than the payroll data.
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US Library Of Congress Selects Angry Bear To Archive
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Amazon Defeated In New York (Updated)
In the biggest ever defeat for a subsidized project in history, Amazon announce dFebruary 14th that it was canceling its planned half of HQ2 for New York City, which was to receive subsidies worth at least $3.133 billion.
Real Retail Sales Very Positive; Industrial Production Decent
Real retail sales for November, together with the revisions for October, were very positive. As of November both real retail sales and real retail sales per capita set new records.

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Presimetrics
Angry Bear
Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers
08/18/2010
The authors cut through party bias to present the quantifiable facts about how modern presidents have performed on critical national issues Politicians and the media spend a lot of time telling Americans how the presidents and their administrations are performing, but this analysis always skews along party lines. In Presimetrics, Kimel and Kanell take a fresh look at modern politics by gathering data from numerous government sources in order to compare and rank presidential performance on critical issues, from employment and health care to taxes and family values. The results frequently defy expectations. The lively text clearly explains how various policies of each administration affect the data, and fascinating information graphics lend even greater depth to the discussion, showing at a glance how multiple administrations stack up.