Posts tagged Gross domestic product

This Chart Made Me Pause

TLT data by YCharts Yesterday, a couple of articles went through my Twitter ($TWTR) feed that made me blink. First, Bank of America analysts explained how a bond rout could turn into a bloodbath. People are also starting to worry …

Are You A Puppet?

If you read ZeroHedge enough, you will eventually think dark thoughts all the time.  His blog is predicated on fear.  Sometimes there are some posts there that give a person pause.  This post was one of them.   Out of …






What’s The Most Important Stat in a Market?

With lots of startups doing two sided markets it’s worth looking at what’s important when setting up a market.  It doesn’t matter where you lean politically, or if you think the Keynesians are right, or the Classical people are right. …






How to Organize A Network

Networks are all around us.  People are familiar with online networks and they have almost become a cliche.  Meeting in person is still stronger than meeting online, but online driving personal face to face connection is extremely powerful. I was …






Distractions, Multitasking Make You Worse

My wife sent me an article she read.  I think it’s totally accurate.  It’s really accurate when I look at my own life, and I wonder if it’s accurate if you look at yours.  It has a lot of very …






Is a Bubble Popping?

Not sure if you have been paying attention, but prices in commodities have made big moves over the last few months.  Oil gets the attention. Cushings, OK Crude Oil Futures Contract 1 data by YCharts But look at copper. Wow, …






Younger Generation Engaging Less in Entrepreneurial Efforts

The trend is clear.  Younger people used to start a lot more entrepreneurial type businesses in years past than they do today.  Only 3.6% of businesses today are started by people less than 30.  In 1989, it was 10.6%.  However, …






Corporate Tax Inversions and Politics

Jack Lew and President Obama are talking a lot about tax inversions.  Mark Cuban (probably no fan of the current administration) tweeted: If I own stock in your company and you move offshore for tax reasons I’m selling your stock. …






Who Is Right; Santelli or Liesman?

Yesterday Rick Santelli got into it with Steve Liesman on CNBC.  It’s not the first time they have tangoed.  Is either of them right?  First the video: Paul Krugman chided Santelli for not liking poor people. He also didn’t understand …






If It Doesn’t Work, Change the Rules

Remember when you were a kid and when things didn’t work out in a game you wanted a “do over”?  It seems to me there are a lot of important people in Washington that see things not working out the …






The Big Change in The Labor Market

Yesterday I had the opportunity to sit down with two macroeconomists from the Atlanta Federal Reserve. They were doing some research on entrepreneurial ecosystems as it relates to job creation. We had a great discussion.  I learned some things that …






Will The Fed Taper? Here’s Betting They Won’t

The end of the Fed buyback of debt is on financial minds today.  Yesterday, on all the business channels it was “topic constant”.  Late in the day, I tuned into TastyTrade to see if they were talking about it and …






The Fed Can Be Wrong

The Federal Reserve isn’t always right.  They are an all powerful monolith and can set policy to make themselves right for a period of time.  Their actions sometimes do a lot more harm than good.  A lot of their activity …






Austerity is The Culprit; Not Bernanke

As the world economy slows, austerity is being blamed.  Keynesians have ramped up their efforts to skewer classical economic theories by pointing out that since austerity programs in the EU have been in force, there has been an economic slowdown. …






Corporations Are People

This is one of the dumbest things I have read.  It’s a New York Times editorial.  Clearly, the author doesn’t have a clue about modern economics and how their forces affect human behavior. In order for a capitalistic system to …






About That Stock Market Rally

Some data.  Remember, the value of the dollar is significantly lower today than it was in 2008.   If we compared real inflation adjusted prices, we aren’t close to the high.  Here is some data on dollar action over the …






European GDP Takes a NoseDive

EU GDP drops huge.  In 2012, they didn’t have a single quarter of growth.   One of their remedies is to place a transaction tax on trading.  Massive mistake.  Massive.  A tax on trading will only make markets less transparent, …