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Summers Expects a Long Winter

November 19, 2013
After having been considered to head both the Federal Reserve and the Bank of Israel earlier this year, Lawrence Summers has been propelled back into the center of the broader economic dialogue with a speech at a recent IMF Economic Forum. 
Essentially his argument is deceivingly simple and straight forward.  The natural or neutral interest rate, w…
Summers Expects a Long Winter Summers Expects a Long Winter Reviewed by Marc Chandler on November 19, 2013 Rating: 5
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Intergalactic Thoughts with Down to Earth Implications

November 12, 2013
Astronomers have reviewed data being collected by the orbiting Kepler observatory.  They are concluding that there a literally billions of solar systems that could have an Earth-like planet within the Milky Way itself.  
Apparently, astronomers are looking for planets about the size of Earth, which means the gravity is neither too strong or too we…
Intergalactic Thoughts with Down to Earth Implications Intergalactic Thoughts with Down to Earth Implications Reviewed by Marc Chandler on November 12, 2013 Rating: 5
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Great Graphic: The Most Important Chart to Understand the Political Economy

April 10, 2013
This Great Graphic was on the Washington Post's Wonkblog.  It shows the three key sources of income for the middle 20% of American households.  
Cash wages have fared the worst and are actually lower now in real terms (adjusted for inflation) than in 1979.  
Fringe benefits, the red line, most notably include health insurance and deferred com…
Great Graphic: The Most Important Chart to Understand the Political Economy Great Graphic:  The Most Important Chart to Understand the Political Economy Reviewed by Marc Chandler on April 10, 2013 Rating: 5
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Best of Q4 Posts

December 31, 2012
Here is the selection of our best posts from the fourth quarter.

1.  The Passion of Monti:  A Christmas Story  An allegorical analysis of Italy's political situation and Mario Monti's ambiguous legacy.  
2.  Great Graphic:  Fiscal Cliff Negotiations  A graph that shows the differences between the Democrats and Republicans proposals to ave…
Best of Q4 Posts Best of Q4 Posts Reviewed by Marc Chandler on December 31, 2012 Rating: 5
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Great Graphic: Political Economy and Gender Relations

October 21, 2012
We have suggested capitalism is about relationships and these relationships are being transformed.  We often think and write about the relationships between citizens and their sovereigns and employees and employers.  
This Great Graphic is from Pew Research.   It provides some evidence of another relationship that is being transformed and that is…
Great Graphic: Political Economy and Gender Relations Great Graphic:  Political Economy and Gender Relations Reviewed by Marc Chandler on October 21, 2012 Rating: 5
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Dollar Weakens, but Doesn't Break

February 23, 2012
The US dollar is sporting a soft profile, with the euro making marginal news high for the year. The single currency's push higher met offers just shy of $1.3350 level, which is thought to hold a large option barrier. Above there, offers are seen near $1.3375 and then $1.3435.
The main catalyst appears to have been better than expected economic …
Dollar Weakens, but Doesn't Break Dollar Weakens, but Doesn't Break Reviewed by Marc Chandler on February 23, 2012 Rating: 5
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Schrodinger’s Cat in Athens

February 12, 2012
The Austrian physicist Erwin Schrodinger offered a thought experiment to illustrate the incompleteness of the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics and sub-atomic particles in 1935. In the experiment, Schrodinger’s cat is placed in a box with a device that is triggered by a single particle’s behavior. If activated, the device kills the ca…
Schrodinger’s Cat in Athens Schrodinger’s Cat in Athens Reviewed by Marc Chandler on February 12, 2012 Rating: 5
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New Fed Paper on Crisis and the Dollar--Interesting New Fed Paper on Crisis and the Dollar--Interesting Reviewed by magonomics on October 28, 2009 Rating: 5
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