Pertinent Category: Daily Economy

Fed: A Rate Increase May Not Happen Any Time Soon

– June 15, 2016

Today, the Federal Open Market Committee decided to keep the federal funds rate unchanged, consistent with public expectation after the disappointing May jobs report.


Contemporary Economics in the Berkshires

– June 14, 2016

The American Institute for Economic Research announces its 2016 Summer Speaker Series, held each year at its scenic campus in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. The series features members of AIER’s expert research staff discussing key contemporary economic issues confronting many Americans


Americans Are Worth More, and Saving More Money

– June 13, 2016

We are seeing two additional indications that are positive signs for the economy. First, household balance sheets are improving.


Economic Outlook Brightens

– June 10, 2016

AIER’s Leading Indicators model rebounded in May to the neutral level of 50, following two months at 38, which had indicated a somewhat higher risk of recession.


The Value of an AIER Academic Year Internship

– June 9, 2016

AIER’s 2015-2016 academic year internship program benefitted 13 students . Today, I would like to highlight three of them.


Help (Still) Wanted, Despite Weak Jobs Report

– June 8, 2016

Shock and disappointment from the weak May jobs report lingers, but data today from the Bureau of Labor statistics offsets a bit of the uneasiness.


The Math That Hurts Active Investors

– June 7, 2016

Investors have to choose between funds that are actively managed and those that are passively managed. Active management involves selecting individual stocks or timing the market just right, in an attempt to do better than everyone else. An active mutual fund manager might analyze all of the stocks in the S&P 500 and pick the 50 of them that he or she believes will outperform the rest.


The Opposite of an Employee Benefit

– June 6, 2016

It seems employers are being encouraged to help their young employees spend their money as fast, or even faster, than they earn it.   Some employers are taking the bait.  Some even think it is a benefit to make employees loans, help pay them off, or be better at payday loans than payday lenders.


A Worrying Sign on Jobs

– June 3, 2016

In a year when economic growth has seemed tenuous, the resilient labor market had been providing welcome reassurance.


Don’t Forget Inflation When Making Financial Decisions

– June 2, 2016

People predict future inflation in many decisions they make, from taking out a car loan or a mortgage, to deciding whether to put money in CDs, bonds, or stocks.  Future inflation is also important for the expected profitability of business investment projects.


Manufacturing Boosts a Resilient Economy

– June 1, 2016

New data on manufacturing released this morning helps bolster the case that the economy is firming after several months of weakness earlier in the year.


A Mild Forecast For Inflation

– May 31, 2016

The American Institute for Economic Research is forecasting mild inflation for the balance of 2016, according to a new brief released today. This is in line with the sluggish price growth we have seen in recent years, said the author, AIER research fellow Jia Liu.