Pertinent Category: Daily Economy

Deficit Projections Are Often Way Off the Mark

– March 20, 2015

The fairly modest federal deficit projected for the next few years has made fiscal discipline a less urgent policy concern than it was only a couple of years ago. But can we believe the projections? Does the fact that the deficit is projected to remain fairly small mean that the deficit is likely to remain fairly small in reality?


From U.S. Rubber to Apple, the Dow Reflects a Changing Economy

– March 19, 2015

Apple Inc. today joins the Dow Jones Industrial Average, replacing AT&T. For a listing originally based on heavy industry, the fact that Apple, the technology-driven consumer electronics company that has the largest market value in the world, is now entering the Dow reflects how much the economy has changed.


Watching the Fed

– March 18, 2015

Observers are awaiting a statement from the Federal Reserve this afternoon, toward the end of its two-day meeting, that could shed light on when it will start raising interest rates.


Happy Employees = Higher Stock Prices?

– March 17, 2015

Companies with happier employees tend to have higher stock prices, according to an interesting report by Glassdoor Inc., which was featured in The Wall Street Journal.


Economic Mud Season

– March 16, 2015

Here in picturesque New England, there’s winter and summer, but as the air grows warm and the birds come out, we don’t take off our boots just yet. The snow is melting, mucking up the lawn. And so it is with the economy as well.


Amid Higher Net Worth, Americans Are Releveraging

– March 13, 2015

American households are enjoying the fruits of a stronger economy, as they are seeing a higher net worth, and are feeling comfortable enough to increasingly use more credit, according to new data from the Federal Reserve.


Retail Sales Stay In Soft Patch Despite Improving Fundamentals

– March 12, 2015

A strange brew of economic data continued to bubble today as retail and food service sales fell for the third consecutive month in February, possibly due to severe weather. But that comes despite an improving labor market and other signs that the economy continues to expand. As consumer spending remains solid, researchers at the American Institute for Economic Research suggested a rebound is likely in the coming months.


AIER Collaborates with the University of Sioux Falls

– March 11, 2015

The “Applied Economic Research” course at the University of Sioux Falls in South Dakota was offered last fall as a unique opportunity to learn economic research tools from the real-life experts.  Seven students signed up, and came to the first class prepared to take notes from their professor, Lorri Halverson. However, they were in for a surprise…


Quitting Our Way to a Stronger Economy

– March 10, 2015

Americans are quitting their jobs at a gradually quickening pace, which is a reassuring sign that the labor market continues to improve.


AIER Retirement Tips Featured By AAII, Wharton Radio

– March 9, 2015

AIER’s research brief on retirement planning strategies continues to gather media attention as it was recently featured by a prominent financial advisers’ organization, as well as a business radio station. On Friday, the author of the report, AIER Research Fellow Luke Delorme, was featured on Wharton Business Radio, the Sirius/XM station run by the University of Pennsylvania business school. And the brief was also highlighted in the February edition of the journal of the American Association of Individual Investors. The report has already been noted by CNBC and the Today Show web sites, The Aspen Institute, Forbes and Bloomberg.


Fed Still Likely To Take Gradual Approach After Strong Jobs Data

– March 6, 2015

The February employment report, released by the Labor Department this morning, was broadly strong, showing the economy added 295,000 jobs in February, helping to push the unemployment rate down to 5.5 percent. Other broader measures of unemployment rates fell as well. However, the participation rate also ticked down in February.


What Is Your Retirement Planning Horizon?

– March 5, 2015

Bill Bengen’s 1994 research that established the 4 percent rule was seeking the maximum constant dollar withdrawal that would have lasted for any historical 30-year period. But is 30 years the right planning horizon for you? If not, how should you adjust the guideline?