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Richard DeKaser

Contributing Economist
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Practical Economics
September 2010

Trade Gap No Worry for Economic Growth

Remember how a sharply widening trade gap in June sparked concerns about waning economic growth? Never mind.

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Practical Economics
September 2010

Modest Gains in August Hiring a Good Omen

Look past the official count of job losses in August: Private employers are adding to payrolls.

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Practical Economics
August 2010

Worries About Tomorrow Hold Back
Economic Growth Today

It may not be true that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself, but it’s certainly true that lack of confidence is reining in an economy otherwise poised for gains.

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Practical Economics
August 2010

Fed Acknowledges Slower Recovery
But Stays Confident

Federal Reserve policymakers change course only slightly after tipping their hats to disappointing data.

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FORECASTS
August 2010

Dreary Unemployment Picture to Brighten

Job losses in July were expected. The question is what’s ahead for the rest of the year.

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Practical Economics
August 2010

The Fed's Options to Jump-Start the Economy

Odds are the second half of this year will bring brisker economic gains. But if recent sluggishness persists, with interest rates already at rock bottom, what else can the Fed do?

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Practical Economics
July 2010

Congress to Weigh Options for Reducing Federal Debt

Hard choices on Social Security, Medicare, defense and taxes can’t be avoided much longer.

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Practical Economics
July 2010

Pain of "Strategic Defaults" Real But Dwindling

It can be hard to figure out what made a homeowner punt on their mortgage.

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Practical Economics
July 2010

It's Not Still a Recession
(It Just Feels that Way)

Patience is hard but necessary. The economy is growing, albeit slowly.

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FORECASTS
July 2010

Deflation Ahead? No Worries

Oil and gasoline prices are often the villain in inflation scenarios. This time, they’re making it look as if the deflation ogre is out of the cave.

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Practical Economics
July 2010

Financial Reform a Plus for the Economy

How a fatter cushion might make us all sit a little bit more comfortably.

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Practical Economics
June 2010

China's Currency Move Eases Tension

But doing more to raise the yuan's value and rebalance trade could create thousands of American jobs.

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Practical Economics
June 2010

Deflation? We Could Take a Sip

CPI drops have some alarmed. But falling prices are like booze: Fine in moderation, just not to be overdone.

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Practical Economics
June 2010

Where the Economy Is Headed

Stronger business spending and rising employment will help this recovery shake off worries about Europe.

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Practical Economics
June 2010

Employers Get the Jitters

Private firms will pick up hiring again in June.

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Practical Economics
May 2010

Three Reasons for Optimism on Housing

Don’t get buffeted by changing winds. The housing recovery is real.

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Practical Economics
May 2010

Americans' Savings Down, Spending Up

They said you'd changed, embraced a "New Frugality." But it turns out you're back at the mall.

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