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Jerome Idaszak

Contributing Editor
The Kiplinger Letter

Idaszak, now retired, worked on The Kiplinger Letter as its economics writer for 21 years. Before joining Kiplinger in 1992, he worked for 15 years with the Chicago Sun-Times, including five years as a columnist and economic correspondent in the Washington, D.C., bureau, covering five international economic summit meetings. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism from Northwestern University.

Latest Features

Practical Economics
September 2013

More Change Than a New Chairman at the Fed

No matter who winds up at the head of the Federal Reserve, the nation’s central bank will see some big changes — and even bigger challenges — next year.

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Practical Economics
July 2013

Europe's Economic Prospects Still Look Bleak

There’s a palpable longing for the good old days and little hope of their return.

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Practical Economics
April 2013

How Dangerous Is the U.S. Debt?

Truth is, nobody really knows -- yet. Meanwhile, economists are turning the dismal science into a confusing one, too.

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Practical Economics
April 2013

Another Term for Bernanke as Fed Chairman?

Though he's catching bipartisan heat, Ben Bernanke might prefer to stay in the kitchen and work on his reputation.

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Practical Economics
December 2012

GOP Puts Social Security in Play in Fiscal Cliff Talks

The choice is whether to reduce the retirement benefit by a little now or a lot more later.

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Practical Economics
December 2012

The Fed's Risky Inflation Strategy

Can the Fed engineer both low unemployment and low inflation?

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Practical Economics
November 2012

Office, Other Commercial Property Rents to Rise in 2013

Like the economy as a whole, the commercial real estate market will strengthen over the coming year.

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Practical Economics
November 2012

Outlook for 2013: An Economy On the Mend

Watch for a slow acceleration in growth next year, no matter who wins the White House.

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Practical Economics
October 2012

3 Signs the Housing Recovery Has Arrived

Buyers are back, building is up -- and housing is poised to add to the economy instead of pulling it down.

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Practical Economics
September 2012

Hazards Ahead for the Economy

An economy growing only slowly is especially vulnerable to shocks. And the coming months are chock-full of potential storms.

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Practical Economics
June 2012

What Will Be the Jobs of Tomorrow?

Though it's likely to be 2014 before the economy picks up enough steam for robust job creation -- in the neighborhood of 250,000 a month -- it's worth looking now at what kind of jobs employers will be looking to fill.

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Practical Economics
May 2012

For the U.S. Economy, a "New Normal"

After a boom-and-bust cycle, a long adjustment alters the outlook through 2020.

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Practical Economics
April 2012

Ripple Effects of Unemployment

The longer that workers are unemployed, the more all of us are affected.

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FORECASTS
December 2011

Lower Unemployment in Nov.? Yes, But....

An increase in the long-term unemployed is another bad sign.

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Practical Economics
November 2011

Finally, a Bottom for Home Prices

Plenty of people would like to set up their own household. More-affordable houses could bring them into the market.

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Practical Economics
September 2011

Businesses Holding Onto Their Cash

Record profits in recent years have U.S. corporations sitting on a pile of cash. But they’re not willing to risk pouring much of into expansion plans as long as the economy remains weak.

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Practical Economics
July 2011

Big Firms Prosper as Small Business Struggles

Record corporate profits suggest that the economy should be booming. But small firms — the main engine for job growth — still have it tough, particularly at the bank.

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