Art Pine

Art Pine

Contributing Editor, The Kiplinger Letter
Slow Productivity Growth a Blessing -- For Now
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Slow Productivity Growth a Blessing -- For Now

Tepid productivity growth is helping to spur more hiring now, but if the sluggishness continues indefinitely -- as some economists are predicting -- i…
November 13, 2013
Just Ahead: The Robotics Revolution
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Just Ahead: The Robotics Revolution

The U.S. is on the cusp of an explosion in robotics that will have a significant impact on business and the economy over the next decade. Here's how i…
March 20, 2013
Chinese Investors Shopping for American Firms
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Chinese Investors Shopping for American Firms

Early missteps and ongoing political tensions won't slow a growing infusion of Chinese capital into a variety of U.S. enterprises.
March 19, 2013
Playing a Dangerous Currency Game
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Playing a Dangerous Currency Game

Countries eager to stimulate their economies and boost exports -- the U.S. included -- are on a perilous path
February 13, 2013
Manufacturing Bouncing Back
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Manufacturing Bouncing Back

America's manufacturing sector is recovering and poised for a modest rebound. The question is how much?
February 4, 2013
China: Reforms or No Reforms?
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China: Reforms or No Reforms?

China's new leaders have hinted that they'll adopt badly needed market-oriented economic reforms, but will they follow through?
January 16, 2013
A Fork in the Road for China
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A Fork in the Road for China

China's deepening economic slowdown alone isn't damaging enough to blunt the U.S. recovery, but the U.S. has a lot at stake in Beijing's response to i…
October 15, 2012
Can Washington Boost the Economy?
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Can Washington Boost the Economy?

Now that the Fed has used up all its ammunition, any further stimulus will be in Congress' hands.
September 26, 2012
Ethanol: Running Out of Gas?
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Ethanol: Running Out of Gas?

The drought's damage to the U.S. corn crop puts the ethanol industry on the spot.
September 7, 2012
The Federal Reserve's Rocky Road
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The Federal Reserve's Rocky Road

The nation's beleaguered monetary policy gurus have tough decisions to make, regardless of the presidential outcome.
August 21, 2012
A Push for New Labor Concessions -- Now?
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A Push for New Labor Concessions -- Now?

U.S. steelmakers and Caterpillar want steep concessions from their unions. If they succeed, will other big manufacturing firms follow?
August 13, 2012
After the Election: The Future of Outsourcing
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After the Election: The Future of Outsourcing

The two major presidential candidates are blaming each other for the outsourcing they say has moved American jobs abroad. Who is responsible?
July 25, 2012
China: How Its Slowdown Will Affect the U.S.
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China: How Its Slowdown Will Affect the U.S.

China’s economy is slowing visibly, diluting its impact as the major engine of global economic growth. Will that blunt the fragile U.S. recovery as we…
July 18, 2012
U.S. as Safe Haven: How Long Can It Last?
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U.S. as Safe Haven: How Long Can It Last?

Despite all its economic problems, America continues to be a favorite for currency traders and foreign investors of all kinds.
July 5, 2012
Joblessness: Becoming a Long-Term Problem?
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Joblessness: Becoming a Long-Term Problem?

The number of Americans out of work for a full year or longer reached an all-time high last year. It's declining now, but very slowly. The cost to bot…
June 27, 2012
New U.S.-China Rivalry: Vying for Asia's Trade
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New U.S.-China Rivalry: Vying for Asia's Trade

Both governments are now pushing regional free trade agreements designed to expand commerce with Asian countries. But they're very different -- and th…
June 11, 2012
Slower Consumer Spending Gains Ahead
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Slower Consumer Spending Gains Ahead

Consumers' purchases account for nearly 70% of the nation's GDP, so as their spending goes, so goes the economy.
May 23, 2012
China: Cooling It Until Next Spring?
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China: Cooling It Until Next Spring?

Despite the flap over Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng, relations between Beijing and Washington are visibly better than they were in 2010 and 2011.
May 9, 2012
Nailing Trade Violators: Not a Slam Dunk
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Nailing Trade Violators: Not a Slam Dunk

President Obama and Mitt Romney, front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination, are both promising tougher enforcement of U.S. trade laws. But it w…
April 11, 2012
Higher Inflation? The Risks Are Increasing
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Higher Inflation? The Risks Are Increasing

Many forecasters expect inflation to slow in 2012, but the prospect that consumer prices will accelerate is growing, and the current rosy predictions …
March 27, 2012
What's Stalling U.S. Trade Policy
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What's Stalling U.S. Trade Policy

To help create more jobs, the U.S. needs to reduce its outsize trade deficit and promote more exports, but that isn't in the cards -- no matter how No…
March 19, 2012
For Workers, a Slow Climb Back
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For Workers, a Slow Climb Back

It's an employer's market, and will be for some time.
March 12, 2012
Globalization: Just Stumbling, or in a New Phase?
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Globalization: Just Stumbling, or in a New Phase?

The decades-old push toward a global economy has taken a hit during the latest recession. Has it downshifted permanently?
February 21, 2012
Fixing the Budget: Don't Hold Your Breath
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Fixing the Budget: Don't Hold Your Breath

Waiting for the election to solve America’s fiscal problems? Guess again.
January 26, 2012
Getting Tough with China
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Getting Tough with China

It's an election year, and once again the candidates' fancies have turned to bashing China. But will the victor be able to follow through?
January 10, 2012
A La Carte Pricing Spreads to More Industries
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A La Carte Pricing Spreads to More Industries

It’s not just airlines and hotels who are finding profit in splitting services up into a variety of fees.
October 25, 2011
Congress Picks Wrong Fight with China
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Congress Picks Wrong Fight with China

Scoring points on currency rates may make good political sense, but it's lousy policy.
October 12, 2011