Jerome Idaszak

Jerome Idaszak

Contributing Editor, The Kiplinger Letter
Idaszak, now retired, worked on as its economics writer for 21 years. Before joining Kiplinger in 1992, he worked for 15 years with the 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.
For the U.S. Economy, a "New Normal"
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For the U.S. Economy, a "New Normal"

After a boom-and-bust cycle, a long adjustment alters the outlook through 2020.
November 13, 2013
Ripple Effects of Unemployment
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Ripple Effects of Unemployment

The longer that workers are unemployed, the more all of us are affected.
November 13, 2013
More Change Than a New Chairman at the Fed
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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 yea…
September 20, 2013
Europe's Economic Prospects Still Look Bleak
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Europe's Economic Prospects Still Look Bleak

There’s a palpable longing for the good old days and little hope of their return.
July 11, 2013
How Dangerous Is the U.S. Debt?
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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.
April 26, 2013
Another Term for Bernanke as Fed Chairman?
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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.
April 1, 2013
GOP Puts Social Security in Play in Fiscal Cliff Talks
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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.
January 10, 2013
The Fed's Risky Inflation Strategy
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The Fed's Risky Inflation Strategy

Can the Fed engineer both low unemployment and low inflation?
December 14, 2012
Office, Other Commercial Property Rents to Rise in 2013
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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.
November 27, 2012
Outlook for 2013: An Economy On the Mend
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Outlook for 2013: An Economy On the Mend

Watch for a slow acceleration in growth next year, no matter who wins the White House.
November 5, 2012
3 Signs the Housing Recovery Has Arrived
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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.
October 2, 2012
Hazards Ahead for the Economy
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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.
September 24, 2012
What Will Be the Jobs of Tomorrow?
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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…
June 21, 2012
Finally, a Bottom for Home Prices
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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.
January 1, 2012
Lower Unemployment in Nov.? Yes, But....
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Lower Unemployment in Nov.? Yes, But....

An increase in the long-term unemployed is another bad sign.
December 2, 2011
Businesses Holding Onto Their Cash
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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 …
September 27, 2011
Big Firms Prosper as Small Business Struggles
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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, particula…
July 27, 2011
Retail Sales to Hold Up Despite Consumer Stress
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Retail Sales to Hold Up Despite Consumer Stress

Look for a lackluster back-to-school season, with shoppers not buying until forced.
July 18, 2011
The Consequences of Failing to Raise the Debt Ceiling
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The Consequences of Failing to Raise the Debt Ceiling

Who'll get stiffed — Social Security beneficiaries, federal workers or the businesses that sell goods and services to Uncle Sam — if the U.S. Treasury…
July 18, 2011
Government Job Cuts Crimping Economy
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Government Job Cuts Crimping Economy

We still see net job gains for the year, but an unemployment rate staying stubbornly high.
July 8, 2011
It Just Feels Like a Double-dip Recession
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It Just Feels Like a Double-dip Recession

With housing continuing to wallow at the bottom and millions of pink-slipped workers still unemployed, it seems as if the economy is sliding back into…
June 20, 2011
The Vexing Dilemma of the Housing Market
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The Vexing Dilemma of the Housing Market

It will be years before most of America sees gains in home prices again that match historic norms. There are too many problems to resolve.
June 6, 2011
How Big Is the Risk of Inflation?
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How Big Is the Risk of Inflation?

Gasoline’s huge price overshadows rising prices for airfares, used cars, beef and other items.
May 17, 2011
Americans Finding More Jobs, in More Categories
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Americans Finding More Jobs, in More Categories

Though there’s still too much slack in the workforce, the improvement is palpable.
April 15, 2011
At Last, Robust Job Growth
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At Last, Robust Job Growth

What's more, the gains can be found across the country and in a wide range of professions.
April 4, 2011
Housing Will Add to the Economy's Growth This Year
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Housing Will Add to the Economy's Growth This Year

The sector’s collapse is just about over, but don’t look for the typical boomy recovery.
March 17, 2011
Japan's Disasters Pose a Slight Risk to the U.S. Economy
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Japan's Disasters Pose a Slight Risk to the U.S. Economy

The devastation will likely hit Japan hard, and slow overal global growth from 4.2% to 4% this year. But the direct impact on the U.S. will be modest.
March 16, 2011