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Richard DeKaser
Contributing Economist, The Kiplinger Letter
Trade Gap No Worry for Economic Growth
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Trade Gap No Worry for Economic Growth

Remember how a sharply widening trade gap in June sparked concerns about waning economic growth? Never mind.
September 10, 2010
Modest Gains in August Hiring a Good Omen
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Modest Gains in August Hiring a Good Omen

Look past the official count of job losses in August: Private employers are adding to payrolls.
September 3, 2010
Worries About Tomorrow Hold BackEconomic Growth Today
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Worries About Tomorrow Hold BackEconomic 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 otherw…
August 23, 2010
Fed Acknowledges Slower Recovery But Stays Confident
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Fed Acknowledges Slower Recovery But Stays Confident

Federal Reserve policymakers change course only slightly after tipping their hats to disappointing data.
August 11, 2010
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Dreary Unemployment Picture to Brighten
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Dreary Unemployment Picture to Brighten

Job losses in July were expected. The question is what’s ahead for the rest of the year.
August 6, 2010
The Fed's Options to Jump-Start the Economy
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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 bott…
August 5, 2010
Congress to Weigh Options for Reducing Federal Debt
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Congress to Weigh Options for Reducing Federal Debt

Hard choices on Social Security, Medicare, defense and taxes can’t be avoided much longer.
August 2, 2010
Pain of "Strategic Defaults" Real But Dwindling
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Pain of "Strategic Defaults" Real But Dwindling

It can be hard to figure out what made a homeowner punt on their mortgage.
July 23, 2010
Financial Reform a Plus for the Economy
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Financial Reform a Plus for the Economy

How a fatter cushion might make us all sit a little bit more comfortably.
July 22, 2010
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It's Not Still a Recession (It Just Feels that Way)
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It's Not Still a Recession (It Just Feels that Way)

Patience is hard but necessary. The economy is growing, albeit slowly.
July 19, 2010
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Deflation Ahead? No Worries
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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.
July 16, 2010
China's Currency Move Eases Tension
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China's Currency Move Eases Tension

But doing more to raise the yuan's value and rebalance trade could create thousands of American jobs.
June 23, 2010
Deflation? We Could Take a Sip
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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.
June 17, 2010
Where the Economy Is Headed
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Where the Economy Is Headed

Stronger business spending and rising employment will help this recovery shake off worries about Europe.
June 14, 2010
Employers Get the Jitters
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Employers Get the Jitters

Private firms will pick up hiring again in June.
June 4, 2010
Three Reasons for Optimism on Housing
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Three Reasons for Optimism on Housing

Don’t get buffeted by changing winds. The housing recovery is real.
May 27, 2010
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Americans' Savings Down, Spending Up
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Americans' Savings Down, Spending Up

They said you'd changed, embraced a "New Frugality." But it turns out you're back at the mall.
May 20, 2010
April's Price Drop Doesn't Equal Deflation
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April's Price Drop Doesn't Equal Deflation

We see modest inflation this year — and next — as the economy recovers.
May 19, 2010
A Stronger Euro Zone Ahead
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A Stronger Euro Zone Ahead

Both economically and morally, bailouts are bad news. But they have their place.
May 13, 2010
Strong Job Gains Signal Lower Unemployment Ahead
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Strong Job Gains Signal Lower Unemployment Ahead

More of the jobless are looking again. By year-end, they should get better results.
May 7, 2010
What's Different About Obama's Debt Commission
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What's Different About Obama's Debt Commission

A similar Bush effort disappeared without a trace. This time, reform stands a chance.
May 5, 2010
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Fissures at the Fed
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Fissures at the Fed

Policymakers are at odds over inflation. It's calm now, but how long can that last?
April 29, 2010
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Stocks: Why Investors Can Still Expect 8% Long Term
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Stocks: Why Investors Can Still Expect 8% Long Term

You shun stocks at your peril. Attractive returns are in the cards.
April 27, 2010
Lessons from the Housing Bubble
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Lessons from the Housing Bubble

Easy money from the Fed was part — but not all — of the story.
April 14, 2010
The End of the Credit Crunch
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The End of the Credit Crunch

Access to business loans is about to get easier.
April 12, 2010
Business Spending to Fuel the Economic Recovery
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Business Spending to Fuel the Economic Recovery

Corporations have plenty of dry powder available.
April 2, 2010
Unemployment headed to 9.5%
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Unemployment headed to 9.5%

An increase in employment in March is good news at face value. It’s even better news when you look more closely at the numbers.
April 2, 2010