Richard DeKaser

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Why Health Care Reform Is No Cure-all
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Why Health Care Reform Is No Cure-all

Its fiscal impact will be slight. But it improves the prognosis for modest efficiency gains in health care delivery.
March 29, 2010