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Opinion: We might not see the inflation bus coming until it’s run us over

By   /  Friday, June 11th, 2021  /  Latest news, Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Opinion: We might not see the inflation bus coming until it’s run us over

By John Grace Everybody wants to know the date things go sideways. As I am fond of saying, if we are jaywalking across the street it’s not the bus you do see that can disrupt our day, it’s the bus we didn’t see, couldn’t name, and was impossible to time. Global bubbles from the U.S. Read More →

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Kashkari: Fed needs new approach to monetary policy

By   /  Thursday, May 16th, 2019  /  Latest news, South Coast, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Kashkari: Fed needs new approach to monetary policy

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Klepper: Economy needs ‘Positively Happy Index’

By   /  Friday, July 20th, 2018  /  Education, Latest news, Op/Eds, Opinion, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Klepper: Economy needs ‘Positively Happy Index’

By William Klepper Back in the late 1970s and early 1980s, we had a misery index. This was a combination of the unemployment rate and the inflation rate. In the late ’70s and early ‘80s, this index topped out at almost 20 percent. Although no longer tracked, the misery rate would be about 6 percent Read More →

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Letter to the editor: Tax cut bill not good for country

By   /  Friday, June 1st, 2018  /  Latest news, Law, Letters to the Editor, Opinion, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Letter to the editor: Tax cut bill not good for country

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Fiscal reform needed as pension time bomb ticks away

By   /  Friday, September 2nd, 2016  /  Banking & Finance, Banking Industry, Columns, Latest news, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Fiscal reform needed as pension time bomb ticks away

America’s summer of fiscal discontent is coming to a close on a downbeat note. The California legislature is preparing to wind up its session having stirred up a lot of controversy but done almost nothing to address the state’s ongoing pension crisis. The burgeoning shortfall now adds up to $139 billion in the CalPERS fund Read More →

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Fed rate increase should help take risk out of financial markets

By   /  Friday, December 18th, 2015  /  Columns, Latest news  /  Comments Off on Fed rate increase should help take risk out of financial markets

The Federal Reserve’s decision to slowly begin the process of normalizing interest rates may not have all that much to do with the economy or inflation. The economy isn’t really overheated and any threat of inflation remains far off in the future. Parsing the Fedspeak of the Dec. 16 announcement that regulators are “reasonably confident” Read More →

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Special Comment from the Editor: Jan. 2 rally could singal turning point

By   /  Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013  /  Opinion  /  Comments Off on Special Comment from the Editor: Jan. 2 rally could singal turning point

A curious aspect to the history of modern finance is the presence of substantial turning points. Often these are moments whose significance is not fully recognized until years, perhaps decades have passed. But it’s also true that these turning points sometimes happen under extreme political or economic pressure—pressure that forces a substantial policy change. Decisions Read More →

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