By most conventional measures of the US economy, we are enjoying broad prosperity in the US. Unemployment is down, equity markets are up. However, salary growth is lagging for many. Analysis by the Pew Research Center shows that average real wages are essentially flat over the last 50 years. It shows that prosperity has not reached the middle class and, well, never did.
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The Super Bowl is a great opportunity for advertisers to reach a large customer base. We have grown accustomed to seeing many entertaining, emotional, funny, and even inspiring advertisements during the Super Bowl. All, of course, in the name of them convincing us to buy their products. Perhaps no industry has seized on the Super […]
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The economists and central bankers of the US Federal Reserve have a perplexing challenge. The US economy has picked up in terms of GDP growth, but inflation is below the Goldilocks target of 2%. How could economic models be wrong? What, if anything, has changed? It has spurred a serious discussion that suggests that US economy operates differently now. I think the answer is obvious – DEFLATION! We have deflation, just not in an absolute form. We have deflation in the economy like you might have bugs in your house. They are not everywhere, just in places. Overall, the house is mostly clean, but there are some bugs.
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Iceland: Economic and Business Lessons – Fire and Ice This summer, I had the pleasure of visiting Iceland with my family. It is an amazing country in so many ways. In addition to its unmatched natural beauty of mountains, glaciers, seashores, and active volcanoes, visiting offers some great lesson in economics and business. Iceland Has […]
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I hope this finds you off to a very Happy New Year! It is a natural time to plan for the coming year. The Angel Oak of Charleston, South Carolina has always inspired me. It has grown and prospered for over 500 years, reminding us that everyday can bring growth and prosperity. I wish you […]
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2017 New Year Outlooks With 2017 just beginning, it is worth thinking about some financial and business outcomes that are uncertain and will be consequential in the state of the economy next year. Price of Oil The Trump administration seems more supportive of the broader energy sector than was that of Obama, including coal and […]
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The US economy has high a relative high note – low unemployment and high company evaluations. So, why are some places still hurting and not growing? The answer is tied to dramatically different plights and outlooks of Americans based on where we live. Our economies are really local. I believe these differences are rooted in […]
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“If you can’t Measure it, you can’t Manage it. ” – W. Edwards Deming Each year, as a service to our students here at Northwestern University, I hold a special session showing new graduates how to make a personal financial plan. If you are not measuring your personal finances, you are not managing your personal finances. […]
The below blog appeared originally at EcoCentric, a leading channel for sustainable food practices. Over the last few years, students in the Kellogg Analytical Consulting Lab, a popular lab class that I founded and teach, have undertaken novel research on the economic drivers and performance of the food industry. It is wonderful to see our […]