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Todays Retail News Reel
Thu, Aug 11, 10:51 AM ET, by RetailSails.com

Here is what we are paying attention to in today's news:Time To Get Into Dollar ...

Happy Birthday Frederic Bastiat
Tue, May 31, 3:31 PM ET, by Bob McTeer

Fifteen years ago, I had the honor of giving the keynote address in Dax, France, ...

Britain Builds a Better Soda Tax
Tue, Mar 22, 4:12 PM ET, by Donald Marron

Britain will soon tax sugary drinks. Whether you love that idea or hate it, youve ...

Budgeting for Federal Lending Programs Is Still a Mess
Wed, Mar 2, 1:52 PM ET, by Donald Marron

On Monday, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) defended the current method for budgeting for federal ...

How Should We Use the Revenue from Taxing Carbon?
Tue, Feb 23, 4:52 PM ET, by Donald Marron

Adele Morris co-authored this post. A US carbon tax could raise $1 trillion or more ...

Happy 70th Anniversary to the Council of Economic Advisers
Tue, Feb 16, 7:12 PM ET, by Donald Marron

The Council of Economic Advisers celebrates its 70th anniversary this week. You can read a ...

Todays Retail News Reel
Sat, Feb 13, 9:41 AM ET, by RetailSails.com

Here is what we are paying attention to in today's news:Time To Get Into Dollar ...

What Should We Do with the Money from Taxing “Bads”?
Fri, Jan 29, 1:13 PM ET, by Donald Marron

What do indoor tanning, shopping bags, junk food, alcoholic beverages, tobacco, "gas guzzling" cars, ozone-depleting ...

November Jobs Report Seals the Deal for December Lift-Off
Tue, Dec 8, 2:42 PM ET, by Bob McTeer

The juxtaposition of last week's weak IMS Manufacturing Report and the desire of the FOMC, ...

Yesterday's Jobs Report Seals the Deal on Rate Lift-Off
Sat, Dec 5, 11:52 AM ET, by Bob McTeer

The juxtaposition of this week's weak IMS Manufacturing Report and the desire of the FOMC, ...

Should Governments Tax Products That Are Fun But Harmful?
Tue, Nov 10, 2:12 PM ET, by Donald Marron

Should you face an extra tax if you drink soda? Eat potato chips? Uncork some ...

Let the Fed Pay For Our Roads and Bridges/Heaven Forbid Users Should Pay Through Tolls and Gasoline Taxes
Thu, Nov 5, 5:11 PM ET, by Bob McTeer

Okay, the House passed a highway bill (a good thing) that included resurrecting the Import-Export ...

Audit the Fed! Oh, Wait. The Fed is Already Audited
Fri, Oct 30, 5:11 PM ET, by Bob McTeer

The Audit the Fed folks, including two in the latest Republican presidential debate, are being ...

Ben Bernanke's Memoir
Sat, Oct 24, 12:11 PM ET, by Bob McTeer

Ben Bernanke's memoir is out. It's a very thick book. ...

The Shrinking Budget Deficit and the Slower Growth of Debt
Sun, Oct 11, 4:11 PM ET, by Bob McTeer

The U.S. budget deficit for the fiscal year 2015, which ended in on September 30, ...

The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Are We Up To The Challenge?
Wed, Oct 7, 5:11 PM ET, by Bob McTeer

" What protection teaches us, is to do to ourselves in time of peace what ...

Did the Weak September Jobs Report Derail a 2015 Rate Hike?
Sat, Oct 3, 10:51 AM ET, by Bob McTeer

Probably. It wasn't just the weaker-than-expected gain of 142,000 payroll jobs in September that disappointed, ...

An Obvious Point About Fed Transparency: They Can't Signal What They Don't Know
Thu, Sep 17, 1:41 PM ET, by Bob McTeer

(I'm writing this before today's FOMC decision is announced, because my point has nothing to ...

Can Nudges Improve Government?
Wed, Sep 16, 3:32 PM ET, by Donald Marron

Behavioral "nudges" can increase college enrollment by low-income students, boost health insurance take up, encourage ...

A $15.00 Minimum Wage in New York State Would Be A Self-Inflicted Wound
Fri, Sep 11, 1:51 PM ET, by Bob McTeer

Governor Cuomo's proposal for a $15.00 minimum wage in New York is bolder than most, ...

The Employment Report - Not Bad Enough To Derail Fed Action
Fri, Sep 4, 12:11 PM ET, by Bob McTeer

Like Wagner's music, the August jobs report is better than it sounds. Not great, but ...

Todays Retail News Reel
Mon, Aug 17, 10:31 AM ET, by RetailSails.com

Here is what we are paying attention to in today's news:Time To Get Into Dollar ...

The Yuan and the Dollar
Thu, Aug 13, 5:31 PM ET, by Bob McTeer

In March 2003, I was in China making the rounds of universities, government agencies, and ...

Reflections on the Greek Tragedy
Fri, Jul 17, 3:51 PM ET, by Bob McTeer

(This was written on July 8, 2015.) In the late 1980s, I spent about 16 ...

Everything You Should Know about Taxing Carbon
Thu, Jun 25, 10:42 AM ET, by Donald Marron

Climate change is hot. From the popes encyclical to the upcoming United Nations conference in ...

The Fed Should Act on July 29
Mon, Jun 15, 3:41 PM ET, by Bob McTeer

I agree with the consensus view that September 17 is the most likely date for ...

Trade Is Not About Counting Jobs; It's About Making Jobs Count
Fri, Jun 12, 12:41 PM ET, by Bob McTeer

I view the House vote today on trade-promotion authority, a necessary prelude to an important ...

Monetary Freedom
Fri, May 29, 12:31 PM ET, by Bob McTeer

Okay, I confess. I usually drive under the speed limit to avoid getting stopped for ...

Return of the Cicadas
Tue, May 26, 9:42 AM ET, by Donald Marron

The worlds most fascinating insects live in the eastern United States. Periodical cicadas spend most ...

Our Weakening Economy Is Getting Harder To Ignor
Sat, May 16, 2:21 PM ET, by Bob McTeer

We had two decent GDP quarters in mid-2014, and that's about it. The 4th quarter ...

Productivity Is Down: Are U.S. Workers Slacking Off?
Mon, May 11, 12:41 PM ET, by Bob McTeer

U.S. labor productivity fell at a 1.9 percent annual rate in the first quarter, the ...

The FOMC's Cacophony
Sat, Apr 11, 12:51 PM ET, by Bob McTeer

When Buddy Holly was little, he insisted on getting on the stage with his uncle's ...

More on the Euro-Dollar Exchange Rate
Fri, Mar 13, 6:21 PM ET, by Bob McTeer

Nineteen countries now use the Euro as their currency. Fifty states use the Dollar as ...

Dollar-Euro Parity? Let the Market Figure It Out
Wed, Mar 11, 3:11 PM ET, by Bob McTeer

In recent years, in response to those who complained about our "weak" dollar and longed ...

Let 'Er Rip, Janet; Let's Get It Over With
Sat, Mar 7, 3:11 PM ET, by Bob McTeer

"Let 'er rip, let it fly; Come on baby, say it, do you think I'm ...

Three Things You Should Know About Dynamic Scoring
Fri, Feb 27, 10:12 AM ET, by Donald Marron

The House recently changed the rules of budget scoring: The Congressional Budget Office and the ...

Current Monetary Policy: A Keynesian Distortion
Wed, Feb 18, 4:31 PM ET, by Bob McTeer

One amusing thing about watching financial TV these days is that no analyst wants to ...

Todays Retail News Reel
Wed, Feb 18, 9:21 AM ET, by RetailSails.com

Here is what we are paying attention to in today's news:Time To Get Into Dollar ...

Tax Policy and Investment by Startups and Innovative Firms
Mon, Feb 9, 2:32 PM ET, by Donald Marron

Our tax system includes many provisions to boost business investment, particularlyby startups and innovative firms. ...

Inflation Targeting or Deflation Avoidance?
Sun, Feb 8, 4:11 PM ET, by Bob McTeer

. ...

A Strong Dollar Doesn't Attract Foreign Capital - Expectation of a Stronger Dollar Does
Wed, Feb 4, 7:51 PM ET, by Bob McTeer

Whether the dollar is strong or weak matters for our exports and imports because their ...

Fourth Quarter GDP Reverts to the Weak New Norm
Sat, Jan 31, 4:21 PM ET, by Bob McTeer

Real GDP increased at only a 2.6 percent annual rate from the third to the ...

Congratulations to Congress on the Pipeline
Thu, Jan 29, 5:19 PM ET, by Bob McTeer

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Are All QE's the Same?
Mon, Jan 26, 12:11 PM ET, by Bob McTeer

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Is a Strong Dollar a Good Thing or a Bad Thing?
Sat, Jan 24, 5:31 PM ET, by Bob McTeer

You are probably way ahead of me on this, but I'll say it anyway: It ...

Patience
Fri, Jan 16, 6:11 PM ET, by Bob McTeer

She promised us patience in 2015 No premature rush to tighten So, I’ll be patient ...

Rolexes Just Got More Expensive - Or, You Can't Keep A Good Currency Down
Thu, Jan 15, 8:41 PM ET, by Bob McTeer

The Swiss National Bank, Switzerland's Central Bank, surprised the world this morning by removing its ...

New Year's Eve in Terlingua (12/31/03)
Wed, Dec 31, 1:41 PM ET, by Bob McTeer

Another year has come and gone, We're back to New Year's Eve. Getting ready for ...

Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Whole Grain Bread
Thu, Dec 25, 5:11 PM ET, by Bob McTeer

We've come a long wayunfortunatelysince our founding fathers wrote our constitution and tried to sort ...

Five Percent Growth - Wow!
Tue, Dec 23, 6:14 PM ET, by Bob McTeer

Usually when a pretty good GDP number is released, I check to see how much ...

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