Global Economy, Money & Finance, Currency, Government Finance, Inflation
For only the second time in a decade and the first time in a year, the Federal Open Market Committee, the policymaking body of the Federal Reserve, has elected to increase the target range for its influential federal funds rate by 25 basis points to 0.50% to 0.75%.
Global Economy, Competitiveness, Foreign Trade, Government Policy
For a few years now, I’ve been contributing to Judy Dempsey’s “Judy Asks” feature over at Carnegie Europe, where she poses questions on international topics to various experts. Here are links to some of the questions I’ve answered this year—click through to read my responses and those of other experts, including from Johns Hopkins, the Council on Foreign Relations, The Economist, and the Financial Times.
After multiple holdups, a new trade agreement has been reached between the EU and Canada. The Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement (CETA), for which negotiations began in 2009, was signed on October 30 after the EU bridged differences among some constituencies.
The U.S., meanwhile, has not concluded a trade deal since 2012, despite having two in the works for years. What’s holding them up?
Global Economy, Economic Environment, Recession, Money & Finance, GDP
Last month, I presented at the Industry & Economic Outlook Conference hosted by the National Fluid Power Association. I focused my presentation on the global manufacturing trends that are important to manufacturers. Below are some highlights from my presentation; you can view my slides here.
On Sunday, August 7, 2016, Scottish wind turbines contributed 39,545 megawatt-hours (MWh) of electricity to the national grid, more than enough to cover the entire country’s need of just over 37,000 MWh that day. Does this indicate a tipping point for renewable energy?
Global Economy, Economic Environment, Recession, Money & Finance, Currency, GDP
In an era full of “unthinkable” events, the world is now confronted with what might become the largest change in the global economic order since the end of the Cold War. Stemming from a close and angry UK election, we all woke up last Friday morning to find that the world’s fifth-largest economy
This week I presented to the leadership team at Baltimore Aircoil, a division of Amsted Industries, at their headquarters in Maryland; my presentation was also broadcast to senior executives in Asia and Europe. I was invited by their global VP of sales and marketing, who was featured in a MAPI interview earlier this year.
Relatively strong post-recession employment growth is not a statistical anomaly, though only a small portion of the gain is coming from internet and telecommunications jobs. GDP is underestimated, but it is consistently biased, and the gig and free economies are too small to explain the productivity gap. Rather than blaming statistics, analytical effort is better spent determining the root causes for slow productivity growth.