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Political Economy: July 11, 2010 - July 17, 2010

Job growth math: What would a jobs recovery look like?

Job growth math: What would a jobs recovery look like? How is job growth actually stacking up now? Excluding temporary Census employment, job growth in April, May and June averaged 123,00 net new jobs. In other words, we're not just in a deep jobs hole, we haven't started climbing out in any substantial way.

By Neil Irwin  | July 16, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  U.S. Economy  
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Fed's Bullard: Not enough evidence of a slowdown to change policy

More excerpts from interview with Fed Reserve St. Louis president.

By Neil Irwin  | July 16, 2010; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning briefing: Eastern European countries recovering, Asian markets down

Happy Friday! Here's what happened overnight in Europe and Asia: *The World Bank said the European Union's newest members have returned to growth for the first time since the start of the global financial crisis in 2008. In the first...

By Ariana Eunjung Cha  | July 16, 2010; 6:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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What kind of impact will the regulatory overhaul have? Ask us in 2020

By David Cho It's hard to know what impact the regulatory overhaul passed by Congress on Thursday will have on the markets and the economy. The legislation's supporters hailed it as a landmark bill that will protect consumers, rein in...

By Mike Shepard  | July 15, 2010; 7:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Dodd implies Fed must act at hearing for governor nominees

Is a key senator trying to encourage the Fed to pursue a looser monetary policy? In his opening statement at a confirmation hearing for three nominees to be Federal Reserve Board governors, Sen. Christopher Dodd came pretty darn close to calling for the central bank to take new steps to support growth.

By Neil Irwin  | July 15, 2010; 10:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Federal Reserve  
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What questions would you ask of Fed nominees?

President Obama's three nominees for the Federal Reserve board are scheduled to appear before the Senate Banking Committe on Thursday. Two experts weigh in on what lawmakers should ask the nominees.

By Ariana Eunjung Cha  | July 15, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning briefing: China's growth slows, help for Greek banks

The news overnight from Europe and Asia was disappointing, though not surprising.

By Ariana Eunjung Cha  | July 15, 2010; 7:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Federal Reserve, International Economics, Trade, U.S. Economy  
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U.S. homes repossessed by banks set to hit record 1 million this year

By Ariana Eunjung Cha The number of American homes repossessed by banks hit a record high in the second quarter of the year, putting the number of foreclosures on track to hit a record 1 million by the end of...

By Ariana Eunjung Cha  | July 15, 2010; 12:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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SEC begins overhaul of voting system for investors

By Zachary Goldfarb The Securities and Exchange Commission began Wednesday to overhaul the system through which investors vote their shares in public companies. It's been many years since the primary way for investors to have their voices heard in the...

By Zachary Goldfarb  | July 14, 2010; 5:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Tags:  The Securities and Exchange Commission began Wednesday to overhaul the system through which investors vote their shares in public companies.  
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Fed leaders: Economic recovery slower than expected

Federal Reserve leaders marked down their expectations for growth and inflation last month, concluding that the economic recovery is proceeding more slowly than they had thought in the spring but that the slowdown did not warrant new policy actions.

By Ariana Eunjung Cha  | July 14, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
Categories:  Federal Reserve, U.S. Economy  
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Second-quarter growth is looking crummy

Don't look now, but the bottom is falling out of analysts' estimates of how fast the economy grew from April to June.

By Neil Irwin  | July 14, 2010; 11:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Retail sales fall, adding to recovery worries

Retail sales flopped again in June, according to government data released this morning, as drops in auto purchases and gas prices dragged spending down 0.5 percent from a month ago.

By Ylan Q. Mui  | July 14, 2010; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Morning briefing: Asian markets up, British Airways-Iberia merger approved

Good morning. Here's what happened overnight in Asia and Europe.

By Ariana Eunjung Cha  | July 14, 2010; 7:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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This Week: New retail, consumer confidence numbers bring focus to the American consumer

By Neil Irwin Important new information is scheduled to come out this week on retail sales, the industrial sector, consumer prices and the direction of Federal Reserve policy. Wednesday American consumers are in rough shape, with the job market still...

By Neil Irwin  | July 14, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Welcome to Political Economy

By Neil Irwin At some point in the last couple of years--I would place it sometime after Lehman Brothers went down but before the automakers were bailed out--Washington became the financial capital of the world. It is an unlikely financial...

By Neil Irwin  | July 14, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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What Bernanke and the Fed won't be doing to stimulate economic growth

By Neil Irwin I wrote last week about what actions the Fed would consider taking if the economic recovery continues losing steam. In reporting that story, I also vetted some other actions the central bank might take to try to...

By Neil Irwin  | July 14, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Federal Reserve  
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