Monetary policy (page 8)

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    Barron’s column questions government efforts to boost growth

    Former Bush administration and congressional staffer J.T. Young offers Barron’s readers a critique of the federal government’s long-running efforts to stimulate economic growth. An October poll conducted by the Associated Press and the German research institute GfK showed just how deeply Americans have come…
    Mitch Kokai, November 30, 2015
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    Barron’s ‘Economic Beat’ writer sees more inflation on the way

    Gene Epstein of Barron’s explains in his latest column why inflation might be heading toward the targets the Federal Reserve has been watching. Might there be a light at the end of the inflationary tunnel, signaling to the Federal Open Market Committee that inflation…
    Mitch Kokai, November 23, 2015
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    NC’s Tax Ranking moves to #15

    Every year the Tax Foundation publishes the State Business Tax Climate Index that allows taxpayers, businesses and policymakers an easy comparison of how their state’s tax systems relate. This ranking of the states is based on tax policy, and has been very important in North Carolina over the last…
    Sarah Curry, November 17, 2015
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    How Ted Cruz captured Steve Forbes’ attention

    Amid the barbs, one-liners, and sound bites, one piece of CNBC’s recent Republican presidential debate attracted Steve Forbes’ attention. He explains why in the latest issue of Forbes magazine. LOST AMID all the fireworks in that CNBC debate of the GOP presidential candidates was…
    Mitch Kokai, November 16, 2015
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    Barron’s Epstein assesses the latest U.S. economic news

    Gene Epstein of Barron’s devotes his latest “Economic Beat” column to analysis of the latest figures flowing from federal economic calculators. THE EMPLOYMENT REPORTfor October, released on Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, showed no job gains in manufacturing and small declines in…
    Mitch Kokai, November 9, 2015
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    Another good anti-stimulus analogy, courtesy of Steve Forbes

    Steve Forbes takes former Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke to task in the latest issue of Forbes magazine. In critiquing Bernanke’s weak-dollar policies, Forbes offers a useful analogy illustrating the ineffectiveness of stimulus policies. What Bernanke didn’t–and still doesn’t–understand is that money in and…
    Mitch Kokai, October 23, 2015
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    New data shows states that expand Medicaid spend more than states that don’t

    A Kaiser report shows that state’s that expanded Medicaid have spent more on the program than states that didn’t. Medicaid spending soared nearly 14 percent last year—its biggest annual increase in at least two decades—as a result of millions of newly eligible low-income enrollees signing up under the Affordable Care…
    Sarah Curry, October 22, 2015
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    Barron’s Epstein looks for a rate hike

    Gene Epstein uses his “Economic Beat” column in Barron’s to offer the Federal Reserve some unsolicited advice. Memo to Janet Yellen & Co.: In light of the September consumer price index released Thursday, might this be a good time to announce the…
    Mitch Kokai, October 19, 2015