Monetary policy (page 9)

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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
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    Where our tax-dollars go

    Sarah Curry, October 9, 2015
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    Barron’s Epstein highlights poor economic forecasting

    Gene Epstein of Barron’s uses the occasion of Yom Kippur to focus on recent economic sins. In this annual Yom Kippur column on economic sins of omission and commission in need of atonement, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen rates high on the list of…
    Mitch Kokai, September 28, 2015
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    NC can take a lesson from Wyoming

    A new article from Governing, touches on rainy day funds and when it is time to use the funds set aside by state’s. North Carolina put aside millions into its rainy day fund, to offset an unforeseen natural disaster or another recession.  Now the question that must be raised…
    Sarah Curry, September 24, 2015
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    New Study of how Federal Spending affects state budgets

    North Carolina is no stranger to how the federal government’s programs affect our state budget.  Take Medicaid for example, it has caused a problem for state budgets for years – and it is a federal program that receives a significant amount of federal spending.  If the federal government can’t keep…
    Sarah Curry, September 24, 2015