Monthly Archives: December 2013

Is Inflation About to Come Back?

(Originally published here.) Could 2014 be the year that the U.S. economy gets back to normal, with faster inflation as one consequence? At least, that’s the argument that Business Insider’s Joe Weisenthal made over the weekend. Such predictions have beenwrong before, … Continue reading

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DataView: How We Spend

(Originally published here.) Shopping: We all do it, whether it’s for groceries, gas or video games. CHECK OUT this interactive graphic exploring what we buy, where we buy it, and how that’s changed.

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The Puzzle of the Fed’s Tools

(Originally published here.) It’s that time of year — no, not the holidays, but the last meeting of the Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee before 2014. Nowadays the nation’s monetary policy makers aren’t disagreeing as much about whether the economy … Continue reading

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Obama’s Chance to Shake Up the Fed

(Originally published here.) By early next year, all seven members of the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors will have been appointed by President Barack Obama. Too bad that so far he hasn’t taken advantage of the openings to pick someone … Continue reading

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Fixing What’s Wrong With Economics 101

(Originally published here.) Harvard’s most popular course is Ec 10, the introductory class in economics. This fall, 760 undergraduates were enrolled — almost half the school’s freshmen. Economics is the most popular major at Harvard, Yale and Princeton. Rightly or wrongly, these students and … Continue reading

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Bill Ackman’s “Moby Dick” Bet Against Herbalife

(Originally published here.) Depending on whom you ask, Herbalife Ltd. is either a pyramid scheme that preys on the poor or the innovative manufacturer of dietary supplements favored by a former secretary of state. Bill Ackman, a member of the first camp, admitted … Continue reading

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Ford Recall Is a Strength, Not a Weakness

(Originally published here.) Everyone makes mistakes, so it isn’t necessarily a poor reflection on Ford Motor Co. that it has just recalled 161,334 vehicles because they are vulnerable to spontaneous engine fires. (Tesla Motors Inc. isn’t the only one.) What might be a … Continue reading

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