The Collapsing Velocity [of money] Problem

May 29, 2013 — As the self-proclaimed People’s Economist I’ll share a little pet  theory of mine with you:  The reason that America is not in the throes of wild  hyperinflation is that although the Fed is printing money hand over first (and  has been for a long time) the reason we don’t see prices doing moonshots is that  the velocity of money is dying on the vine.  So that’s this morning’s economic  munchies after we get some more coffee and a few headlines under the belt.  How  about we start with Working Moms lead the crime rate by 15 years?

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See Spot Run

May 25, 2013 — Economics, in a perfect world would make sense.  However, since we are all  living in the “alternate universe” (you did watch Fringe, right?) conventional  relationships which have withstood the test of time are no longer working.  We  have, as the characters in the series used to say “crossed over.”  Or, at least  we’ve got the portal between universes out on the frozen lake and we’re testing  the power on it now.  Before we get into what happens when world’s collide, a  look at some of the headlines to see what shakes (and quakes) out of ’em…

Reader Note:  We will post a special Peoplenomics  update if/when the follow-on quake activity shows up as the weekend progresses.

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America’s REAL Growth Rate

May 22, 2013 — One of the toughest tasks any investor can undertake is to understand – and  thus be in a position to profit from – any advance or decline in the US  economy.  If you do nothing else as an investor but this one thing, your fortune  is assured.  Get it wrong – more than once – and your Life can hit the skids in  no time.  Humans – couples in particular – don’t do well in the absence of  life’s modern necessities:  Food, shelter, transportation, and a good load of  cash to keep it all working.  So I thought we could spend some time today  looking at how the real growth rate of America is doing.  As we’ll discover,  just finding out how the economy is doing (and how to make a buck on it) isn’t  as easy as it once was.  First, though, we’ll pause for coffee, some headlines  beginning with…

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