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Disasters Can Happen

Is DOW 20,000 and U.S. National Debt $20 trillion merely a coincidence? Or is there a correlation?

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by MN Gordon

Economic Prism

Arrested Development

Despite the best efforts of the bulls to make history happen, they’ve been unable to ‘git-r-done.’  At the time of this writing, the DOW is facing another bout of arrested development; it has yet to notch 20,000 for the very first time.

What a feat it will be when this remarkable, but trivial, event comes to pass.  After a near eight year run, the DOW will likely eclipse this exquisitely round numeric threshold in the very near future.  Shouldn’t such an achievement – and the associated wealth effect – have made us all (Read More....)

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The One Thing that Will Change Everything

by MN Gordon

Economic Prism

“There are more things in heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” – William Shakespeare, Hamlet

Ticking Time Bomb

The American populace counts down to Election Day with impatient intent.  Will their party man occupy the White House come January 21, 2017?  Or will their party woman occupy a federal prison cell?

These are questions that only the good wisdom of time can answer.  Here at the Economic Prism we watch with indifferent curiosity.  We don’t think either candidate’s worthy of high office.  But we’re eager to know the election (Read More....)

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An Abundance of Idle Trucks

by MN Gordon

Economic Prism

An Abundance of Idle Trucks

The popular economic theme being reported by the popular press still remains.  That the economy is grinding higher.  That growth is improving, albeit slowly.  That blue skies are just over the horizon.

Naturally we have some misgivings.  As far as we can tell, business is not humming along.  Earnings are stagnant.  Profits are slim.  Moreover, corporate reductions in force (RIFs) are being executed with the imprecise targeting of a sledge hammer.  Even Google’s laying off staff.

Most notably, if the economy were (Read More....)

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Why the Fed Destroyed the Market Economy

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by MN Gordon

Economic Prism

What Have You Done for Me Lately?

Swing voters are a fickle bunch.  One election they vote Democrat.  The next they vote Republican.

For they have no particular ideology or political philosophy to base their judgement upon.  They don’t give a rip about questions of small government or big government.  Nor do they have any druthers about the welfare or warfare state.

In effect, they really don’t care.  What’s important to the swing voter is much simpler.  In fact, it can be boiled down to the following essential question.  What have you done for me lately?

The answer to this question, of course, comes back to money.  As far as the swing voter’s concerned, if their brokerage account’s growing they vote the incumbent (Read More....)

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Shrewd Financial Analysis in the Year 2016

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by MN Gordon

Economic Prism

How to Decipher the News

“Markets make opinions,” says the old Wall Street adage.  Perhaps what this means is that when stocks are going up, many consider the economy to be going great.  Conversely, when stocks tank it must be because the economic sky is falling.

For both scenarios the opinions range far and wide.  A rising NASDAQ may compel a tech aficionado to proclaim we’re on the cusp of a new digital revolution.  Falling manufacturing stocks may compel a protectionist to proclaim it (Read More....)

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The Number One Factor Influencing Fed Monetary Policy

by MN Gordon

Economic Prism

Things Ain’t Right

A brief scan of the financial and economic landscape – both in the U.S. and abroad – offers ample confirmation that we are in the midst of a great reset.  From a feint tickle at the turn of the new millennium to a persistent itch a decade ago, the preponderance of evidence in this regard is now much too painful to ignore.  There’s no denying that things ain’t right.

Debt is increasing while GDP’s stagnating.  Stocks are rising while earnings are declining.  Incomes are flat-lining for the majority of workers while growing by leaps and bounds for the 1 percent.  Plus there’s over $13 trillion of negative-yielding debt.

With all this going on, what’s become lucidly clear is the frank understanding that there’s nothing that can really be done to reverse it.  No executive order.  No monetary (Read More....)

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The Great Stock Market Swindle

by MN Gordon

Economic Prism

Short Circuited Feedback Loops

Finding and filling gaps in the market is one avenue for entrepreneurial success.  Obviously, the first to tap into an unmet consumer demand can unlock massive profits.  But unless there’s some comparative advantage, competition will quickly commoditize the market and profit margins will decline to just above breakeven.

Unfortunately, finding and filling gaps in the market is much easier said than done.  Even the most successful serial entrepreneurs fail more than they succeed.  What’s more, success in one endeavor doesn’t guarantee success in another.

Anyone who has ever developed and marketed a new product from concept through sale knows how difficult it is to achieve profitability.  For every good idea there must be a hundred bad ones.  Yet the only way to really know the (Read More....)

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