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Wall Street Journal (January 9)

2018/ 01/ 10 by jd in Global News

“The S&P 500 inched higher Monday, extending this year’s run of records. Stocks have begun 2018 on an upbeat note, buoyed by investors’ optimism over the global economy and bets that central banks are unlikely to pressure markets by raising interest rates faster than expected.”

 

Wall Street Journal (July 14)

2014/ 07/ 14 by jd in Global News

Upbeat U.S. employment figures belie the fact that full-time jobs actually fell by 523,000 in June. “Way too many adults now depend on the low-wage, part-time jobs that teenagers would normally fill. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen had it right in March when she said: ‘The existence of such a large pool of partly unemployed workers is a sign that labor conditions are worse than indicated by the unemployment rate.’” Stripping the nearly 800,000 new part-time jobs out from the employment figures removes the feel-good factor and reveals “why the June numbers are so distressing.”

 

Wall Street Journal (April 10)

2014/ 04/ 11 by jd in Global News

“The U.K. and U.S. economies are recovering, and pessimistic predictions that fiscal consolidation was incompatible with economic recovery have turned out to be comprehensively wrong,” writes George Osborne. The UK’s chancellor of the exchequer is equally upbeat that the both countries will surpass the “gloomy arguments” being put forth by pessimists of secular stagnation. Free markets continue to be the “engines of progress…. we can secure lasting economic growth and ensure that all of our citizens benefit.”

 

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