growing old(er)

This blog post accompanies the SDPR Morning Macro segment that airs on Monday, November 18. The U.S. economy has been in the expansion phase of its business cycle since the second quarter of 2009—the end of the Great Recession a decade ago.  An expansion is one of four so-called phases of a business cycle; the other three […]

mind the gaps

This blog post accompanies the SDPR Morning Macro segment that airs on Monday, November 4. Last Wednesday, the Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) cut its target range for the federal funds rate by a quarter of one percent; the range is now 1.5 to 1.75 percent.  This was the third rate cut since July.  The federal […]

(iron) curtain call

This blog post accompanies the spring-2019 season finale of SDPR Morning Macro, which airs on Monday, May 20.  Please watch and listen for us in the fall.  Keep in touch.  And thank you. In February 1948, crowds filled Prague’s Old Square as Communist Czechoslovak Prime Minister Klement Gottwald announced the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia had successfully instigated […]

extra credit

This blog post accompanies the SDPR Morning Macro segment that airs on Monday, May 13. Macroeconomic growth relies on credit. Credit is allocated in the financial system, where, by definition, individuals, firms, and governments with a surplus of  funds—think, lenders, for example—transfer these funds to individuals, firms, and governments with a shortage of funds—think, borrowers, […]

traitors

This blog post accompanies the SDPR Morning Macro segment that airs on Monday, May 6. Hours before this blogpost published, the Wall Street Journal reported that President Donald Trump announced, in a pair of tweets, that if trade negotiations between the United States and China dragged on much longer, he would significantly increase or newly […]

revolutions

This blog post accompanies the SDPR Morning Macro segment that airs on Monday, April 29. In The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money, John Maynard Keynes (1936) observed, “Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influences, are usually slaves of some defunct economist.  Madmen in authority, who hear voices […]