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Economy - Economics USA

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Michael Shedlock / Mish

Output rose eight times between 1975 and 2007. But the total volume of debt rose a staggering 20 times, more than twice as fast. The total debt-to-GDP ratio surged from 155 percent to 355 percent. Second, almost all this extra debt has come from the

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NY Times

The Swedes have a simple message to the Americans: Bite the bullet and nationalize. Officials in Washington are trying to figure out how to shore up American banks that once ruled the financial world but now seem to weaken by the day, despite receivi

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MSNBC.msn.com

The Labor Department reported Thursday that initial jobless benefit claims rose to a seasonally adjusted 589,000 in the week ending Jan. 17, from an upwardly revised figure of 527,000 the previous week.

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CalculatedRiskblog.com

Single-family starts were at 398 thousand in December; also the lowest level ever recorded (since 1959). Single-family permits were at 363 thousand in November, suggesting single family starts may fall even further next month.

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Washington Post

At least 30 banks since 2000 have escaped federal regulatory action by walking away from their federal regulators and moving under state supervision, taking advantage of a long-standing system that allows banks to choose between federal and state ove

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AfterDowningStreet.org

Stop for a minute and consider what Bush actually told us. It's a staggering thought. Who even knows what it might mean? In the United States, for example, the unemployment rate in the decade of the Great Depression never fell below 14%. In citie

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Guardian.uk

Growing stocks of unsold cars around the world. [great photo slideshow. I get the feeling Nissan isn't going to be bringing out any new models in the near future.]

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BeatTheChip.org

In my work approaching State legislators, some of them are cowing down due to threats of losing federal funding for their Highways by hitching them to Real ID regulatory conditions (Yes, the exact ones you hate).

News Link • Global Reported By Sheila Dean
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bizjournals.com/

BofA has said it expects to eliminate as many as 35,000 jobs over the next three years as it seeks to cut annual expenses by $7 billion in response to the acquisition and the recession.

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The Libertarian Enterprise

I am not an economist, nor—unlike a half-vast majority of the hairspray headed newsies who have somehow lately, miraculously, become overnight experts on all matters economic—do I pretend to be one on TV.

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http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com

President Obama has called for sacrifice and sharing. I wholeheartedly agree. However, before sharing the pain, and before working towards a solution, we must understand the problem. To date, many mistakes have been made because Congress, the Fed,

News Link • Global Reported By Mike Shedlock
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Boing Boing Gadgets

Though the 10% discounts make non-discounted premium items a little cheaper, many goods at Circuit City are more expensive than last week. The trick is to exploit the belief that great deals exist at the failed chain's closing down sale.

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