Articles by Steven Hansen
Weekly Review: The Upcoming Labor Shortage?
5/24/2013, 9:39 am from Steven Hansen in Investing, Economy
The difficulty filling positions that some employers are already experiencing can be seen in the rising number unfilled job openings at the end of each month. The latest BLS survey... Read >>
weekly Review: Should Your Kid Be a High School Dropout?
5/17/2013, 12:44 am from Steven Hansen in Investing, Economy, Careers, College
There have been several posts over the past few weeks discussing college / university education. Goldman Sachs economist Jan Hatzius stated : [T]he faster job growth among college graduates... Read >>
Jobs Reports and the Economy
5/10/2013, 1:15 pm from Steven Hansen in Investing, Economy
It continues to amaze me of the love affair between Wall Street and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) employment situation report - aka the Jobs Report. It is nearly a worthless data set in... Read >>
Weekly Review: Corporations Are Taxing the Economy
5/3/2013, 3:48 am from Steven Hansen in Investing, Economy, Earnings
This week Personal Consumption data was released showing weak (but above expectations) growth. Since 2000 to the end of 4Q2012: Population grew 12.0%; Inflation 31.9% (using GDP deflator); ... Read >>
Will Congress Screw Seniors?
4/27/2013, 2:01 am from Steven Hansen in Investing, Economy, Retirement
How many of the elderly live totally on social security benefits live better and better every year? It seems that social security is designed as a declining real benefit program. Yet the... Read >>
Weekly Review: Headwinds to Auto and Housing Sectors
4/19/2013, 9:49 am from Steven Hansen in Investing, Economy, Real Estate
The inordinate growth of student loans – and its effect on the economy – is killing consumption (autos) and the housing sector. This is no short term dynamic, but will effect the economy... Read >>
Weekly Review: Will Markets Correct When Quantitative Easing Ends?
4/12/2013, 9:41 am from Steven Hansen in Investing, Economy, Bonds
The Federal Reserve’s FOMC meeting minutes were released earlier this week indicating many (few, majority, most, all?) members were leaning towards terminating some aspects of the current... Read >>
Weekly Review: Do You Think the Markets Will Crash?
4/5/2013, 7:56 am from Steven Hansen in Investing, Economy, Investing Ideas
This week, Marc Faber (aka Dr. Doom) stated on CNBC: I don’t think the market is as overbought as it was in ’87, so I don’t expect a crash. But I think for the time being, the market has... Read >>
Weekly Review: Forecasting an Improving Economy
3/29/2013, 10:01 am from Steven Hansen in Investing, Economy, Real Estate
Last week, my weekend “think piece ” showed that the unadjusted data was not (yet) confirming an economic expansion. This week I shift to Econintersect ‘s economic forecast which will be... Read >>
Weekly Review: Little Confirmation Yet the Economy Is Expanding
3/23/2013, 4:27 pm from Steven Hansen in Investing, Economy, International
The Federal Reserve’s FOMC believes the economy’s rate of expansion is improving. It is not that the economy MAY be expanding at a faster rate – but the evidence is mixed to negative at ... Read >>