4 08, 2020

Don’t Play GDP Politics – Wesbury’s Outlook

By |2020-08-04T11:02:57-04:00August 4th, 2020|Debt, Economist, Financial, Governments, Media, Outlook|0 Comments

These days, pretty much everything is hyper-political, including death rates from disease, wearing masks, opening schools, whether some demonstrations are "mostly peaceful" or "violent," and now GDP. Late last week, plenty of headlines blared that real GDP declined 32.9% in the second quarter, suggesting that our country's output of goods and services was roughly 1/3 [...]

7 07, 2020

The Economy and The Virus – Wesbury’s Outlook

By |2020-07-07T12:16:58-04:00July 7th, 2020|Debt, Employment, Financial, Media, Outlook|0 Comments

Not since the 1960s and 70s has the United States experienced social upheaval like it is experiencing today. We have protests (both peaceful and otherwise), and a massively divided political landscape. On top of that, we have a virus that is spreading across the country, creating fear and an acceptance of economic shutdowns. Originally, the [...]

29 06, 2020

Not Locking Down – Wesbury’s Outlook

By |2020-06-29T14:59:06-04:00June 29th, 2020|Economist, Financial, Media, Outlook|0 Comments

A resurgence of new Coronavirus cases around the country has created uncertainty for investors. Stock markets fell last week, not because of the virus, but because investors fear another round of economy-killing, government-mandated lockdowns. We don't expect that to happen, but when the government is involved, risks are definitely higher. After the peak in early [...]

1 06, 2020

More Green Shoots – Wesbury’s Outlook

By |2020-06-01T15:39:10-04:00June 1st, 2020|Economist, Financial, GDP, Governments, Media, Outlook, Uncategorized|0 Comments

A full recovery from the COVID-19/Shutdown Crisis is going to take a long time. We don't anticipate reaching a new peak for real GDP until the end of 2021; we don't anticipate a 4% unemployment rate until 2024. However, there is a growing amount of evidence that the economy may have hit bottom in May. [...]

30 03, 2020

The Coronavirus Threat – Wesbury’s Outlook

By |2020-03-30T12:39:27-04:00March 30th, 2020|Debt, Fear, Financial, GDP, Governments, International, Outlook|0 Comments

Total deaths in the US from COVID19 look like they'll hit at least 3,000 by the end of March. A potentially brutal April lies ahead. In the meantime, the measures taken to limit deaths have temporarily tanked the US economy. Initial claims for jobless benefits soared to 3.283 million per week, easily the highest ever. [...]

9 03, 2020

Headline Interruption – Michael Rogan

By |2020-03-11T12:03:49-04:00March 9th, 2020|Financial, Media|0 Comments

We thought we would interrupt your daily routine with an update on the current panic/crisis du jour. if you have taken our advice and are not watching the news, then you can stop reading here and continue to go about your lives.   If, however, you’re like most of us and find it nearly impossible [...]

24 02, 2020

Yes, There Was a Housing Bubble, But Not Now – Wesbury’s Outlook

By |2020-02-24T22:22:28-05:00February 24th, 2020|Financial, Interest Rates, Outlook, Policy|0 Comments

One of the worst bipartisan policy decisions in the past generation was the aggressive government push in the 1990s and 2000s to promote homeownership, beyond what the free market could handle. Policymakers encouraged Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to gobble up lots of subprime debt, in turn boosting lending to borrowers who couldn't handle their [...]

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