17 09, 2019

We’re All Keynesians Now – Wesbury’s Outlook

By |2019-09-17T12:35:38-04:00September 17th, 2019|Financial, Policy, Spending, Taxes, Trade|0 Comments

"We are all Keynesians now," is a phrase that caught on in the late 1960s and early 1970s, variously attributed to Milton Friedman and President Richard Nixon. Uncle Milty was commenting on the general political/economic environment, not saying he was a Keynesian. Richard Nixon, on the other hand, actually said "I am now a Keynesian." [...]

30 07, 2019

Wesbury’s Outlook- Solid GDP Report

By |2019-07-30T14:59:11-04:00July 30th, 2019|Outlook, Policy|0 Comments

A cottage industry has sprung up in the past decade with the sole focus of discrediting any good news on the economy. When President Obama was in office, the attacks mostly came from the right. With President Trump in Office, the attacks mostly come from the left. Since March 2009, regardless of who was in [...]

29 04, 2019

Wesbury’s Outlook – Goodbye Recession Fears

By |2019-04-29T18:00:40-04:00April 29th, 2019|Financial, Governments, Media, Outlook, Policy|0 Comments

Less than two months ago, conventional wisdom thought the US economy was in real trouble. The consensus expected real GDP would barely grow, if at all, in the first quarter of 2019. Many were in a tizzy about the "second derivative," of growth, obsessing that near zero growth in Q1 would mean three straight quarters [...]

10 04, 2019

Wesbury’s Outlook – Economy on Very Solid Ground

By |2019-04-10T10:42:37-04:00April 10th, 2019|Bullish, Debt, Fed Reserve, Financial, Governments, Outlook, Policy|0 Comments

What a difference a month makes. Last month many economists had pushed down their estimates for first quarter economic growth to near zero. The Atlanta Fed's "GDP Now" model was projecting real GDP growth at a 0.2% annual rate in Q1, which would have been the slowest growth since the weather-related negative reading in the [...]

26 03, 2019

Wesbury’s Outlook – The Wizard of Oz

By |2019-03-26T13:45:28-04:00March 26th, 2019|Financial, Governments, Media, Outlook, Policy|0 Comments

It feels like we are living in the Land of Oz and the Fed is the "all-powerful" wizard in control. From just about every significant group of thought leaders – the press, politicians, economists, analysts, and government officials – the narrative of the past twelve years has been all about government and nothing about the [...]

19 03, 2019

Wesbury’s Outlook – Buybacks Aren’t the Problem!

By |2019-03-19T12:10:12-04:00March 19th, 2019|Debt, Financial, Governments, Outlook, Policy|0 Comments

The environment on Capitol Hill has made populism a bipartisan affair, with Republican Senator Marco Rubio now joining the fray with a call to tax corporate stock buybacks. His argument? Corporations are buying back stock instead of making productive investments. He's not alone in arguing that weak investment is the reason the economy isn't growing [...]

20 02, 2019

Wesbury’s Outlook – How TARP and QE Led to the “Green New Deal”

By |2019-02-20T15:17:49-04:00February 20th, 2019|Financial, Governments, Outlook, Policy|0 Comments

The most important quote from the Financial Panic of 2008 came from President Bush: "I've abandoned free market principles to save the free market system." The quote came in defense of TARP, the $700 billion bailout of the banking system, which many still mistakenly believe prevented another Great Depression. Many also think Quantitative Easing, the [...]

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