Jonathan H. Todd

Finance, Investing, Economics

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What the real fed funds rate says about the U.S. economy

The real fed funds rate has sat below zero since the Financial Crisis. What does this mean for the U.S. economy?

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Morning Minutes: December 19, 2016

The president’s Council of Economic Advisers releases its annual report. Apple probably owes a lot in taxes, to nobody’s surprise. And how have technology companies impacted the social and political landscape of the United States?

Here’s what you need to know this morning.

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Pushing on a string? The link between the minimum wage and productivity growth

Can the minimum wage be used as a tool to increase the level of productivity in the economy?

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Calling A Private Equity Manager To Fix A Leaky Pipe: How Financialization Is Skewing The Housing Market

The financialization of real estate have been a winner for investors, but what does it mean for the long-term health of the economy?
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Selling: An Inevitable UBI World

Universal Basic Income, or UBI, is the economic theory du jour, but there remains a gap between theory and practice.

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Slow and Low: Why Is Productivity Growth Flatlining?

Productivity growth has stalled – are we measuring it wrong? Or can we really do less with more? The service economy and inequality might be to blame.

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Why Cities Are The Solution To The Populist Wave

Simon Kuper wrote an excellent commentary this weekend on why journalists need to get out of their city bubbles and talk to real citizens who represent more typical life experiences. As he notes, “Today, most remaining journalists live in metropolitan enclaves such as Brooklyn, north London and central Paris, and look like the elites they cover.” It’s difficult to understand how a voter in Iowa feels if you live/work/play all within two miles of Fort Greene.

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The Myth of the “Wage Gap Myth”

The opening line of the Wall Street Journal op/ed “The ‘Wage Gap Myth’ That Won’t Die” yesterday reads, “When it comes to economically foolish laws, California is second to none.” Fine, and the author, Sarah Ketterer, goes on to cite plenty of statistics that show that the wage gap is essentially non-existent.

Except, it is still very much existent, and in danger of getting much worse.

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Wage growth has stalled. Blame your Governor/Mayor/Congressperson.

We’ve seen persistent weak wage growth in the United States. Fiscal policy is likely to blame.

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Federal Reserve Rate Hike: Impatiently Patient.

The costs of a premature Federal Reserve rate hike are just too high.

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