Decoding the Economy

Economic news and analysis from corporate economist Alan MacEachin.

Economic news and analysis from corporate economist Alan MacEachin.

Three Things to Watch in the U.S. Economy This Summer

Do you ever find your head spinning after reading a news article saying that the job market is quickly improving, only to see a story the next day saying the overall economic growth took a [...]

By | July 17th, 2014|Decoding the Economy|

The housing market needs more than sun to “heat up” this spring

What are you looking forward to most this spring? For many, it’s the noise of chattering songbirds as you awake in the morning, the explosion of colors budding from plants and trees, and the cracking [...]

By | April 17th, 2014|Decoding the Economy|

Is winter’s wrath the reason for a cooling economy?

You may be asking yourself, what does the weather have to do with the economy? Well, you’ve seen the headlines: frigid temperatures in the Midwest leading to the Great Lakes being more than 90% frozen; [...]

By | March 11th, 2014|Decoding the Economy|

Why Monthly U.S. Employment Data Is Important to You

This Friday, but usually the first Friday of each month, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) will release its monthly employment summary. While you may not have read the actual BLS report, it’s likely [...]

By | January 9th, 2014|Decoding the Economy|

Will the U.S. jobs market continue to improve in 2014?

Sing along with me: “it’s beginning to look a lot like…more jobs in 2014…” The answer is maybe, but why is this important? Simply speaking: more jobs = more people with money = more spending [...]

By | December 18th, 2013|Decoding the Economy|

Will consumers open their wallets this holiday season?

Ah, Thanksgiving. The time of year when Christmas music has already filled the radio waves for two weeks, your family is deciding how big the turkey should be this year, and department stores are announcing [...]

By | November 22nd, 2013|Decoding the Economy|

Congressional Gridlock and Its Harm on the Economy

Congress on Wednesday night finally passed a bill to open the government and raise the debt ceiling – sending hundreds of thousands of furloughed government employees back to work and avoiding a potential default on [...]

By | October 18th, 2013|Decoding the Economy|

Why You Keep Hearing About the Federal Reserve

In case you didn’t notice, the Federal Reserve received a lot of publicity last week. Defying most market expectations and my own, it made the decision to not begin tapering its stimulus efforts to support [...]

By | September 24th, 2013|Decoding the Economy|

U.S. Economy: The Sky Is Clearing, But Clouds Remain

Your economist here, Alan MacEachin, examining the U.S. economy through a magnifying glass and serving a dish of economic information you can use and impress your friends with. How would I describe the U.S. economy [...]

By | September 16th, 2013|Decoding the Economy|