Archive for the ‘Economic Perspective’ Category

Living alone

A record number of Americans now live alone. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden takes a look at what’s behind this phenomenon.

Improving investment returns

For investors who don’t want to take much risk with their money, the current financial environment is challenging. Rates of return on low-risk investments are very low. Is there anything that safe investors can do to improve the situation? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

Is manufacturing back?

Is there a real revival of manufacturing in the United States, or is it just talk? And if it’s real, is it generating jobs? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

The euro problem

The economic problems in Europe with the euro and potential default of some countries continue. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden gives a thumbnail sketch of the essential issue.

Are interest rates artificially low?

By many measures interest rates are at a generation low. But all folks aren’t happy with this situation, and some say the government is purposefully holding interest rates down. N.C. State University Mike Walden takes a look at the issue.

Is government a business?

We’re in an important political election year, and so many political issues are being discussed. Some people argue that government should be run like a business. But what does this mean? And can it work? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden answers.

The 15% tax rate

Controversy has arisen about the tax rate some higher income folks pay. It is sometimes much less than what middle- and maybe lower-income households pay. How can this arise? And is it fair? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

More easing by the Fed?

There’s speculation the Federal Reserve may embark on another round of monetary or quantitative easing. These are the terms used in press accounts. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains, in plain language, what this means.

Do oil embargoes work?

There’s an international effort to reduce the purchasing of oil from Iran. Is it possible to stop purchasing a valuable commodity like oil from certain regions? And what might be the possible impacts on oil prices? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

The liquidity trap

There have been many diagnosis of what ails the economy. One of the newest ones is that the economy has been in something called a liquidity trap. It doesn’t sound good, but what is it? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains.

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