Archive for the ‘Economic Perspective’ Category

Micro-financing

One role of the financial system is to match up lenders with borrowers. However, sometimes it’s difficult for small unknown business persons to acquire funds in this kind of system. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden considers whether there is an alternative for small beginning borrowers.

What would Hamilton do?

There’s still a lot of attention focused on the problems in Europe with Greece, Spain, Italy and the euro. Some say the problems there are reminiscent of similar issues in the early years of our country, which were solved by our first Treasury secretary, Alexander Hamilton. What did Hamilton do? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

Operation Twist

What kind of dance will the Federal Reserve be doing now that it’s renewed its version of the Twist? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden answers.

The latest on consumer debt

Updated numbers on consumer debt were just released. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden takes a look at the numbers and what they mean for the economy.

Debate over dentistry

There’s a controversy playing out in North Carolina in the halls of the legislature as well as on the airwaves. It concerns the role of the State Dental Board in approving management contracts for the state dentists. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains.

Stocks and bonds

The stock market has been riding a roller coaster recently. Is there any way for an investor to protect against the downs of the stock market and still earn a decent return? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

Why are gas prices down?

It seems like the unthinkable has happened. Gas prices — after jumping in some regions to over $4 a gallon — have now dropped for several months. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains what’s up – or, more precisely, down — with gas prices.

A global slowdown

We’ve heard about the economic problems in Europe, and some economists now think Europe is in a recession. The recent job numbers in our country have also been disappointing. Is the entire world now going in reverse? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden answers.

Pent-up demand

What does the term pent-up demand mean, and what does it have to do with today’s economy? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden answers.

Austerity vs. stimulus

Perhaps the biggest debate in the country now is what to do to boost the economy. There appears to be two distinct sides. One is called austerity, and it calls for balancing the federal budget and reducing the deficit mainly by changing spending. The other argues for just the opposite by having the government spend more money and worry about the debt later. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden puts these two clashing recommendations in perspective.

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