Archive for the ‘Economic Perspective’ Category

Are we taking on too much debt?

The latest statistics show American households are again adding that too much debt. That was one of the factors that led to the recession. But N.C. State University economist Mike Walden says we probably aren’t going to repeat history.

Outlook for Christmas sales

Christmas sales are important to the overall economy and for many individual businesses. After all, sales at this time of year can mean the difference between profits and losses. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden provides a Christmas sales forecast.

Happy 100th birthday

This year marks the 100th birthday of the Federal Reserve. But opinions vary on whether we should celebrate or regret this milestone. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains.

How quickly things can change

Twenty and 30 years ago, many people gave gloomy U.S. economic forecasts, especially when it came to our ability to compete internationally. But are those observations out of date today? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

How much to keep in the vault

The Federal Reserve recently released a proposal to require a large banks to keep more of their deposits in the vault. Many argue that the proposal will help avoid the kind of financial problems that rocked the economy in 2008 and 2009. But will the proposal be adopted quickly? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden answers.

The decline in labor-force participation

One of today’s top economic issues is the significant decline in the percentage of working-age people who either are working or are looking for work. N.C. State University’s Dr. Mike Walden outlines how economists explain this trend.

Report cards

Schools are clearly important in preparing students for rewarding jobs, but the economy reflects that importance, says N.C. State University’s Dr. Mike Walden.

Top inventions of all time

We live in a fast changing world dominated by advances in technology. But it’s easy to forget how much we benefit from the past. Recently, the Atlantic magazine assembled a panel of experts to rank the top 50 inventions since the wheel. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden discusses the Top 10.

Superstar cities

People who travel across the United States may notice that some of our cities are vibrant and growing, but also costly, while others are shrinking and struggling, yet very inexpensive. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden discusses new research into those differences.

Bank lending

Lending and credit help drive our economy, and both took big hits during the recession. But where does lending stand now? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

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