Patrick Watson

Jun 18, 2018
Retirement Is Dead in This Economy

May 29, 2018
Financial markets move when humans (or machines programmed by them) buy or sell. In theory, these decisions are rational. But in reality, they’re often driven by emotions.

May 23, 2018
If companies find they can raise prices and consumers keep buying, it may show up as higher inflation. That could inspire the Fed to tighten further and eventually bring on recession.

May 14, 2018
Bankers want more leverage so profits will be higher. Regulators want to allow less leverage so the banks are less likely to fail. They meet somewhere in the middle.

May 3, 2018
Just a few decades ago, it was unthinkable to show to strangers the kind of personal images and information many of us share on social media today. Internet access and social media have radically changed our attitudes about privacy.

Apr 18, 2018
The bigger danger is that China may simply buy fewer Treasury bonds. This is simple math. Chinese investors can’t buy our T-bonds unless they have excess dollars,and they won’t if the president succeeds in reducing the trade deficit.

Apr 9, 2018
That should worry you because the number of cracks is growing while the ability to patch them up is not. Let’s look at just three of those cracks.

Mar 21, 2018
Right now, economists look mostly at cash compensation: average hourly earnings, household income, etc. But when people get “paid” in other ways, it may not show up in those statistics, which could lead to wrong conclusions and policy errors.

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