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The Pie Is Shrinking So Much The 99% Are Beginning To Starve

This report was originally published by Charles Hugh Smith at PeakProsperity Social movements arise to solve problems of inequality, injustice, exploitation and oppression. In other words, they are solutions to society-wide problems plaguing the many but not the few (i.e. the elites at the top of the wealth-power pyramid). The basic assumption of social movements […]

To Increase America’s Productivity, Ban This…

Aside from short-lived booms in the 1990s and 2000s, US productivity growth has averaged just 1.2% from 1975 up to today after peaking above 3% in 1972. As we detailed previously, adjusting for the WWII anomaly (which tells us that GDP is not a good measure of a country’s prosperity) US productivity growth peaked in […]

The Rise Of Zombie Companies (And Why It Matters)

Authored by Daniel Lacalle via The Mises Institute, The Bank of International Settlements (BIS) has warned again of the collateral damages of extremely loose monetary policy. One of the biggest threats is the rise of “zombie companies.” Since the “recovery” started, zombie firms have increased from 7.5% to 10.5%. In Europe, BofA estimates that about […]

The False Promise Of Infrastructure Spending

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog, Building bridges to nowhere isn't just a waste of money in the present; it saddles the economy with productivity-draining costs for decades to come. If there is anything the political left, right and center can agree upon, it's the lasting benefits of spending more (borrowed) money on […]

Smartphone Addiction Tightens Its Global Grip

How long is it since you last used your phone? Chances are, you're using it right now to view this post. Analysts from Statista's Digital Market Outlook have revealed that the amount of time we're spending with our smartphones online has increased substantially over the last few years. You will find more statistics at Statista The term […]

Productivity Myths Shattered: Is Productivity Rising Or Falling? Why?

Authored by Mike Shedlock via MishTalk.com, The debate over productivity rages on. Some believe productivity is understated. Others believe it is overstated. Janet Yellen believes a lack of strong productivity gains may be responsible for tepid wage gains. Financial Times writer Edward Luce is confused, as are many others. Luce discusses The Mystery of Weak US […]

US Productivity Growth Slowed Dramatically In Q4

Following Q3’s 3.3% surge in US worker productivity – the best in 2 years – Q4 was a disappointment as growth slowed to just 1.3% (below the 1.5% expectation). Productvity growth slowed to just 1.3% in Q4 – the exact average growth rate of President Obama’s 8 year reign.   Unit labor costs rose very […]

Fumbling Towards Collapse

Submitted by Howard Kunstler via Kunstler.com, In all the smoke and fog emitted by Trump and his adversaries, it must be hard to make out the actual issues dogging this society, and even when you can, to find a coherent position on them. This was nicely illustrated in Paul Krugman’s fatuous column in Monday’s New […]

David Rosenberg: “The Travesty Is We Have 23.5 Million Americans Aged 25-To-54 Outside The Labor Force”

Some observations on recent negative trends in productivity, employment mismatch, and labor training and education from the increasingly more bearish David Rosenberg, who notes that the Trump’s proposed policies may end up helping growth on the margins, but fail to focus on what is really important, making tens of millions of US workers competitive and […]

Gallup CEO Warns: “America Inc.’s Running On Empty…And It’s Too Big To Turn Around”

The U.S. Council on Competitiveness asked Gallup to conduct, pro bono, a comprehensive study of U.S. growth and productivity for the Council's 30th anniversary. Chairman Jim Clifton enthusiastically said yes, and describes his findings… A Gallup senior economist led the study. Top Gallup experts and esteemed external senior scientists reviewed it to ensure statistical and […]