Is this a time for monetary policy easing?

`Headline inflation’: The year-on-year change in CPI-IW, with target zone superposed.

The best price index in India is the CPI-IW. `Headline inflation’ in India corresponds to the widely watched year-on-year change in the CPI-IW. The above graph shows us the experience of inflation in India from 1999 onwards. The informal target of policy . . . → Read More: Is this a time for monetary policy easing?

Tale of two charts

With December data recently out.  More and more workers in Pittsburgh, and another new all-time high in the size of the regional labor force. Bigger observation is that the rate of labor force growth here is not slowing down either. In fact, for December it was the largest year over year increase in the region’s labor force in . . . → Read More: Tale of two charts

Gold Mania Phase Approaching for Junior Miners: Michael Ballanger

Low market valuations for junior mining companies have Michael Ballanger, director of wealth management at Richardson GMP, feeling like a kid in a candy store, and equities satisfy his sweet tooth more than the metal right now. Ballanger has had enough years in the business to recognize the advent of gold fever. In . . . → Read More: Gold Mania Phase Approaching for Junior Miners: Michael Ballanger

Men, migration

Just for the infographic in itself this is worth looking at from the NYT last week: A migration of unmarried men.  Pennsylvania does not seem to show up in those migration stats at all.  It makes me wonder about a lot of things.  Was there some vast untapped labor resource in Pennsylvania for these . . . → Read More: Men, migration

Welcome to Higher Taxes

It’s apparently unpleasant:

American workers are opening their first paychecks of the year and finding an unpleasant surprise: The government’s take has gone up.

A temporary cut in Social Security withholdings gave Americans hundreds of extra dollars to spend over the past two years. But Congress allowed that break to expire during the wrangling . . . → Read More: Welcome to Higher Taxes

Are Junior Gold Investors Living the Movie ‘Groundhog Day’?: David Skarica

Gold stocks, especially juniors, have been undervalued for longer than most investors thought possible. The result is what David Skarica, founder of Addicted to Profits, calls a “maximum pessimism trade.” In this interview with The Gold Report, Skarica summarizes his analytical tools and provides clear examples of companies that meet his criteria as . . . → Read More: Are Junior Gold Investors Living the Movie ‘Groundhog Day’?: David Skarica

Economic Events on January 18, 2013

At 9:55 AM Eastern time, Consumer Sentiment for the first half of January will be announced.  The consensus is that the index will be at 75.0, which would be an increase of 2.1 points from the level reported in the second half of last month.

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Johnstown forever

So if there is any doubt what drives the stats behind this article today: Full home ownership here is nation’s best, it really is pretty simple.  Of those who did not leave Pittsburgh, we have not had many folks move around.  Likely for many depressed home values prevented the type of equity appreciation that . . . → Read More: Johnstown forever

Chen Lin: How My Portfolio Gained 63% in 2012

Chen Lin has gotten so much attention for his investment success, new subscribers to his newsletter, What Is Chen Buying? What Is Chen Selling?, have to line up on a waiting list. Luckily, he sat down with The Energy Report to share some of the investment ideas that helped his portfolio climb 63% . . . → Read More: Chen Lin: How My Portfolio Gained 63% in 2012

Economic Events on January 17, 2013

At 8:30 AM Eastern time, the U.S. government will release its weekly Jobless Claims report. The consensus is that there were 887,000 new jobless claims last week, which would would be 26,000 more than the previous week.

Also at 8:30 AM Eastern time, the Housing Starts report for December will be released.  The consensus . . . → Read More: Economic Events on January 17, 2013