Archive for June, 2009

Headlines misleading the public on Buffet’s view of the US economy

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

You’ve probably seen the headlines about how Buffet says the economy is in shambles. If you haven’t already, take a look at the full interview because it doesn’t sound to me that he thinks we’re a hopeless case. He’s basically saying we will recover but there’s a risk of inflation and it may take some time to recover.

Interestingly, until we recover, until consumers start getting more spending power, I don’t see how inflation could be a problem…

How much depends on consumer spending?

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Some people are hoping for an economic recovery this year but I am not so sure any respite will last more than a few months because I don’t see evidence that consumer spending will increase.

Due to relatively high unemployment and many workers who are unable to get raises, how greatly can consumer spending increase? If consumer spending doesn’t increase, corporate profits can’t increase much.Neither can government revenue.

So how is the economy supposed to recover?