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Jon Talton

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July 21, 2010 at 9:45 AM

Some essential Web sites for navigating uncertain times

Recently I offered some good reads to understand the causes of the Great Recession and the hole we’re now in. The Internet also provides a wealth of information, some good and some not-so-reliable. Here are a few worth bookmarking.

— In the shameless self-promotion department, you’ll find the most complete coverage of the Northwest economy and business on the Seattle Times’ business & tech page. This includes special reports such as the Northwest’s top companies and the WaMu saga. Be sure to check out Brier Dudley’s Blog, Sharon Pian Chan’s Microsoft PriO, Melissa Allison’s Coffee City and Kristi Heim’s The Business of Giving. You may follow many of these blogs on Twitter (including Sound Economy).

— Some of the best analysis and commentary on the financial crisis comes from The Baseline Scenario. Here you’ll find Simon Johnson of MIT, who has consistently been several steps ahead in dissecting the troubles on Wall Street and in Washington.

Zero Hedge does a great job of getting at the news behind the news. For example, the latest installment by Tyler Durden digs deeper into those sobering estimates of a four-year slog before the United States recovers the jobs lost in the recession. The more realistic date: 2021.

— Henry Blodget’s Business Insider is sexy and slick. It also has some fascinating intelligence and special reports on everything from the economic outlook and the economy, to ranking of metros in a variety of areas and such things as “10 company perks that will make you insanely jealous.”

— On the more sober side are the many blogs of the Harvard Business Review. Also, the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Reform. The Corporate Library blog keeps an honest eye on best governance practices.

— Among the mainstream media, be sure to check out the Wall Street Journal’s Real Time Economics and the New York Times’ Economix. Financial Times’ Alphaville is also excellent.

— On the employment front, the Economic Policy Institute does the deepest analysis, with an emphasis on average workers. The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics offers a wealth of data on its site.

— Some others: Calculated Risk provides a newsy update on economics. The blog by UC Berkeley economist Brad DeLong is a take from left of center but still a must read for all. Solid stuff from more right of center comes from The Daily Reckoning. The Peterson Institute for International Economics is chock full of global issues. Seeking Alpha focuses on the stock market.

I’m sure my smart readers can add their own in the comments section. As always, read widely and critically. Nobody has all the answers.

Today’s Econ Haiku:

Well, neener neener

Canada’s narrow-body

Isn’t getting fed

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