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Jon Talton

Analysis and commentary on economic news, trends and issues, with an emphasis on Seattle and the Northwest.

Category: Economy
September 23, 2016 at 9:08 AM

Vote: What does Boeing’s WTO victory mean?

The World Trade Organization was intended to be the fulfillment of the American-led, post-World War II liberal economic order, put in place to avoid some of the stresses that led to the rise of Hitler. All participants would play by the same rules, with ever lower tariffs and minimal subsidies. So how should we feel about More

Comments | More in Aerospace/Boeing, Economy

January 14, 2015 at 11:01 AM

If we wanted to worry about the economy…

NOTE TO READERS: This is the second in an occasional look at the factors driving volatility in the market this year. For the first installment, click here. Americans are an optimistic lot. Climate change? Hey, maybe it’s not real and if it is, we won’t be hurt! A completely destabilized Middle East? Hey, my gasoline…


Comments | More in Economy | Topics: Consumer spending, deflation, Oil prices

October 17, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Vote: Are you anxious about the economy

The laugh line in the otherwise somber play The Shadow Box is delivered by the saucy (and dying) grandmother to her repressed and puritanical daughter: “Does that make you anxious?” So here we are with the Dow up 300 points a few days after dropping 400 points. The stock market indices, as the great economist Paul…


Comments | Topics: deflation, eurozone, Federal Reserve

February 28, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Vote: A new slowdown?

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen testified this week that the central bank is concerned about data showing a weaker economy than it had expected this year. Today, the government reported that gross domestic product grew at a revised annual rate of only 2.4 percent in the fourth quarter of last year, compared with the initial…


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December 20, 2013 at 10:43 AM

Reasons for caution about the leap in GDP

The final revision for gross domestic product growth in the third quarter is a roaring 4.1 percent. Talk about a hot summer. This is the second-best performance in the measure of all goods and services produced by the economy since the end of the recession. But happy days may not be here again.


Comments | More in Economy | Topics: GDP growth