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Jon Talton

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

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June 26, 2009 at 12:01 PM

Poetic justice: Vote for your favorite Econ Haiku of the week

It’s been that kind of a week. The Dow’s stuck. The Dreamliner’s delayed. Gotta laugh. So join in where I put the “dog” in doggerel and vote for your favorite Econ Haiku. Or write your own in the comments section. What’s your favorite haiku?(polls) The contenders: Monday: A snapshot of change Kodak will kill Kodachrome Paul Simon still lives Tuesday: Another…

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June 12, 2009 at 12:01 PM

From Mickey D’s to Kenny the banker — vote for your favorite haiku

Just because the official government statistics may understate unemployment, it doesn’t mean we can’t have some overstated fun…or try to. Vote for your favorite Econ Haiku of the week. And write your own in the comments field. What’s your favorite haiku?(polls) The contenders: Monday: Mickey D’s sales soar With McCafe espressos No jolt on Wall Street Tuesday: AT&T’s chief Will become GM…

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June 5, 2009 at 12:00 PM

A little fun is allowed: The week’s Econ Haiku poll

Because the dismal science shouldn’t be so dismal, here’s the weekly silliness. Vote for your favorite Econ Haiku — and if the muse bites, write your own on the comments field. Vote for your favorite Econ Haiku of the week(poll) The contenders: Monday: Are fears inflated? Bonds are worried. Not the Dow Watch the CPI Tuesday: Those clever bankers Don’t need no…

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May 29, 2009 at 12:00 PM

From feeling French to Bing for bling — the Econ Haiku poll

Because that GDP price deflator doesn’t have to deflate your weekend, join the fun and vote for your favorite Econ Haiku of this (holiday shortened week). Or write your own in the comments section. What’s your favorite haiku?(online polls) The contenders: Tuesday A four-day work week A pit stop in the rat race One almost feels French Wednesday A license to…

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May 11, 2009 at 9:40 AM

A cabbie performs his own stress test on the banks

Got a question about the economy? Join me at noon today for questions and answers. You can submit a question in advance here.

Top of the News: As the banks and government were trumpeting the results of the bank-crafted stress tests on Friday, my cabbie to Sea-Tac was giving his own report card. He prefaced it with, “Don’t even get me started on the banks.”

But I did. He said he had seen the interest rate jump from 8 percent to 29 percent on his credit card. His infraction: Apparently his online bill pay arrived at the bank 2 hours late. The call-center employee refused to negotiate. Now the cabbie says he will refuse to pay. Talk about a tea party.

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May 8, 2009 at 12:00 PM

Vote often and early: This week’s Econ Haiku poll

Because the dismal science shouldn’t be so dismal, here’s this week’s Econ Haiku poll. Vote on your favorite haiku this week. And, if the muse is with you, write your own in the comments section. Vote for your favorite haiku of the week(answers) The contenders: Monday: Microsoft rumors More layoffs? But keep steady Don’t jump from Windows Tuesday: The stress…

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