Posts filed under “Data Analysis”

Riskalyze: Portfolio Risk Analysis

Very cool embeddable tool for the RIA community: Riskalyze

 


 

Category: Data Analysis, Investing

Comparing Recoveries: Real GDP

Source: Crestmont Research   Ed Easterling, president of Crestmont Holdings LLC, created the chart above comparing various economic recoveries. He selected those that followed similar annual declines in real gross domestic product. As the chart shows, the present economic recovery is the most sluggish we have seen. Continues here  

Category: Data Analysis, Economy

A Mis-Leading Labor Market Indicator

A Mis-Leading Labor Market Indicator Samuel Kapon and Joseph Tracy Liberty Street Economics, February 03, 2014     The unemployment rate is a popular measure of the condition of the labor market. With the Great Recession, the unemployment rate increased from a low of 4.4 percent in March 2007 to a peak of 10.0 percent in October 2009….Read More

Category: Data Analysis, Employment, Think Tank

The Bull Market Ends (or Is It Just a Correction?)

We awoke this morning to see futures deep in the red. Over the past two weeks, markets seem indecisive, unable to make much progress. Lots of days began with positive trades, only to roll over and fall into losses. Several days that began in the red closed negative, though usually off their worst levels. Last…Read More

Category: Data Analysis, Investing, Technical Analysis, Trading

Discounts, Luxury Sales, and the Consumer (JCP, BBY et. al.)

It has been a confusing few weeks for followers of the retail sector. A mix of disappointing earnings (See Best Buy, J.C. Penny’s and Sears) along with pockets of luxury strength plus strongly trending auto sales has created a jumble. Let’s see if we can make some sense of the entire mess. Let’s start with…Read More

Category: Consumer Spending, Data Analysis, Retail

NFP: Pay No Attention to the Statistician Behind the Curtains

Okay, strap in for yet another tirade on why you should (for the most part) pay very little attention to the monthly Non Farm Payroll data, also know as the Employment Situation. Its hype to usefulness ratio is abysmally low. Long time readers know this is a peeve of mine (See list of prior articles…Read More

Category: Data Analysis, Employment

The Plural of Anecdote Is Not Data

Source: Nestler Analytics

Category: Bad Math, Data Analysis, Digital Media, Research

Restless America: State-to-State Migration

From Vizynary: Approximately 7.1 million Americans moved to another state in 2012. That’s over 2.2% of the U.S. population. The United States has a long history of people picking up and moving their families to other parts of the country, in search of better livelihoods. That same spirit of mobility, a willingness to uproot oneself,…Read More

Category: Data Analysis, Economy, Employment, Travel

Why Does the Minimum Wage Have No Discernible Effect on Employment?

Category: Data Analysis, Employment, Think Tank

Taking a Closer Look at Fast Food Minimum Wages

Last month, we discussed in this space McDonalds and Wal-Mart as America’s biggest welfare queens. As it turns out, both retail giants are the beneficiaries of a surprising amount of Federal aid: Their employee’s receive an inordinate amount of Medicaid, food stamps and other public assistance. This allows them to maintain very low wages, and…Read More

Category: Data Analysis, Wages & Income