Is it a coincidence?

The Coincident Index (CI) is a monthly composite economic indicator published by the Philadelphia Federal Reserve. The CI provides a snapshot of economic conditions in each state. An increase in a state’s CI over time indicates an expansion in economic activity the state while a declining CI signals a contraction in the state’s economy. The […]

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Apples to Apples

It has been widely reported that Wisconsin lost 9,700 nonfarm jobs and ranked 43rd among states in employment growth in October. That compares to Minnesota (-6,100 jobs), Michigan (+2,000), Illinois (+30,000), and Iowa (+2,300) during the same period. However, that is based on comparing October job numbers to September employment. While it provides a useful […]

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Foreign Investment

The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) defines Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) as ownership or control of 10 percent or more of a business located in the U.S by a foreign individual or entity . In 2010, Foreign Direct Investment in U.S. companies totaled $288 billion. U.S. individuals and entities also make direct investments in […]

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Buy Local?

In June 2010, foreign investors (individuals, corporations, and governments) owned $9.7 trillion in U.S. long-term securities. Their holdings accounted for 19.3 percent of all U.S. long-term securities and included: $3.3 trillion in U.S. Treasuries $1.1 trillion in U.S. gov. agency debt (i.e Fannie Mae) $2.8 trillion in publically traded U.S. stocks/mutual funds $2.5 trillion in […]

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