Nicole Liska

I am a Principal at Fulcrum Inquiry, an accounting and economic consulting firm that performs damage analysis for commercial litigation, forensic accountings, financial investigations, and business valuations. I hold an ABD and MA in economics from the University of California, San Diego. I perform damages analyses and serve as a damages expert witness. My resume is on Fulcrum's website.

Most commented posts

  1. Beware Of Poll Results — 4 comments
  2. Congress’ procrastination means a delayed 2010 federal tax refund — 4 comments
  3. California Moves Closer to Making Wine Less Tasty — 2 comments
  4. What statistics can tell us about the ditching of L.A.’s “Gold Card Desk” — 2 comments
  5. It’s Good to be Under 40… — 2 comments

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A Mistake Reveals an Economic Reality

A slew of new federal taxes related to the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act (PPACA) took effect January 1, 2013.  Like most taxes, the tax imposers will try to mask the impact by aggregating them with other taxes.  Because consumers are used to paying some type of tax on practically everything, they are less likely …

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First Statistics on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) just released its first annual report of the “Securities Whistleblower Incentives and Protection” (Section 922) created under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (aka “Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program”).  To reportedly encourage employees to report complaints without fear of retaliation by their employer (e.g., getting fired), the …

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Signs of Sanity in the Fed?

The minutes from the most recent December FOMC (Federal Open Market Committee) meeting were made public today, and revealed a potential light at the end of a seemingly endless dark tunnel.  Although more quantitative easing was supported in the meeting (aka QE4-Ever), the minutes unveiled that more than the usual lone dissenter expressed concerns and …

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Controversy Over the Fed’s Policies Continues…

Since the last Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting in September, multiple Committee members have been outspoken about the Fed’s additional unparalleled monetary accommodations to allegedly spur economic growth.  Recall that the FOMC meeting resulted in both new and continuation of existing monetary easing measures including:  (i) “QE3”, (ii) continuing “Operation Twist”, and (iii) continuing …

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Unprecedented Insanity – the Fed’s “new” policies

On September 13, 2012, the Fed unveiled its unprecedented plethora of programs that purportedly will spur economic growth via keeping interest rates low.  These “new” programs are similar, if not identical, to the Fed’s prior programs attempted to achieve the same goal with little, if any, positive results.  However, what makes them unprecedented is the …

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Fed insanity appears to continue

In a recent blog post found here, I warned that more monetary accommodations by the Fed (e.g., “QE3”, “Operation Twist”) may be coming soon. Most economic indicators that the Fed follows to determine its monetary policies either stayed the same or got worse since this last June post. The Fed had its most recent meeting …

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Less than 100 days away…let the presidential polling begin to go crazy!

The presidential election is now less than 100 days away (92 to be exact, but who’s counting…), and people are now starting to pay more attention to the polls.  Because there are more eyeballs reading these polls, pollsters are performing polls more frequently, and poll outliers are also becoming more frequent.  For those that have …

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Food price increases coming…but is it a result of the drought?

Over the last couple of days, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has been warning Americans to be aware of potential food price gouging from stores taking advantage of the historic drought.  According to the National Climatic Data Center’s most recent monthly drought report, 55 percent of the country was in a moderate to extreme drought at …

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More people agree with the Declaration of Independence…what does this mean for November 2012?

With America’s birthday today, a public opinion pollster (Rasmussen) solicited opinions about whether or not Americans agree with a certain major tenet of the Declaration of Independence, specifically whether “governments derive their only just powers from the consent of the governed.”  Rasmussen reports its results with the following statement: The Declaration of Independence, ratified by …

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Why are the Fed’s net worth statistics so different?

There is still much talk in the media about the Federal Reserve’s recent statistics published in its Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF), namely that household median net worth fell by almost 40% from 2007 to 2010 and the mean fell almost 15%.  (See a recent blog post here that provides seemingly similar Fed data exhibiting …

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