Category: Economics

Foreclosure Court Ruling has National Importance

In two recent separate cases, Massachusetts’ highest court voided the seizure of two homes by Wells Fargo and US Bancorp.  The banks failed to show necessary documentation that they held the mortgages at the time they foreclosed.  This is the first such decision in the country.   Although the decision only directly affects Massachusetts, Massachusetts has …

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Initial Thoughts on the 2010 Census

Christmas came a little early for statisticians and demographers with the release of the first numbers from the decennial census.  These three interactive maps provide a means of understanding population movements and absolute numbers.  Here are initial thoughts based on these maps.  Most of the headlines commonly reported are really continuations of past trends, or …

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Crazy Eddie and the Financial Crisis

 In my prior posting on the financial meltdown I mentioned that just about anybody by now has their own theory on what caused the financial meltdown of 2008.  Mine may be a little different: The financial meltdown occurred because nobody believed that all the bankers had gone insane. I remember the first time I heard a …

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The Missing Word

There is a word that has been sadly missing from the national debate on how to get the US economy growing. That word is opportunity.

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