Letting the payroll tax cut expire was a terrible idea; extent of terribleness unclear | FT Alphaville
"While workers intended to spend 10 to 18 percent of their tax-cut income, they reported actually spending 28 to 43 percent of the funds. This is higher than estimates from studies of recent tax cuts, and arguably a consequence of the design of the 2011 tax cuts. The shift to greater consumption than intended is largely unexplained by present-bias or unanticipated shocks, and is likely a consequence of mental accounting."
US mortgages: Fed buying spurs hopes of US housing recovery /Euromoney magazine
"The Fed is buying around $1.3 billion of agency-backed mortgages a day and has indicated that it intends to keep doing so until there is substantial improvement in the US j...
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Edward Harrison is the founder of Credit Writedowns and a former career diplomat, investment banker and technology executive with over twenty five years of business experience. He has also been a regular economic and financial commentator in print and on television for the past decade. He speaks six languages and reads another five, skills he uses to provide a more global perspective. Edward holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia University and a BA in Economics from Dartmouth College.