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12 posts from July 2011

July 06, 2011

Discretionary Services Expenditures in This Business Cycle

Jonathan McCarthy

The pronounced weakness in personal consumption expenditures (PCE) for services has been an unusual feature of the 2007-09 recession and the slow recovery from it. Even in 2010:Q4, when real PCE increased at a relatively robust 4.1 percent annual rate, real PCE on services rose at only a 1.4 percent rate. This weakness has been especially evident in “discretionary” services (to be defined below), which fell more in the recent recession than in previous recessions and since have rebounded more sluggishly. In this post, I suggest that the continued sluggishness in these expenditures lends a note of caution regarding the sustainability of recent PCE strength. Because consumption accounts for about 70 percent of output, this in turn raises some concern about the future strength of the recovery.


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July 01, 2011

Just Released: Marking the End of LSAP 2

Robert Rich

Yesterday, the Federal Reserve concluded its second Large-Scale Asset Purchase (LSAP) program. Liberty Street Economics is marking the end of the program—through which the Fed purchased $600 billion in Treasury securities—by providing a variety of resources (research, directives, and other information) on LSAP 2.


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