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US GDP grows at strong 4 percent rate
« on: July 30, 2014, 09:44:16 AM »
http://thehill.com/policy/finance/213764-economy-grows-at-4-percent-pace-in-second-quarter

 By Vicki Needham - 07/30/14 08:35 AM EDT

The nation’s economy expanded at a 4 percent annual rate in the second quarter, better than expected and underlining the sense that a long-awaited recovery is now picking up.

It’s a big bounce back from the first quarter, when the Commerce Department estimated the economy contracted at a 2.1 percent annual rate as a difficult winter bit into growth.

The good news comes the same day President Obama is slated to talk about the economy in Kansas City, Mo.

The bounce back was helped by consumer spending, which increased at a 2.5 percent pace, up from 1.2 percent in the January-March period.

The nation also has experienced several months of strong job gains, with unemployment falling to 6.1 percent.

But the good economic news hasn't helped Democrats, who are in danger of losing their majority in the Senate this fall. They also haven't led to stronger approval numbers for Obama.

Economists expect the economy to continue its acceleration with yearly growth coming in around 3 percent.

Mark Zandi, chief economist for Moody's Analytics, said the second-quarter figure is in line with the recent run of strong jobs growth of more than 200,000 a month.

“These numbers feel more consistent with the jobs numbers,” he said.

“This is more supportive of the idea that the economy is gaining traction and will look meaningfully better as we move into the last half of the year and into 2015.”

Growth was driven mainly by consumer spending and an increase in business inventories.

Inventories contributed 1.66 percentage points to GDP growth after subtracting 1.16 points in the first quarter.

Economist Justin Wolfers cautioned on Twitter that fast inventory growth doesn’t necessarily mean more growth down the road.

The economy also got a lift from business investment, government spending and spending on home building.

After a cold winter, exports increased 9.5 percent in the second quarter after a 9.2 percent decrease in the first.

Housing, which had been falling for two straight quarters, rebounded in the spring, growing at a 7.5 percent annual rate.

The fresh growth data isn’t expected to change the policy direction of Federal Reserve officials, who wrap their two-day meeting on Wednesday.

Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen had brushed off the first quarter contraction as a  temporary fluctuation affected mostly by the weather.

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Re: US GDP grows at strong 4 percent rate
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2014, 10:47:35 AM »

The good news comes the same day President Obama is slated to talk about the economy in Kansas City, Mo.


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Re: US GDP grows at strong 4 percent rate
« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2014, 11:39:13 AM »
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The good news comes the same day President Obama is slated to talk about the economy in Kansas City, Mo.

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Re: US GDP grows at strong 4 percent rate
« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2014, 12:05:44 PM »
It will be revised quietly in a few weeks.


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Re: US GDP grows at strong 4 percent rate
« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2014, 12:28:52 PM »
It is to the point of pure silliness. They do this same stunt every single time with every number they publish. They always put out a fake number, then have a big celebration, then revise the number later. They do it every single time.
 
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Re: US GDP grows at strong 4 percent rate
« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2014, 09:25:05 PM »
Just wait until the pumping by the fed stops.
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Re: US GDP grows at strong 4 percent rate
« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2014, 09:56:25 PM »
Just wait until the pumping by the fed stops.
However it has already been significantly reduced, and appears to have less negative impact than many expected.

There are probably regional differences in economic recovery.
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Re: US GDP grows at strong 4 percent rate
« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2014, 11:59:01 PM »
However it has already been significantly reduced, and appears to have less negative impact than many expected.

There are probably regional differences in economic recovery.

There are already several people worth listening to who are worried they went too far and that there's too much inertia to avoid inflation and asset bubbles popping, including, if memory serves, at least one federal reserve bank head.

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Re: US GDP grows at strong 4 percent rate
« Reply #8 on: July 31, 2014, 10:12:21 AM »
I understand basic economics. The complexity of the US economic system escapes me. For years I've been reading about the horrific things that were going to happen as a result of Obama policies. For years I've been watching, and for years I've seen good things. Not great, but good. The market is up, I golf with people in the building trades, and they're all very busy. Their margins are very thin, but they have lots of work. In spite of all the hand wringing I see people buying cars, going out to eat regularly, buying electronics, etc.

Now put yourself in the shoes of a moderate, low information voter. You hear the constant media and Dem drumbeat, recovery summer, things are turning around, etc. You hear the constant right wing warnings that we're headed off a financial cliff. So far, it's closer to the former than the latter.

I think the wheels will have to fall off the economy, which I hope doesn't happen, for Republicans to have any credibility.

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Re: US GDP grows at strong 4 percent rate
« Reply #9 on: July 31, 2014, 07:37:49 PM »
Funny thing though, if you add this 4% to the negative 2.9% from the first quarter, you get a very weak 1.1% growth in GDP over the last six months.  That's not something to write home about.


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