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Anirban Basu

Host, Morning Economic Report

Anirban Basu, Chariman Chief Executive Officer of Sage Policy Group (SPG), is one of the Mid-Atlantic region's leading economic consultants.  Prior to founding SPG he was Chairman and CEO of Optimal Solutions Group, a company he co-founded and which continues to operate.  Anirban has also served as Director of Applied Economics and Senior Economist for RESI, where he used his extensive knowledge of the Mid-Atlantic region to support numerous clients in their strategic decision-making processes.  Clients have included the Maryland Department of Transportation, St. Paul Companies, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Players Committee and the Martin O'Malley mayoral campaign.

He is the author of numerous regional publications including the Mid-Atlantic Economic Quarterly and Outlook Maryland and is routinely asked to contribute to local media, including on his radio show on WTMD, 89.7 FM/Baltimore and here on WYPR's Morning Economic Forecast.  Anirban completed his graduate work in mathematical economics at the University of Maryland.  He earned a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University in 1992. His Bachelors in Foreign Service is from Georgetown University and was earned in 1990.  He is currently working toward his J.D. at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

Click on the image for the MER's for the week of October 30.

Click on the image for the MER's for the week of October 23.

In this segment, we often discuss the lack of preparedness for retirement suffered by many Americans. But with the economy improving recently and financial markets surging, there have been some positive developments and there is evidence of growing confidence among seniors...

October is an important month for America’s retirees. That’s not simply because there will soon be children banging on doors making outrageous demands for candy and threatening diabolical acts. It’s also because October is the month when Social Security trustees typically announce the annual cost of living adjustment to monthly checks.  

Click on the image for the MER's the week of October 16. 

Working Seniors

Oct 19, 2017

Many of us worry that we will not have the financial capacity to actually retire. We are living longer, which is a good thing, but our lives are also more expensive and many of use to not have an extensive financial safety net.  Accordingly, record number of Americans older than 65 are working – now nearly 1 in 5 as indicated by The Washington Post.  

Click on the image for the MER's the week of October 9. 

Unpaid Eldercare

Oct 13, 2017

For a growing share of older Americans, retirement may be approaching, but so too is a new job:  unpaid care for the elderly...

There is a notion there when people retire, their spending immediately plunges. After all, retirement implies a rapid transition to fixed income, including perhaps income from Social Security. But it doesn’t work like that. For many people, retirement appears to be a multi-year transition rather than representing a discrete point in time...  

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Young Workers

Sep 28, 2017

As challenging as many older workers have found it to save money for retirement, the situation may be even worse for younger workers.  The rising cost of education represents a major challenge for Millennials trying to get a head start on saving for retirement.

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Click on the image for The Morning Economic Reports for the week of September 25.

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Click on the image for The Morning Economic Reports for the week of September 18.

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Click on the image for The MERs for the week of September 11.

Living on Less

Sep 21, 2017

Due in large measure to the inadequacy of retirement savings in America, data continue to indicate that many retirees are living on remarkably little income and sacrificing essentials to make ends meet.  

According to a recent analysis by Fidelity, a couple retiring this year will require an estimated $275,000 to cover healthcare costs during retirement...

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Click on the image for The MERs for the week of September 4.

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Starting with this week's episode, The Morning Economic Report will be presented in one podcast. 

Click on the image for The MERs for the week of August 28.

Wage Gains

Sep 7, 2017

For months, economists have puzzled over low wage growth in the context of low unemployment.  The nation’s official rate of unemployment recently hit a 16 year low, but average hourly earnings are only up about two and a half percent over the past year, well short of the three and a half percent that typifies a solidly performing economy. 

What you should be doing to prepare for retirement depends largely on how old you are today. As indicated by writer Kerry Hannon, if you are in your twenties and thirties, you may want to read a book on personal finance if you haven’t done so yet. You also want to sketch out your monthly budget, including items like rent, groceries, and loan repayments.  

Click on the image for The Morning Economic Reports for the week of August 21.

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Click on the picture for The Morning Economic Reports for the week of August 14. 

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There are many articles on how to save for retirement, but less so on how to stretch your resources once retirement begins...


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Perhaps you’ve heard this before – you are going to need a million dollars to retire. Your initial response may be to ignore such counsel – after all, that number just seems a little too round to be right...


Many have read reports regarding how ill-prepared many Baby Boomers are for retirement. Last year, GoBankingRates published research involving more than 1500 adults over the age of 55. As indicated by writer Barbara Friedberg, approximately 30 percent of those respondents claimed to have no retirement savings...  

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Click on the image for the MERs for the week of July 31.

Many have read reports regarding how ill-prepared many Baby Boomers are for retirement. Last year, GoBankingRates published research involving more than 1500 adults over the age of 55. As indicated by writer Barbara Friedberg, approximately 30 percent of those respondents claimed to have no retirement savings...


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Click on the image for the MERs for the week of July 24. 

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Click on the image for the Morning Economic Reports from the week of July 17.

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