The Morning Economic Report

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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. 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.

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The Morning Economic Report
4:03 pm
Sun July 5, 2015

Home Ownership on the Decline - 7/3/15

According to Yale economics professor Robert J. Shiller, perhaps best known for co-creating the Case-Shiller housing index, the housing market’s collapse several years ago was the worst since eighteen ninety.  For a variety of reasons, including lending standards and diminished focus on homeownership, the nation’s homeownership rate has been in decline for eight years.  It is now below sixty four percent from a peak exceeding sixty nine percent in two thousand and four. 

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The Morning Economic Report
8:23 am
Thu July 2, 2015

Generational Home Buying Behavior - 7/2/15

The millennial generation, which includes Americans in their late-teens, twenties and early thirties, if often blamed for the profound decline in home buying.  America’s homeownership rate has been in declining since two thousand and five, but that’s not just because of millennials.

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The Morning Economic Report
7:42 am
Wed July 1, 2015

America's Productivity Slump - 7/1/15

Economists often define productivity as economic output per hour worked.  In recent years, productivity growth has been soft in America.  In fact, productivity in this country has been expanding at one of the slowest rates since World War II.  According to the Wall Street Journal, the only worse period for productivity growth transpired during the late nineteen seventies and early nineteen eighties. 

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The Morning Economic Report
12:15 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Brazil's Economy in Retreat - 6/30/15

While many Americans are strangled by accumulated debt, the situation could be worse – we could be in Brazil.  Brazil’s top credit information bureaus estimate that as of April, more than fifty five million Brazilians were behind on paying off credit cards or loans.  As reported by the Associated Press, that represents thirty seven percent of the nation’s adult population of about two hundred million people. 

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The Morning Economic Report
8:17 am
Mon June 29, 2015

Continued Improvement in the Domestic Labor Market - 6/29/15

The ongoing expansion of the U.S. economy is nowhere more apparent than in the domestic labor market.  Over the past twelve months, the economy has produced more than three million net new jobs.  Job growth hasn’t been this good since nineteen ninety nine at the height of the nation’s technology boom. 

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