Connecting the Dots, August 2018

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How Trump Could Light a Federal Reserve Time Bomb

August 28, 2018

Those worried about the Fed’s so-called “independence” from politics are a little late. The US presidents, who nominate its board members, long ago put political loyalty high on the qualification list.

Productivity Riddle May Be Simple

August 21, 2018

Finding more and better-trained workers is the top challenge for many US business owners. They say current workers can’t produce enough to meet growth objectives.

Gasoline and Free Money

August 14, 2018

Gasoline prices have been strong this summer, though they’re still below last May’s peak, when the national average was near $3 a gallon.

No Shoes, No Shirt, More Money

August 7, 2018

A penny saved is a penny earned, goes the old saying… but that’s not true. In today’s world, a penny saved is better than a penny earned.