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Daily Debt Subject to the Limit Report

Treasury Notes: “Treasury recently estimated that it is likely to exhaust extraordinary measures related to the debt limit on or about Thursday, November 5. As previously noted, recent receipts were lower than previously projected, and trust fund investments were higher than projected resulting in a net decrease of resources available to the United States government.”

Average American Worker Earns Less Today Than 40 Years Ago

FastcoExist: “…American workers are actually poorer today than four decades ago. They may be earning more money. But, in real terms, they’re getting less for it. Measured in 2014 dollars, the median male full-time worker made $50,383 last year against $53,294 in 1973, according to new U.S. Census Bureau figures.”

Organizational Restructuring and Collaborative Creativity: The Case of Microsoft and Sony

Gupta, Sonam and Dhillon, Ishneet, Organizational Restructuring and Collaborative Creativity: The Case of Microsoft and Sony (2015). The IUP Journal of Business Strategy, Vol. XII, No. 1, March 2015, pp. 53-65. Available at SSRN: “The need for innovation and cross-dependencies among the departments is forcing organizations to restructure from divisional to functional organizational structure. ThisContinue Reading

IMF World Economic Outlook October 2015

IMF World Economic Outlook (WEO): Adjusting to Lower Commodity Prices, October 2015 “Global growth for 2015 is projected at 3.1 percent, 0.3 percentage point lower than in 2014, and 0.2 percentage point below the forecasts in the July 2015 World Economic Outlook (WEO) Update. Prospects across the main countries and regions remain uneven. Relative toContinue Reading

2012 Economic Census Geographic Area Series Complete: Utilities Sector

“The 2012 Economic Census concludes the Geographic Area Series for the utilities sector.  The utilities sector includes establishments primarily engaged in electric power generation, transmission and distribution; natural gas distribution; and water, sewage, and other systems. Geographic Area Series data are presented for the nation, states, combined statistical areas, metropolitan statistical areas, counties and economic places. The Geographic Area Series provides detailedContinue Reading

State Capacity, Minority Shareholder Protections, and Stock Market Development

Via Knowledge@Wharton – “In their paper, “State Capacity, Minority Shareholder Protections, and Stock Market Development,” Guillen and INSEAD professor Laurence Capron evaluated current and historical legislation in more than 70 countries with both established and emerging markets and found that it’s not enough for countries to have legal provisions in place. There also must be a mechanismContinue Reading

Minutes of FOMC, September 16-17, 2015

Staff Review of the Financial Situation – “Although U.S. economic data releases generally met market expectations, domestic financial conditions tightened modestly as concerns about prospects for global economic growth, centered on China, prompted an increase in financial market volatility and a deterioration in risk sentiment during the intermeeting period. Stock market indexes in most advancedContinue Reading

Changes in the Arctic: Background and Issues for Congress

CRS – Changes in the Arctic: Background and Issues for Congress. Ronald O’Rourke, Coordinator Specialist in Naval Affairs, October 2, 2015. “The diminishment of Arctic sea ice has led to increased human activities in the Arctic, and has  heightened interest in, and concerns about, the region’s future. The United States, by virtue of Alaska, is an Arctic country and hasContinue Reading

Short Term Energy and Winter Fuels Outlook

“EIA projects average U.S. household expenditures for natural gas, heating oil, and propane during the upcoming winter heating season (October 1 through March 31) will be 10%, 25%, and 18% lower, respectively, than last winter, because of lower fuel prices and lower heating demand. Forecast lower heating demand and relatively unchanged prices contribute to electricityContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Diplomatic Security, Maritime Cybersecurity, Space Situational Awareness, USAID

Diplomatic Security: Options for Locating a Consolidated Training Facility, GAO-16-139T: Published: Oct 8, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 8, 2015. Maritime Critical Infrastructure Protection: DHS Needs to Enhance Efforts to Address Port Cybersecurity, GAO-16-116T: Published: Oct 8, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 8, 2015. Space Situational Awareness: Status of Efforts and Planned Budgets, GAO-16-6R: Published: Oct 8, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 8, 2015.Continue Reading

Disconnected Youth: A Look at 16 to 24 Year Olds Who Are Not Working or In School

CRS – Disconnected Youth: A Look at 16 to 24 Year Olds Who Are Not Working or In School. Adrienne L. Fernandes-Alcantara, Specialist in Social Policy. October 1, 2015. “This Congressional Research Service (CRS) analysis expands the existing research on disconnected youth. The analysis uses Current Population Survey (CPS) data to construct a definition ofContinue Reading

CRS – How Treasury Issues Debt

How Treasury Issues Debt – Grant A. Driessen, Analyst in Public Finance. October 1, 2015. “The U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury), among other roles, manages the country’s debt. The primary objective of Treasury’s debt management strategy is to finance the government’s borrowing needs at the lowest cost over time. To accomplish this Treasury adheresContinue Reading