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Mar 05, 2014

The Economic Impact of the Situation in Ukraine

While the situation in Ukraine remains a political issue, it is unlikely to develop into an economic one, both globally and for the US specifically....More
Feb 28, 2014

Camp's Tax Reform Plan

Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Dave Camp’s plan should serve as a realistic beginning to a long and necessary process of tax reform....More
Feb 26, 2014

A Tough January in the Housing Industry

January proved to be a tough month in the housing industry as new construction and existing home sales saw decline, an early indication that the....More
Feb 20, 2014

Report on the Minimum Wage Increase

The recent CBO report on the minimum wage increase is consistent with what Alan Beaulieu has been saying all along: most public policies help some....More
Feb 18, 2014

Troubles on the Job Horizon

An observed slowing in profit growth can be expected to pinch job growth through time. While not spelling doom for the economy, readers would do....More
Feb 14, 2014

Don't Be Misled by Headlines

Differing sets of data out of the Commerce Department can fuel misleading headlines. However, the US consumer continues to push the economy onward....More
Feb 11, 2014

Economy Larger Factor than Weather

Despite a firm belief that weather more greatly affects industries such as pool covers, yard tools, air conditioners and similar series, analysis of....More
Feb 04, 2014


Fourth-quarter 2013 GDP was released by the government recently, and the data looks good, but there are still areas to watch for in 2014....More
Jan 23, 2014


Stick with solid economic indicators not market exuberance....More
Jan 21, 2014

The Declining Unemployment Rate

Unemployment numbers can be insightful but distracting economic indicators....More
Jan 15, 2014

December Retail Sales - Ho Ho Hum

The December Retail Sales numbers are in and they are not terrible, but neither are they terribly encouraging....More
Jan 10, 2014

Is There Really a Growing Income Disparity?

More households have moved into the middle-class and more people have joined the highest income group....More
Jan 07, 2014

Starting the Year

While there are areas of concern, our economic outlook for the US and the world is positive overall....More
Dec 12, 2013

A Promising Budget Deal from Washington

The Ryan-Murray budget doesn’t please everyone, but it does hold promise....More
Dec 11, 2013

Doctors Say "No" in California

Lower reimbursements in California have led to fewer physicians servicing the healthcare exchanges....More

Brian Beaulieu

Brian Beaulieu has been an economist with ITR Economics since 1982 and its CEO since 1987. He is also Chief Economist for Vistage International and TEC, global organizations comprised of over 13,000...

Alan Beaulieu

One of the country’s most informed economists, Alan Beaulieu is a principal of the ITR Economics where he serves as President. ITR predicts future economic trends with 94.7% accuracy rate and...
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