Barrons picks up “Economic Data May Be Juiced, Too”



Barron’s ran with Tuesday’s No Goldilocks Economy in the weekend print edition:

"RAFAEL PALMEIRO ROCKED the baseball world after testing positive for steroid use. Now we see with no small degree of skepticism, a stream of improving macro-economic data. Color us unconvinced.

Many of the key releases have been fraught with
misleading headlines, obscuring much weaker data beneath, and last
month was no different.

From inflation to the federal deficit, to
unemployment rates, to industrial output, to recent gross domestic
product (and its revisions) — nearly every data point comes with an

When we look back at this period of economic home
runs, we will recall it as the season of steroids. Like major leaguers,
the data is on the juice."

The first line is their’s (wish I could take credit for it).


Economic Data May Be Juiced, Too

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  1. Infinite Stitch commented on Aug 9

    Lying About the Economy

    Fascinating. Want to see a recent example from the Wall Street Journal on how statistics lie? The Big Picture explains this very well and also helps to explain the poor economic recovery. (World2Come) We have many flavors of lying and

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