Those of you who over the many years have followed some of the thoughts and observations I jot down each morning may have noticed several themes. Prominent among them is that forecasting is folly; cognitive errors create investing mistakes; consider context when analyzing data; recency bias overemphasizes the latest data; mixing politics with investing is a costly mistake.
Which brings us to an article in the National Review that managed to combine many if not all of these themes: “2014’s Jobs Boom Wasn’t Even Much of a Boom. Does This Jobs Report Mean It’s Already Over?“
As I noted back in 2011, “When you are in the polling booth, vote however you like; but when you are reviewing your investing options, it is best to do so with a cold, dispassionate eye.”
The same is true for analyzing economic data. Those of you who zestfully pursue politics will dislike this analysis, for it points out the many errors of your ways. You are not my intended audience; rather, the people who are actual investors will find this useful (and perhaps it will save them some money).
Let’s have a look review some of these analytical errors.
Continues here: Political Bias Corrupts Economic Analysis