Robert Genetski

Robert Genetski

Robert Genetski is an economist who blogs at Follow him on Twitter @econbobg


How does 'tapering' affect markets?

December 17, 2013
The Federal Reserve has a communication problem. Read More

Will Detroit's bankruptcy end irresponsible lending?

September 17, 2013
Detroit’s bankruptcy will ultimately have a positive impact on cities across West Michigan and the U.S. Read More

Why is the Fed buying $85B a month in securities?

August 7, 2013
Financial markets respond to each Fed statement related to its strategy of buying $85 billion a month in securities. Read More

What will increase spending?

July 22, 2013
By creating almost $2 trillion in bank reserves, the Fed has created the potential for a massive increase in spending. Read More

Where's the productivity?

May 15, 2013
In spite of headlines pointing to emerging signs of recovery, the economy continues to perform poorly. Jobs and hours worked are a poor guide to the economy’s health. More important is productivity, which determines living standards. Read More

Where are the world's financial leaders?

March 21, 2013
What’s happening in Cyprus says more about the world’s financial leaders than it does about the economic significance of Cyprus. And what it says is not encouraging. Read More

What's the economic state of the Union?

February 13, 2013
The Union cannot be strong when the economy is weak. Our economic weakness is readily apparent. It’s apparent to those who have jobs and watch as the value of both their wages and assets decline. It’s apparent to the unemployed who struggle to find work. Read More

Why is the fiscal-cliff agreement good news?

January 3, 2013
There are several reasons why the fiscal-cliff agreement represents a positive policy development. Read More

Congress stumbles over the fiscal cliff

November 27, 2012
"Everybody is talking about the fiscal cliff. And I'd be talking about the fiscal cliff, too – if I knew what the hell it was." –David Letterman. Read More

America's 18th-place rank for 'economic freedom' stifles prosperity

October 23, 2012
Since its founding, the United States has been considered the world’s premier nation for economic freedom. This is no longer the case. The Fraser Institute’s latest ranking shows the U.S. recently dropped to 18th in terms of economic freedom. The U.S. was among the top four countries experiencing the greatest declines since 2000. We now trail three Middle Eastern nations -- Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and Qatar -- and have fallen to the mid range of countries considered “mostly free.” Read More