GDP Growth

GDP growth is a measure of all the goods and services produced within a country (gross domestic product) and its level of growth from the previous time period. GDP growth is usually calculated and stated in real terms, which means that it is adjusted for inflation. This number for GDP growth gives an accurate picture of the true strength of an economy. The goal for policy makers and politicians is to create an environment for GDP growth to reach maximum potential without increasing inflation.


It started with the taxi driver. On the way to our hotel in Paris from Charles de Gaulle airport, he said, “Tourism never recovered after America blew up in 2008.” He was talking about the credit crisis and housing bust…

After Wall Street’s spectacular meltdown last week, Nobel laureate Robert Shiller is ready to forecast a full-blown stock market crash. Although second-quarter gross domestic product (GDP) growth was revised up from 2.3% to 3.3%, equities are chronically overvalued and need…

The United States’ gross domestic product (GDP) contracted less than expected in the first quarter of 2015; uplifted by stronger household spending, inventories, and residential fixed investment. On Wednesday June 24th, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released its third…

On Friday, May 29, the Bureau of Economic Analysis released the second estimate for first-quarter gross domestic product (GDP) of 2015. (Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis, May 29, 2015.) According to the report, U.S. GDP declined at an annual rate…

For most of 2015, I have been writing about how the U.S. economy is growing at a very slow pace, if it’s growing at all. The just-released U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) numbers for the first quarter of 2015 confirm…

When Germany recently announced some underachieving economic numbers, it was a red flag for the eurozone and Europe. When the stronger of the two pillars in the eurozone (France being the other pillar) begins to show some fragility, you have…

A few years ago, investors couldn’t get enough of Chinese stocks. This led to numerous frauds committed by crooks in China that has since tarnished the reputation and reliability of all Chinese companies, whether they’re legitimate or not, despite their…

Five years ago, it looked like the world was falling apart. Remember when Lehman Brothers went bankrupt, freezing financing on Wall Street? The government had to bail out General Motors and the Federal Reserve pumped money into too-big-to-fail banks. Investors…

China is facing some growth issues, but so are the majority of the countries in the Western Hemisphere. The country’s new government leader, President Xi Jinping, came on board in March 2013 and is planning to change the landscape of…

I keep hearing about the economy improving, but I keep asking, where? I ask because the facts continue to say otherwise. The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis reports gross domestic product (GDP) came in at just 0.1% in the first…

Consumer spending in the U.S. economy is highly correlated to consumer confidence. If consumers are worried about the economy, they pull back on their spending. The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index decreased by 1.63% in February from January. (Source: Conference…