12 Questions About the Economy

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The following are my answers to a number of questions posed in a “Market Views” forum a few weeks ago. While we have had fresh data recently, the answers to the questions have not changed.

1. The Duke-CFO Survey was just released. What stood out? What about the excess cash that corporations are holding? What is the employment outlook over the next year?

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2. Why is so much attention focused on housing?

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3. Can you comment on the proposed Basel III capital reserve criteria? What is the optimal level of reserves?

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4. What is your opinion on the one-year write down of capital expenditures being proposed by the administration?

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5. Do Keynesian stimuli work?

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6. Does the Fed have more tools to stimulate the economy and should they use them?

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7. Can you comment on the Bank of Japan intervention to weaken the Yen and its implications?

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8. When will people regain faith in the stock market?

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9. How should investors utilize the VIX to measure risk and opportunities in the market?

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10. What are your thoughts about restructuring residential mortgages?

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11. Comments on the state of the commercial real estate market.

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12. How worried should we be about the U.S. sovereign debt level?

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