Latest from Matt O'Brien

The downturn — and the politics it engendered — could have been far less severe.

  • Sep 20, 2018

There’s a simple reason why the Republican president's tax cuts haven’t inspired companies to move that much money to the United States: The money was already here.

  • Sep 19, 2018

During the 1930s, “only” a third of U.S. banks failed, while in 2008, former Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke has said,12 of the country’s 13 largest financial institutions were on the verge of going under.

  • Sep 15, 2018

The simple story is that the labor market recovery hasn’t sped up under Trump. At the same time, though, it hasn’t slowed down, either.

  • Sep 12, 2018

For a long time, this has been the recovery's Achilles’ heel: We've added a lot more paychecks, but they haven't been much bigger ones.

  • Sep 7, 2018

  • Aug 10, 2018

If bitcoin is the future, then progress is in the past.

  • Aug 10, 2018

The crisis isn't here. But it's coming — fast.

  • Aug 8, 2018

For the last eight years, there hasn’t been a safer bet than that job growth will be good but wage growth won’t.

  • Aug 3, 2018

Employers appear to be doing whatever they can, whether it's forcing noncompete agreements onto workers or entering non-poaching agreements themselves, to try to maintain their bargaining power in the face of lower unemployment.

  • Jul 18, 2018
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