Wonkblog: Is America a Good Investment?

Wonkblog: Is America a Good Investment?

October 28, 2013 | New York City Investors have a world of options to choose from so how does the United States stack up? Does it make sense to bet on America in an era of messy politics, government shutdowns and debt ceiling shenanigans? In a lively conversation with cutting-edge thinkers led by Ezra Klein, we look at the forces from Washington that are determining America’s economic future and ask what America is getting right, and wrong, in positioning its 21st century economy.

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Is the United States a good investment?

Investors have a world of options to choose from. So how does the United States stack up? Does it make sense to bet on America?

 

'The United States isn't crazy expensive'

'The United States isn't crazy expensive'

How much does the political system matter for the future of the American economy? "For the most part, you should ignore what happens in D.C. if you're an investor," says Barry Ritholtz, chief investment officer for Ritholtz Wealth Management. The exception, he says, is when Washington either does something spectacularly well or spectacularly poorly.
'When you make something more expensive, you get less of it'

'When you make something more expensive, you get less of it'

Diana Furchtgott-Roth, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, tells Wonkblog's Ezra Klein that the United States has made hiring more expensive.
Income inequality a global issue says Ruchir Sharma

Income inequality a global issue says Ruchir Sharma

Ruchir Sharma is the head of emerging markets for Morgan Stanley Investment Management and the author of "Breakout Nations: In Pursuit of the Next Economic Miracles." He told Wonkblog one-third of American companies' earnings come from overseas, showing competitiveness. The disconnect, he said, is with weak U.S. job growth.
Wonkblog New York sponsor opening remarks

Wonkblog New York sponsor opening remarks

Art Steinmetz is the president and chief investment officer for OppenheimerFunds -- the sponsor of Washington Post Live's Wonkblog New York event, "Is America a Good Investment?"
'Frictional unemployment'

'Frictional unemployment'

Ruchir Sharma is the head of emerging markets for Morgan Stanley Investment Management and the author of "Breakout Nations: In Pursuit of the Next Economic Miracles." He touches on jobs growth and tells Wonkblog's Ezra Klein "What America is going through is not that different from what other post-crises economies are going through."
The nuances of painting an American economic picture

The nuances of painting an American economic picture

Barry Ritholtz, chief investment officer for Ritholtz Wealth Management, tells Wonkblog's Ezra Klein "We've set up an economy that demands very highly-educated, sophisticated laborers." He adds that until those who are less-educated recognize that dynamic or the country does something to change the status quo, the demand is likely to continue or widen.
The U.S., 'the best house in the worst neighborhood'

The U.S., 'the best house in the worst neighborhood'

Diana Furchtgott-Roth, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, told Wonkblog's Ezra Klein that investors note the U.S. has economic problems but other countries are in worse states.

Speakers

Diana Furchtgott-Roth

Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research

Ruchir Sharma

Head of Emerging Markets, Morgan Stanley Investment Management

Barry Ritholtz

Chief Investment Officer, Ritholtz Wealth Management