Category Archives: The Economy

Another Top-10 List — States with Greatest Proven Oil Reserves

Since 2008, known U.S. oil reserves have grown 60 percent to 30.5 billion barrels. That’s impressive. In addition, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) now estimates that the country likely has another 198 billion barrels of recoverable oil using technology available today. No doubt this will continue to increase. At the current estimated consumption of 19 …Read more

Where It’s Hot and Where It’s Not — State Job Growth Markets Mid-Year 2015 Update

This is the state employment sequel to the Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) and Divisions Sustainable Job Growth Index – which you can view at http://blog.stewart.com/stewart/2015/08/03/where-its-hot-and-where-its-not-metro-job-growth-markets-mid-year-2015-update/. The methodology for states and MSAs is the same. Idaho and Washington have the best sustainable job growth in the country from a short to longer-term perspective. At least under …Read more

Is Gold a Good Indicator of Future Interest Rates?

Just turn on the radio to a talk station and within a short period of time you will likely hear why you need to add gold to your investment portfolio. The representation is that gold is a great investment, a hedge against inflation and will protect you from a declining value of the U.S. dollar …Read more