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Tuesday, September 27, 2005 11:09 AM
How Do You Feel?
Kevin Salwen on In the News

Two reports released today offer little encouragement about the economy. In August, sales of new homes fell by the largest amount in nine months, according to a new Commerce Department survey. And September consumer confidence plunged by 19 points -- its biggest drop in 15 years, according to the Conference Board.

Yet, I look around my neighborhood and I see new pools going in and renovations continuing at a brisk pace. I look around Atlanta and in my travels and I see no shortage of cranes and other commercial construction. My friends seem to be hiring (office managers, in particular). Given these signs and others, I'd been optimistic about our economy, even with the significant rise in fuel prices and the disruptions from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

What's your take on where we're headed?


mary - 9/30/2005 4:42:40 AM
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Thanks and Remain blessed in the Lord.
Mrs Mary Clement

Robert - 9/29/2005 8:46:25 PM
Heard an interesting and admittedly oversimplified talk this week by an economist, who emphasized the distinction among spending and behavior by three groups: business, government and consumers. Sure, all three connect, but it's interesting to dissect and isolate them from each other. Business, for all its diversity and challenges, does seem to be righting itself (compared to the Internet bubble era) from a profit perspective, which is to say that the new office construction and hiring may make sense. On the other hand, spending and debt by consumers and government is way out of control, begging the question about all the pools and home renovations (and disaster relief) -- where is that money coming from? Seems like that's pure debt, which is scary....
Mike - 9/27/2005 5:28:53 PM
As the recent real estate boom has fueled the economy for the last 2 or 3 years, I am concerned that when this slows, as will the economy. There is risk, albeit slight of a recession in 2006. I think the fed will lower rates sometime in the 2nd or 3rd quarter. Overall, I am enthusiastic about the long term economy, in the short term, I remain cautious.
Janet Auty-Carlisle - 9/27/2005 2:16:13 PM
I think we're headed wherever we choose to be headed. If you start to believe that things are going to get really bad they probably will. If you start to believe that things will get bad and then get better they probably will. This is not the first time the economy has made a down turn, this is not the first time people have lost jobs and this is not the first time people have suffered through a natural disaster. Depends on your perspective and whether or not you buy into the fear mongering media coverage. 'lemons to lemonade...' that's my motto!
Living la vida fearless,
Dee - 9/27/2005 11:50:59 AM
I have to wonder what the Katrina disaster is doing to the economy down there. Couple that with layoffs from a few big companies lately (Newell Rubbermaid, which cut 5k jobs being one in my backyard), I can't say I'm optimistic.


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