“Why Aren’t Companies Hiring?” Part II

The economic weakness that accelerated in the latter months of 2008 and into 2009 played out in a very “tricky” fashion. Very few mainstream economists foresaw what would happen.  A testament to the complexity of the situation as 2008 progressed was the business shows airing arguments during the summer as to whether the economy was even in … Read more“Why Aren’t Companies Hiring?” Part II

“Why Aren’t Companies Hiring?” Part I

“As unemployment approaches 10%, what is less well publicized is that the number of “underutilized” workers in the U.S. has increased dramatically from 15 to 30 million. Those without jobs, as well as those individuals who only work part-time and have become discouraged and stopped looking, total 30 MILLION people. The number is staggering.” -Bill … Read more“Why Aren’t Companies Hiring?” Part I

“Focusing On Things We Can Control”

Recently I have seen a phrase mentioned by a couple of different Fortune 500 firms during conference calls.  While discussing their financial results, they have mentioned that they are “focusing on things that they can control.” When I first heard this phrase it struck me as odd.  I inferred from the phrase that they were trying to convey diligence with … Read more“Focusing On Things We Can Control”

Some Corporate Views On The Economy

Here are some recent articles in which corporations opine about the economy.  In general, in these articles it is seen that these corporations agree with the current economist consensus that “the worst is over”: U.S. Economy: Manufacturing Shrank Least Since August (Update1) http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=a_.lKyRsGFJg “Car Makers See End to Sales Slide” http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124646313562280557.html “FedEx Sees Signs of a Turnaround” … Read moreSome Corporate Views On The Economy

The Importance of Scenario Planning to Businesses

The Wall Street Journal ran a story yesterday titled, “Pendulum is Swinging Back on ‘Scenario Planning.’”  Perhaps most interesting is the history of scenario planning.  Here is the link: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124683295589397615.html As I have written about previously on this blog: https://www.economicgreenfield.com/2009/06/18/businesses-and-economic-stress/ those who own or manage a business will likely continue to find themselves in a … Read moreThe Importance of Scenario Planning to Businesses

Businesses and Economic Stress

My analyses indicate that, unfortunately, businesses will continue to face very challenging conditions. Many already find themselves in rather perilous circumstances, as witnessed by the number and breadth (across industries) of companies experiencing double-digit revenue declines, not to mention innumerable other statistics. On a couple of occasions I have written about the conditions that businesses face during … Read moreBusinesses and Economic Stress

“Opportunity of a Lifetime”?

One phrase that I have heard mentioned a few times is that the economic and market declines of 2008-early2009 created a “Opportunity of a Lifetime” to buy stocks, businesses, and other assets. I am not sure what reasoning is used to justify the “Opportunity of a Lifetime” phrase (and no reasoning has been provided).  It would … Read more“Opportunity of a Lifetime”?