Diane Swonk is chief economist at Mesirow Financial, and an advisor to the Federal Reserve Board and its regional banks. She grew up in the Detroit area, and pre-economist jobs included: maid, fast food cashier, and hostess/waitress for a Mr Steak. She is an avid runner, and mother of two teenagers. Her first book was titled "The Passionate Economist." In her words:

I am dyslexic, which means that I don't know my left from my right. I also don't think linear, my brain works more in reaction functions. It makes me strategic and perfectly suited to be an economist, which requires multi-dimensional thought. I am at good at seeing where we are going, and thinking outside of the box, but very bad at giving driving directions.

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Features by Diane Swonk

Discount stores lead retail sales lift

Retail sales were up 0.6 percent in last month. Cars and discount stores did well in May, while department stores dragged.
Posted In: retail sales, Retail

Fed dread unsettles markets

Uncertainty over the Federal Reserve's next move is throwing investors for a loop and unsettling markets. Diane Swonk, chief economist at Mesirow Financial, explains what the 'Fed Dread' is all about.
Posted In: Federal Reserve, stock, Jobs, jobs report

Are falling prices of gold and oil good or bad?

Diane Swonk, chief economist with Mesirow Financial, explains why commodity prices are falling and how the U.S. economy could benefit.
Posted In: Oil, gold, commodities

Gold prices sink as inflation stays at bay

Diane Swonk, chief economist with Mesirow Financial, joins Marketplace Morning Report host Jeremy Hobson to discuss the drop off in gold prices and whether there is such a thing as a safe haven anymore.
Posted In: gold, bitcoin, commodities, currency

Cyprus tries to contain itself, U.S. economy expands

Diane Swonk, chief economist with Mesirow Financial, joins Marketplace Morning Report host Jeremy Hobson to discuss whether the crisis in Cyprus will spread and how the U.S. economy is faring.
Posted In: cyprus, bailout, GDP

Global markets watch and wait for Cyprus

Diane Swonk, chief economist with Mesirow Financial, discusses how the situation in Cyprus could affect the global economy.
Posted In: cyprus, bailout, Europe debt crisis

Though February prices rise, inflation worries don't

The producer price index -- prices received by U.S. companies -- rose 0.7 percent last month, its largest uptick in five months. Diane Swonk, chief economist with Mesirow Financial, explains what's behind the rise and whether the U.S. should be worried about inflation.
Posted In: inflation, gas prices

GDP grows at weakest pace in 2 years

The government has revised its latest GDP figures, saying the economy grew at a rate of 0.1 percent during the last three months of 2012. The increase was the weakest GDP performance in two years.
Posted In: GDP, sequester, Housing

U.S. economy is reaching a crossroads

The latest revision of third quarter GDP finds the U.S. economy growing even faster than we'd thought this summer -- 3.1 percent.
Posted In: GDP

Superstorm Sandy's impact on jobs

Fewer Americans filed for jobless benefits last week. Claims fell for the third straight week. What role did superstorm Sandy play in the fall in unemployment claims?
Posted In: Jobs, unemployment benefits

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