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Good years for cicadas have been good years for stocks

May 23, 2013
According to Marketwatch, cicadas may serve as decent market forecasters.
Posted In: cicadas, alternative indicators

Tracking the economy and GDP through trash

Aug 16, 2012
How does our garbage relate to our GDP? Economist Michael McDonough has worked out the GDP-to-trash economic indicator.
Posted In: GDP, economic indicator, alternative indicators, trash

Who You Gonna Call? Growthbusters!

Nov 10, 2011
How many times have you heard that the only way we can simultaneously reduce unemployment and pay down debt is to "grow our way out"? One gets th...
Posted In: alternative indicators, Dave Gardener, david brancaccio, economy 4.0, Growthbusters, new numbers

The Appalachian Trail Index

Oct 13, 2011
On Tuesday, David checked in on some unconventional economic indicators from early in the recession, and while researching, another unusual indic...
Posted In: alternative indicators, Appalachian Trail, david brancaccio, economy 4.0, new numbers

"The Department of Happiness"

Oct 10, 2011
The LA Times recently blogged about the possibility of a Department of Happiness: Someday in the not-too-distant future, the U.S. departments...
Posted In: alternative indicators, david brancaccio, economics of happiness, economy 4.0, nef, new numbers, well-being