Heading into the Christmas shopping season, manufacturing and transportation numbers should be much better than they are.
Last week, following years of losses as the global economy has slowed, South Korean shipping giant Hanjin declared bankruptcy. More bankruptcies are likely on the horizon.
OPEC was producing crude oil at top rates to force the U.S. oil shale industry to back off. But oil prices have dropped, and Saudis are now in a financial bind.
California’s pension plans are reporting dismal results, and the fund is now about $100 billion short of meeting its future obligations.
There is a positive in all of the underfinanced public retirement plans: Massive implosions of pension plans will force beneficiaries to become more self-reliant and less dependent upon governments' and politicians' promises.
The Obama administration has loudly touted reports that the U.S. economy has generated 14.1 million new jobs over the past 70 months and now sits at a 5.0 percent unemployment rate, but that's a highly manipulated statistic.
Because of the existence of federal subsidies, farmers are overproducing peanuts, putting taxpayers on the hook for $2 billion.
Walmart's stock selloff has nothing to do with a perceived declining U.S. economy, but everything to do with serving customers.