SEC accounting rule change draws fire

NEW YORK, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- The Securities and Exchange Commission's new, relaxed accounting rules could give U.S. businesses too much leeway in assessing their assets, critics said.

Inflation fears might hasten Fed's hand

WASHINGTON, March 14 (UPI) -- There's nothing the Federal Reserve dislikes more than volatility in the marketplace.
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Analysis: Bonds may pay for Bush plans

WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Not so long ago, one of the biggest concerns for economic policymakers was what to do with the seemingly growing budget surplus.
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Analysis: Job market not as strong as hoped

WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Disappointingly few jobs were created in November, but the Bush administration remained upbeat about the U.S. labor market. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported early Friday that only 112,000 jobs were created last month, far below the Wall Street c
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Bush confidence surges on jobs gains

WASHINGTON, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- For President Bush, the euphoria continues.
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Whoever wins, Wall Street wants certainty

WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Few things rattle Wall Street more than uncertainties, so a decisive presidential election result by Wednesday morning, regardless of who wins, would make inves
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U.S. GDP holds up, but worries linger

WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Economic growth in the third quarter wasn't as robust as it earlier in the year, but that hasn't stopped the Bush administration from arguing that the U.S. econ
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Jobs data further political divide

WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- With only three weeks to go until the presidential elections, both Democrats and Republicans are turbo-charging their efforts to promote their own candidate on
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Fed raises rates but downplays oil fears

WASHINGTON, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- The Federal Reserve's decision to raise interest rates once again Tuesday took few by surprise. But the question now is whether the Fed will continue tightening
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More economic worries for Bush looming

WASHINGTON, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- As election day draws ever closer, the pressure is on the Bush administration to prove that the U.S. economy has indeed improved under its watch over the past t
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Investors upbeat despite terror threats

WASHINGTON, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- The nation is on heightened terrorism alert, while the conflict in Iraq continues to show no signs of calming down. Oil prices, meanwhile, remain significantly
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Rate hike prospects bolster dollar

WASHINGTON, May 11 (UPI) -- Share prices across the globe may be falling as expectations of an interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve increase, but there's also a clear winner from the
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Grin or grimace on the economic outlook?

WASHINGTON, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Stocks are revving up once again amid a cloud of renewed optimism about financial markets, much to Wall Street's delight. Meanwhile, senior government officials
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Fed at the crossroads?

WASHINGTON, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Stocks are gaining ground, business spending is on the rise, and both suggest that the U.S. economy could well be on an upward climb to steady recovery as the n
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U.S. manufacturing index hits 20-year high

WASHINGTON, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- The manufacturing sector is hotter than ever, and its latest surge could indicate a robust recovery for the U.S. economy in 2004, according to the Institute for
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Brian Wesbury
President and CEO of Forbes, Inc. and editor-in-chief of Forbes Magazine, Steve Forbes (R), discusses his viewpoint of current market trends during Marketcast 2004 in St. Louis on October 17, 2003. Joing Forbes in a question and answer session is (L to R) Brian Wesbury, first vice-president and chief economist at Griffin, Kubik, Stephens and Thompson, Inv; Alan Skrainka, chief market strategist at Edward Jones; Irving R. Levine, commentator, PBS-TV "Nightly Business Report;" and Marci Rossell, economist. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Brian S. Wesbury (born, 1958) is a prominent American economist and economic forecaster.

He holds an M.B.A. from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management, and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Montana. He began his career in 1982 at the Harris Bank in Chicago. He served as Vice President and Economist for the Chicago Corporation and then as Senior Vice President and Chief Economist for Griffin, Kubik, Stephens, & Thompson, a Chicago Investment Bank. He is now the Chief Economist at First Trust Advisors L.P, a financial services firm headquartered in Wheaton, Illinois.

He was honored in 2004 by USA Today as one of the top 10 economic forecasters in the United States, and ranked by The Wall Street Journal as the nation's #1 U.S. economic forecaster in 2001. He is a monthly contributor for The American Spectator magazine, and serves as the magazine's economics editor. He is published regularly in the The Wall Street Journal, and is a CNBC contributor. McGraw-Hill published his first book, "The New Era of Wealth", in October 1999.

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