Jeff Thredgold http://www.deseretnews.com/home/ Jeff Thredgold en-us Copyright 2014, Deseret News Publishing Company Fri, 26 Dec 2014 00:00:01 MST Fri, 26 Dec 2014 23:45:57 MST Newspapers http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Preserving legacy: Renowned economist, speaker battles disease http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865565327/Preserving-legacy-Renowned-economist-speaker-battles-disease.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865565327/Preserving-legacy-Renowned-economist-speaker-battles-disease.html Jeff Thredgold, noted economist and public speaker, is battling a devastating degenerative brain disease. His family is... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 00:06:20 MDT Tea Leaf: English language is mandatory for many global firms http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865554698/English-language-is-mandatory-for-many-global-firms.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865554698/English-language-is-mandatory-for-many-global-firms.html Welcome to the global community in 2012. English has increasingly become the international language of business. Within more... Thu, 26 Apr 2012 00:00:00 MDT Tea Leaf: It's okay to be excited about the economy http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865553073/Its-okay-to-be-excited-about-the-economy.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865553073/Its-okay-to-be-excited-about-the-economy.html The “dismal science” of economics typically focuses on “bad” news. We clearly face many significant... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 18:20:46 MDT Tea Leaf: Wouldn't it be nice if … http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865552602/Wouldnt-it-be-nice-if-.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865552602/Wouldnt-it-be-nice-if-.html Those seeking the presidency would discuss critical issues facing the American people instead of so many side issues.... Wed, 21 Mar 2012 15:16:11 MDT Tea Leaf: Springtime view of the economy http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865552141/Springtime-view-of-the-economy.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865552141/Springtime-view-of-the-economy.html The “good” news? The U.S. economy has now been in growth mode for 33 months … ever since the Great... Wed, 14 Mar 2012 10:05:05 MDT Jobs up; small business index down in February http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865552074/Jobs-up-small-business-index-down-in-February.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865552074/Jobs-up-small-business-index-down-in-February.html The Zions Bank Small Business Index for Utah was 112.8 in February 2012, down from a revised 115.9 in January 2012. Despite... Tue, 13 Mar 2012 12:52:52 MDT Tea Leaf: The Economic 'Doomsayers' http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865551693/The-Economic-Doomsayers.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865551693/The-Economic-Doomsayers.html I do not think much of those economic forecasters whose only message is, and nearly always has been, that U.S. economic and... Wed, 07 Mar 2012 10:09:46 MST Tea Leaf: Renaissance manufacturing (part two) http://www.deseretnews.com/article/765553224/Renaissance-manufacturing-part-two.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/765553224/Renaissance-manufacturing-part-two.html Last week's column talked about the rebound in U.S. manufacturing that is both under way and likely to continue. The American... Wed, 22 Feb 2012 18:54:13 MST Tea Leaf: Renaissance manufacturing (part one) http://www.deseretnews.com/article/765551210/Renaissance-manufacturing-part-one.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/765551210/Renaissance-manufacturing-part-one.html Ahhhh, the "common wisdom" in America — so easy to pass on to associates, to family and to friends Wed, 15 Feb 2012 22:08:17 MST Small business index up slightly http://www.deseretnews.com/article/705399073/Small-business-index-up-slightly.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/705399073/Small-business-index-up-slightly.html The Zions Bank Small Business Index for Utah was 115.8 in January 2012, up from a revised 111.2 in December 2011. Thu, 09 Feb 2012 17:15:56 MST Tea Leaf: World economy deeply into the 'danger zone' http://www.deseretnews.com/article/705398060/World-economy-deeply-into-the-danger-zone.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/705398060/World-economy-deeply-into-the-danger-zone.html The world’s economy is “deeply into the danger zone” because of risks from the eurozone, the International... Thu, 26 Jan 2012 20:22:33 MST Tea Leaf: The ABCs of the global economy http://www.deseretnews.com/article/705397573/The-ABCs-of-the-global-economy.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/705397573/The-ABCs-of-the-global-economy.html The concept of “decoupling” has drawn a lot of attention in recent months as the American economy has... Wed, 18 Jan 2012 13:59:56 MST Tea Leaf: That mobility thing / An India economic outlook http://www.deseretnews.com/article/705396798/That-mobility-thing--An-India-economic-outlook.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/705396798/That-mobility-thing--An-India-economic-outlook.html One of the common developments in “the olden’ days” of five years ago and earlier was the concept that... Wed, 04 Jan 2012 22:30:43 MST Tea Leaf: The movie piece: an economic update http://www.deseretnews.com/article/705396464/The-movie-piece-an-economic-update.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/705396464/The-movie-piece-an-economic-update.html This week’s Tea Leaf is my semi-annual economic, financial and political update … using today’s current... Wed, 28 Dec 2011 13:00:00 MST Tea Leaf: Economy can be looked at better or worse http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700208648/Economy-can-be-looked-at-better-or-worse.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700208648/Economy-can-be-looked-at-better-or-worse.html It's nice for a change to be able to talk about an American economy that is, for the moment, getting stronger. Wed, 21 Dec 2011 23:48:45 MST Tea Leaf: The ABCs of the U.S. economy http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700206668/The-ABCs-of-the-US-economy.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700206668/The-ABCs-of-the-US-economy.html This week's Tea Leaf is our semi-annual alphabetic view of the U.S. economy. Global ABCs will soon follow … Tue, 13 Dec 2011 13:24:44 MST Tea Leaf: Economic outlook for '12 http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700202453/Economic-outlook-for-12.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700202453/Economic-outlook-for-12.html The U.S. economy Tue, 29 Nov 2011 14:25:14 MST Ag task force comes up with wish list for Utah farms http://www.deseretnews.com/article/705394504/Ag-task-force-comes-up-with-wish-list-for-Utah-farms.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/705394504/Ag-task-force-comes-up-with-wish-list-for-Utah-farms.html Thu, 17 Nov 2011 13:36:17 MST Tea Leaf: Jobs outlook is a mixed bag — gaining, but weakly http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700195889/Jobs-outlook-is-a-mixed-bag-2-gaining-but-weakly.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700195889/Jobs-outlook-is-a-mixed-bag-2-gaining-but-weakly.html The October employment report was kinda' like kissin' your sister … a little tingle here and there, but not all that... Tue, 08 Nov 2011 14:52:48 MST Tea Leaf: U.S. economic growth better, but still lags http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700193671/US-economic-growth-better-but-still-lags.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700193671/US-economic-growth-better-but-still-lags.html U.S. economic growth improved during 2011's July-September quarter, especially when compared to the absolutely anemic... Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:56:08 MDT Tea Leaf: More jobs, less recession risk http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700187393/More-jobs-less-recession-risk.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700187393/More-jobs-less-recession-risk.html Wed, 12 Oct 2011 13:50:54 MDT Tea Leaf: Time to focus on some economic 'happy talk' http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700185285/Time-to-focus-on-some-economic-happy-talk.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700185285/Time-to-focus-on-some-economic-happy-talk.html Wed, 05 Oct 2011 12:54:32 MDT Tea Leaf: The Fed continues to try to jump-start economy http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700182884/The-Fed-continues-to-try-to-jump-start-economy.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700182884/The-Fed-continues-to-try-to-jump-start-economy.html The Federal Reserve in recent days announced its latest effort to boost the lagging U.S. economy. Whether this latest move... Tue, 27 Sep 2011 15:26:07 MDT Tea Leaf: Wouldn't it be nice if … ? An economic wish list http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700180856/Wouldnt-it-be-nice-if-0--An-economic-wish-list.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700180856/Wouldnt-it-be-nice-if-0--An-economic-wish-list.html … the new "super committee" would actually make real progress in reducing enormous federal budget deficits. Tue, 20 Sep 2011 15:00:37 MDT Tea Leaf: Autumn view of the global economy http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700178882/Autumn-view-of-the-global-economy.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700178882/Autumn-view-of-the-global-economy.html Tue, 13 Sep 2011 16:28:00 MDT Tea Leaf: No confidence vote: U.S. government and the economy http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700176798/No-confidence-vote-US-government-and-the-economy.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700176798/No-confidence-vote-US-government-and-the-economy.html I have not been at all shy the past year or so in demonizing the job being done by the administration and the Congress in... Tue, 06 Sep 2011 15:07:06 MDT Tea Leaf: Low interest rates are a two-sided coin http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700175021/Low-interest-rates-are-a-two-sided-coin.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700175021/Low-interest-rates-are-a-two-sided-coin.html Last week's column discussed the fact that long-term interest rates were the lowest in nearly 50 years, providing great... Tue, 30 Aug 2011 17:31:48 MDT Tea Leaf: Markets look forward to Fed Friday http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700173019/Markets-look-forward-to-Fed-Friday.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700173019/Markets-look-forward-to-Fed-Friday.html Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will deliver a critical speech Friday in Jackson Hole, Wyo., at the Federal Reserve... Tue, 23 Aug 2011 15:50:35 MDT Tea Leaf: Washington D.C. is politically bankrupt http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700171270/Washington-DC-is-politically-bankrupt.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700171270/Washington-DC-is-politically-bankrupt.html Tue, 16 Aug 2011 14:05:29 MDT Tea Leaf: The U.S. economy goes snap, crackle, pop http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700169565/The-US-economy-goes-snap-crackle-pop.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700169565/The-US-economy-goes-snap-crackle-pop.html What a week! What a month! Terms like pathetic, shocking, painful, abysmal and costly all apply. Tue, 09 Aug 2011 15:35:09 MDT Tea Leaf: With the economy, it's always something http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700168473/With-the-economy-its-always-something.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700168473/With-the-economy-its-always-something.html The "anxiety list" we have talked about in recent months has become more pronounced in recent days, with a sharp sell-off in... Thu, 04 Aug 2011 18:52:36 MDT Tea Leaf: Debt commission could provide political 'cover,' may be best road to follow http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700166075/Debt-commission-could-provide-political-cover-may-be-best-road-to-follow.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700166075/Debt-commission-could-provide-political-cover-may-be-best-road-to-follow.html How does one write a timely piece about an ever-changing topic … about one which may or may not get resolved in coming... Tue, 26 Jul 2011 12:58:25 MDT Tea Leaf: A parent's letter to my children in school http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700164295/A-parents-letter-to-my-children-in-school.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700164295/A-parents-letter-to-my-children-in-school.html Editor's note: Seventeen years ago, Jeff Thredgold published this letter as "A Father's Letter to My Children in School," and... Wed, 20 Jul 2011 22:38:55 MDT Tea Leaf: Life, above all: an economic update http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700151170/Life-above-all-an-economic-update.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700151170/Life-above-all-an-economic-update.html One of the painful realities of life as an economist and professional speaker is that the subject matter of economics is... Tue, 12 Jul 2011 13:50:05 MDT Tea Leaf: The ABCs of the global economy http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700149446/The-ABCs-of-the-global-economy.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700149446/The-ABCs-of-the-global-economy.html Austerity — The concept of a nation living within its means will spread across southern Europe as European authorities,... Tue, 05 Jul 2011 12:48:28 MDT Tea Leaf: Rambling about U.S., world economy http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700147819/Rambling-about-US-world-economy.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700147819/Rambling-about-US-world-economy.html I have noted before that if one's household earns $60,000 annually, but spends $100,000, life is good — that cool... Tue, 28 Jun 2011 15:57:12 MDT Utahns still jittery about economy, poll says http://www.deseretnews.com/article/705375329/Utahns-still-jittery-about-economy-poll-says.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/705375329/Utahns-still-jittery-about-economy-poll-says.html Tue, 28 Jun 2011 15:28:58 MDT Tea Leaf: A Greek stitch in time? http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700145916/A-Greek-stitch-in-time.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700145916/A-Greek-stitch-in-time.html The obvious question on the minds of many is, "What does the debt problem in the tiny nation of Greece have to do with the... Tue, 21 Jun 2011 15:54:52 MDT Tea Leaf: The ABCs of the U.S. economy http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700144195/The-ABCs-of-the-US-economy.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700144195/The-ABCs-of-the-US-economy.html This week's column is our semi-annual alphabetic view of the U.S. economy. Global ABCs will soon follow. Wed, 15 Jun 2011 21:58:54 MDT Tea Leaf: Summer brings economic anxiety http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700142309/Summer-brings-economic-anxiety.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700142309/Summer-brings-economic-anxiety.html Believe it or not! The current U.S. economic expansion is now completing its second year! Break out the champagne … or... Wed, 08 Jun 2011 22:37:37 MDT Tea Leaf: New York situation shows Democrat blueprint for 2012 http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700140416/New-York-situation-shows-Democrat-blueprint-for-2012.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700140416/New-York-situation-shows-Democrat-blueprint-for-2012.html The Republicans' disastrous performance last week to fill an open New York congressional seat was nirvana for Democrats. It... Tue, 31 May 2011 17:05:30 MDT Deseret News launches enhanced business news section http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700139952/Deseret-News-launches-enhanced-business-news-section.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700139952/Deseret-News-launches-enhanced-business-news-section.html SALT LAKE CITY — The Deseret News, Utah's oldest continually published daily newspaper, Tuesday launched an enhanced... Tue, 31 May 2011 07:21:43 MDT Tea Leaf: Lessons from Japan's lost decades http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700138430/Lessons-from-Japans-lost-decades.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700138430/Lessons-from-Japans-lost-decades.html Economic and financial pain within the U.S. has been all too commonplace during the past few years. The S&P 500, a weighted... Tue, 24 May 2011 17:16:42 MDT Tea Leaf: Poking fun at yourself http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700136130/Poking-fun-at-yourself.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700136130/Poking-fun-at-yourself.html While spending most of the week on the road with speaking presentations, it seemed like a good time to peek inside the vault... Tue, 17 May 2011 13:52:45 MDT Tea Leaf: U.S. job situation looks better still http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700134217/US-job-situation-looks-better-still.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700134217/US-job-situation-looks-better-still.html American employment continued to rebound in April, with the strongest private-sector rise in more than five years. While... Tue, 10 May 2011 16:47:01 MDT Tea Leaf: U.S. economic growth pauses http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700132358/US-economic-growth-pauses.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700132358/US-economic-growth-pauses.html U.S. economic growth slowed during 2011's first quarter, impacted by higher energy prices and poor weather. Such growth is... Tue, 03 May 2011 20:04:30 MDT Tea Leaf: Debt explosion has nation playing chicken with S&P http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700130321/Debt-explosion-has-nation-playing-chicken-with-SampP.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700130321/Debt-explosion-has-nation-playing-chicken-with-SampP.html Recent issues of this newsletter have pointed out that Congressional skirmishes of prior weeks to keep government open were... Tue, 26 Apr 2011 14:39:49 MDT Tea Leaf: The Great Recession and 'that aging thing' http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700128819/The-Great-Recession-and-that-aging-thing.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700128819/The-Great-Recession-and-that-aging-thing.html It's no secret that many economic and financial areas were severely impacted by what we now call the Great Recession, the... Wed, 20 Apr 2011 16:12:16 MDT Boyer Jarvis: Some solutions to America's financial tsunami http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700127520/Some-solutions-to-Americas-financial-tsunami.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700127520/Some-solutions-to-Americas-financial-tsunami.html By Boyer Jarvis Sun, 17 Apr 2011 00:00:00 MDT Tea Leaf: Are higher interest rates coming sooner rather than later? http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700126665/Are-higher-interest-rates-coming-sooner-rather-than-later.html http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700126665/Are-higher-interest-rates-coming-sooner-rather-than-later.html Odds are rising that the Federal Reserve, this nation's central bank, could decide to push its key interest rate up later... Tue, 12 Apr 2011 19:26:19 MDT