Daily Policy Digest

Economic Issues

Retirement Security Lags Asset Gains

Despite gains in the stock market and the rebound of housing values, there was only a modest improvement in the National Retirement Risk Index -- half of households were figured to be "at risk," up from 44 percent in 2007...

Fed Comes Out against Replacing $1 Bills with Coins

The Federal Reserve estimates that over 30 years, the U.S. government's costs to produce $1 coins exceed the costs to produce $1 notes by $6.9 billion...

Minimum Wage Causes Problems for Small Businesses

The SeaTac wage hike represents a 63 percent increase in pay, and it is the highest municipal minimum wage in the country...

Minimum Wage Primer

In 2011, 78.7 percent of minimum wage earners were not in poverty...

Number of Banks in United States at Lowest Levels

The number of federally insured institutions in the United States was at 6,891 in the third quarter of this year -- the first time that the number has dropped below 7,000 since the federal government began tracking these numbers in 1934...

Is There a Strong Case for Increasing the Minimum Wage?

Most of the workforce -- 70 percent -- is subject to state minimum wages that exceed the federal minimum wage...

Banking Proposals in United States and Britain Threaten Growth

New banking proposals in both the United States and United Kingdom will have adverse effects on credit availability, global capital flows and the world economy as a whole...

Deflation Risk in Europe and the United States

Quantitative easing sparked widespread fears of inflation, and the focus on the potential for hyperinflation led many to fail to notice a drift toward deflation...

Big Hike in Minimum Wage Will Be Self-Defeating For Workers

If higher wages are forced on the fast food industry, capital eventually will replace labor in that industry, as it has done in retail, says Pamela Villarreal, a senior fellow with the National Center for Policy Analysis...

New Banking Regulations Are Too Complex

Basel III is by far the most complex set of bank regulations that have ever been attempted, and the compliance costs are high for small and large banks alike...


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