A summary of the discussions from my weekly appearance on the Jarrod Thomas Show (@jtknoxradio). The two main themes were evaluating local area economic performance and retail trade.
A radio caller wants me to give Grand Forks a grade for their economic performance in the last year. Here are some of the questions we need to answer first.
I have two classes this Spring term so expect some blogging about the content from them. One is the standard forecasting class, though this is the last semester of this format. It switches to a more general predictive analytics going forward. Also I will be teaching a new prep with Government and Business this semester.Continue reading Classes for the Spring
What I think the big topics of the year will be.
I decided to further look at yield spreads and put a bit of a local spin on it by adding in the element of North Dakota oil production. I am trying to figure out if rates and rate movements impact the oil industry in North Dakota. The interesting thing here is that the cost structure of the firms is really different.Continue reading Yield Spreads and North Dakota Oil