Why Is Economic News Always Surprising?

Isn’t this an old marketing trick – include “surprising,” “stunned,” or “unexpected” in a headline?  It seems to me that every time an economic report comes out, we are presented with one of these words to describe the data. The latest example comes from cnnmoney.com today: U.S. construction spending unexpectedly posted its biggest increase in eight months in April, advancing for a second straight month as the private sector put money into both residential and nonresidential projects, according to a government report on Monday. Oh to be able to surprise a sales manager with an unexpectedly lower sales forecast!  If the experts are consistently surprised, what credentials do they have… Read More

Continue Reading