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KillerApps Macro: Economic Indicators
Some long-lived intangible assets will be counted as capital investment rather than one-time expenses in US GDP.

Price inflation creates strong illusion of monetary gains that hides the reality of more mundane performance.

The unemployment rate closely tracks the business cycle and reflects the vicissitudes of economic fortunes.

The consumer price index measures aggregate price changes based on a standardized basket of goods and services. Changes in the index directly affect government benefits, wages, income taxes, and monetary and fiscal policies.

The order for cardboard boxes is a reliable indicator of the business cycles.