The Good, The Bad, and the Microeconomic : Blog Of The Nation We've ordered up a little economic perspective today -- how bad is the economy, REALLY?
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The Good, The Bad, and the Microeconomic

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Listen — I'm not going to pretend that it's not completely crappy out there. Gas prices, food prices, bank runs — it feels like the economic Ragnarok. In the interests of soothing some of your anxiety though, we decided to take a moment to put it in perspective. The financial system is wounded — but it's not broken. We'll get through this, and it's possible we'll end up with a much healthier economy in the long run. In the meantime, what are the economic indicators you should pay attention to as we wait for this slow-drip bad news to stop? Tell us what you're looking at — and we'll give you a little advice.