Charlie’s month-end reading list

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We’ve compiled a new list of articles that piqued our interest this month. Improving earnings and views that corporate America might be loosening up its purse strings were particularly good to see in August. Unfortunately, some small businesses continue to struggle, and housing remains a concern. Check it out:

First is a piece from Business Insider written by Ashley Kindergan, “The American Business Spending Boom Might Finally Be Happening.” We’ve all heard about how much cash corporate America has either squirreled away or deployed for share buybacks. With business investment now moving steadily higher, corporate America’s capital spending “malaise” might be ending.

Rick Newman’s Yahoo Finance article, “What Obama gets wrong about corporate America,” highlights the vast gulf between the Fortune 500 and small business in America.  There’s lots of room between CEOs and Obama’s “everyman” – and it’s filled with struggling small and midsized companies crucial to a healthy economy. Business startups have declined steadily over the last 30 years as well. This is particularly worrisome, as successful startups tend to grow quickly and hire more aggressively.

ZeroHedge.com’s “Why Housing Will Crash Again – But For Different Reasons Than Last Time” again debunks the idea that houses always appreciate over time. As many of us have learned, this is not always the case.

Corporate Earnings Are Growing To Record Highs At An Accelerating Rate,” a Business Insider piece by economist Ed Yardeni, recaps the latest earnings season. “The latest blend of actual and estimated earnings shows a growth rate of 9.6 percent year-over-year. That’s up from the low of 5.9 percent at the start of the earnings season during the week of July 10. It is also up from the first quarter’s growth rate of 5.3 percent.”