Ryan Sweet is a director at Moody's Analytics. He is a member of the U.S. macroeconomics team, responsible for forecasting high-frequency economic indicators. The team has received the Forecaster of the Month award from MarketWatch/Dow Jones on several occasions. Ryan gives regular talks on the U.S. economic outlook and U.S. monetary policy, and is a lead contributor to the Dismal Scientist Web site.
Ryan is also an adjunct professor in the Economics and Finance Department at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. He received his master's degree in economics from the University of Delaware and his bachelor's degree in economics from Washington College.
Poor first quarters are nothing new, and cold weather and other factors may have caused the expected dip.
Change may be coming to the Federal Reserve -- and not just in the much-watched language of its meeting minutes.
The Federal Reserve should take a closer look at the January jobs numbers before raising rates.
January employment numbers are among the hardest to interpret because of a series of seasonal factors.
New England suffered the greatest from winter storm Juno -- in an economic sense. New York City got off easy.
The economic impact of blizzards is quite minimal. Here's how this one might affect the U.S. economy.
Global oil prices are falling fast and that puts more money in consumers' pockets.
Without stronger wages, labor-force participation and inflation will remain depressed.
The strong GDP numbers out today are just a part of the economic picture in 2014, going into 2015.
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