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 Mark Vitner - “If we had an anti-business Congress that went after pension reform aggressively, it could have a devastating impact on Wall Street.”
 Mark Vitner - “We hope it will be the case that tax cuts will bridge the gap until hiring picks up, but that seems like a pretty precarious plan. But it's the only plan we've got.”
 Mark Vitner - “People keep asking, 'How can it be that we haven't seen energy prices bleed over into the core' ... Our belief is that it will eventually show up in the core CPI, but it may not show up in 2005. It may be in first quarter of 2006.”
 Mark Vitner - “High gasoline prices gradually eat away at income. The effect isn't felt all at once. We have seen consumers change their behavior in recent months and there should be further changes if prices stay at these levels.”
 Mark Vitner - “While it seems counterintuitive, higher gasoline prices are actually helping restrain core inflation. With more money being spent for gasoline, consumers have fewer dollars left for discretionary purchases. The net result is that firms are slashing prices on everything from cars to beer in order to move product.”
 Mark Vitner - “While it seems counterintuitive, higher gasoline prices are actually helping restrain core inflation, ... With more money being spent for gasoline, consumers have fewer dollars left for discretionary purchases. The net result is that firms are slashing prices on everything from cars to beer in order to move product.”
 Mark Vitner - “As long as energy prices remain high, they're likely to move in baby steps. I just don't think it's a slam dunk that they raise rates in December.”
 Mark Vitner - “I don't see any storm clouds on the economic horizon. We don't see any potential land mines or problem areas. Even an attack on the scale of 911 would not cause the economy to go into recession in the next two years.”
 Mark Vitner - “Overall supply and demand are moving into much better balance. With that, we're likely to see far less price appreciation than we saw in 2005.”
 Mark Vitner - “We've had a pretty good run here in anticipation that the Fed is nearly done raising interest rates.”
 Mark Vitner - “Back in late 2000 the Chicago PMI weakened a month ahead of the ISM survey. The weakness then also came quite unexpectedly and soon afterwards the Fed abruptly reversed course,”
 Mark Vitner - “It will take longer for Louisiana and Mississippi to recover from the storm than Florida last year, ... Resource- and agriculture-reliant areas just don't do as well.”

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