Deja Vu all over again: Recovery is faltering

It happened in 2010 and 2011 at about the same time. The economy shows signs in the first quarter of modest growth and easing unemployment when all of a sudden - POOF! The recovery disappears in a puff of smoke and stagnation returns. Anne Lowrey: Some of the same spoilers that interrupted the recovery in 2010 and 2011 have emerged again, raising fears that the winter's economic strength might dissipate in the spring. In recent weeks, European bond yields have started climbing. In the United States and elsewhere, high oil prices have sapped spending power. American employers remain skittish about hiring new workers, and new claims for unemployment insurance have risen. And stocks have declined. There is a "light recovery blowing in a spring wind" with "dark clouds on the horizon," Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, said Thursday, at the start of meetings here that will focus on Europe's troubles and global growth. Ms. Lagarde implored...(Read Full Post)