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The latest deluge of U.S. corporate earnings reports begins next week, which means that investors will soon be subjected to an endless stream of commentary about what all those hundreds of profit results mean for the broad economic outlook.

Here’s a simpler alternative: Ignore the reported figures.

Look instead at the aggregate figure for corporate earnings calculated by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

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