This paper analyzes some of the elements of the new economy. What is really new is first of all the technological innovation. In economic terms what is new is a new product. The new IT product brought about by the new technology means two different things: a new device to handle data and to communicate and a new good information. This should lead to an increase of productivity, to a larger production potential and to a higher growth rate. The new economy has implications for capital markets and especially for labor. Major issues are regulation and taxation.