Monthly Archives: February 2015

Fed Chair Yellen Still Dovish, Economy Still “Sluggish”

Popular Economics Weekly Federal Reserve Chairperson Yellen wants to keep interest rates as low as possible for at least the “next couple of FOMC meetings”, even as there are signs that economic growth is accelerating. This is in the face … Continue reading

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January Existing Home Sales, Mortgage Applications Dip

The Mortgage Corner Oh, the winter freeze! It seems to put the housing market into a deep freeze, as well. Total existing-home sales, completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, fell 4.9 percent to a seasonally adjusted … Continue reading

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Enslavement of the Middle Class

Financial FAQs It is becoming obvious that the American middle class (topic dujour among presidential candidates these days) has been enslaved by an ideology that only benefits the wealthiest among US. It is an ideology of austerity that has prevailed … Continue reading

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The Economic Ruination of Greece

Popular Economics Weekly It is now beyond a reasonable doubt that Germany and its austerity cohorts want to drive Greece out of the Eurozone by insisting that it adhere to its agreement to pass most of its meager budget surplus … Continue reading

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Low Inflation Everywhere Is Shrinking Growth

Popular Economics Weekly Deflation is a rising risk for the U.S. economy based on import and export price data where contraction is at its most severe since the 2008-2009 recession, as well as for the rest of the world. U.S. … Continue reading

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Mortgage Refinancings Surge in 2015

The Mortgage Corner The still record-low interest rates are making a difference. Refinancings jumped 66 percent in January’s first two weeks, according to the MBA. And borrowers who refinanced during the fourth quarter of 2014 were able to reduce their … Continue reading

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The Bernanke-Yellen Led US Recovery

Financial FAQs Friday’s January unemployment report should close the books once and for all on the debate whether austerity cutbacks in government spending (and debt) such as happened in Europe, or pro-active government policies by the U.S. Federal Reserve Banks … Continue reading

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