Monthly Archives: November 2015

When Is Faster Growth Coming?

Popular Economics Weekly Where is the promised growth, with almost full employment? GDP growth was revised up from 1.5 to 2.1 percent Q2 to Q3, and is up 2.2 percent annually? When, if ever, will it return to the historical … Continue reading

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Are We Running Out of Homes?

The Mortgage Corner This isn’t a repeat of the housing bubble, as some pundits would have us believe. In fact, it’s the opposite. Too few homes are being built, and existing inventories of homes for sale have fallen to 2 … Continue reading

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A Huge Employment Report

Popular Economics Weekly The economy generated 271,000 new jobs last month, with all but 3,000 coming in the private sector, the government said Friday, topping expectations for 190,000 to 240,000 jobs predicted by various economists. Almost every major industry boosted … Continue reading

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Dr. Yellen—Don’t Raise Interest Rates Just Yet.

Popular Economics Weekly The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.2 percent in October on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased … Continue reading

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An End to Austerity—Part II

Financial FAQs The Senate voted on Tuesday to start talks with the House about a compromise highway funding measure. Lawmakers are facing a Nov. 20 deadline for renewing federal infrastructure funding. Both chambers have passed bills that would guarantee at … Continue reading

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What Are Economic Lessons From ‘The Martian’?

Financial FAQs What can we learn from The Martian, a terrific novel and movie starring Matt Damon as an Astronaut in the not too distant future thought dead and left behind on Mars during a violent dust storm? It was … Continue reading

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An End to Austerity?

Financial FAQs On November 5, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the bipartisan Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act, a new multi-year transportation authorization bill, by a vote of 363-64. It will refund the Highway Trust Fund, among other … Continue reading

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