Monthly Archives: July 2017

Why are Americans So Unhealthy?

Financial FAQs Americans have just avoided a health care disaster in voting down the Senate’s ‘skinny’ Obamacare Repeal and Replace bill. Even though maintaining most of the taxes to pay for the Medicaid portion, it would have made insurance coverage … Continue reading

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The End of Easy Money?

Popular Economics Weekly The Fed just completed its July FOMC meeting and said the sale of some of its $4.5 trillion in securities would begin this year. CNBC has predicted the first installment of $300B in sales could begin anytime. … Continue reading

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Home Sales Disappoint

The Mortgage Corner Existing-home sales were at a 5.52 million seasonally adjusted annual rate in June, the National Association of Realtors said Monday. That was 0.7 percent above the year-ago rate, but 1.8 percent lower than in May and marked … Continue reading

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Full Employment Is Here, But No Inflation (Revised)

Financial FAQs The Bureau of Labor’s JOLTS Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey out Tuesday showed a huge boost in hiring and shrinkage of available jobs. What to make of it with almost nonexistent inflation, and the Fed’s Janet Yellen … Continue reading

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Housing Starts Rebound, For How Long?

The Mortgage Corner The Conference Board’s Index of Leading Indicators that predicts future growth says it is being boosted by a rebound in housing starts, which means more badly needed new homes being built. Its June report posted a 0.6 … Continue reading

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Full Employment Here, But No Inflation?

Financial FAQs The Bureau of Labor Statistic’s JOLTS Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey out Tuesday showed a huge boost in hiring and shrinkage of available jobs. What to make of it with almost nonexistent inflation, and the Fed’s Janet … Continue reading

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Minimum Wage Raises Should Boost Employment, Spending

Financial FAQs Minimum wages are about to rise in several cities, and eventually states. San Francisco and Los Angeles minimums rose last weekend to $14 and $12 per hour, respectively, and ultimately to $15 per hour by 2021. But Seattle, … Continue reading

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