Monthly Archives: October 2017

Who Needs a Tax Cut?

Popular Economics Weekly It turns out very few of us need a tax cut. Marketwatch economist Rex Nutting calculates that those in the 60 percent middle-income brackets—from $32,000 to $140,000 per year—pay just an average 2.5 percent in income taxes. … Continue reading

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Boom Times for Manufacturing

Popular Economics Weekly A measure used by economists to track investment, known as core capital orders (minus defense and aircraft), rose 4 percent in the 12 months ended in September. It has risen 1.3 percent for three consecutive months, according … Continue reading

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Rising Existing-Home Sales Not Enough

The Mortgage Corner WASHINGTON (October 20, 2017) — After three straight monthly declines, existing-home sales slightly reversed course in September, but ongoing supply shortages and recent hurricanes muted overall activity and caused sales to fall back on an annual basis, … Continue reading

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Republicans Killing the Housing Market

The Mortgage Corner The Trump administration and Republicans’ anti-immigration policies will kill the housing market. Why? Trump wants to cut immigration quotas by 50 percent when there aren’t enough qualified workers to fill current job openings. And congress can’t agree … Continue reading

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JOLTS Report – Too Many Job Openings!

Financial FAQs The Labor Department reported today that there were 6.1 million job openings in August in its JOLTS report, or Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, which was “little changed” from July, while hirings remained far behind at 5.430 … Continue reading

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JOLTS Report – Too Many Job Openings!

Financial FAQs The Labor Department reported today that there were 6.1 million job openings in August in its JOLTS report, or Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, which was “little changed” from July, while hirings remained far behind at 5.430 … Continue reading

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A Poor Employment Report?

Popular Economics Weekly What does it mean when 33,000 nonfarm payroll jobs were lost in September? Not much, when many of the losses came from the hurricanes that threw 1.5 million out of work, according to Marketwatch’s Jeff Bartash, and … Continue reading

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