Monthly Archives: January 2018

Q4 GDP Growth Misses 3 Percent

Popular Economics Weekly Consumers and businesses powered the economy to a 2.6 percent rate of gross domestic product growth in the final three months of 2017, according to the Commerce Department. But declining inventories and a wider trade deficit kept … Continue reading

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Existing-Home Inventory Lowest in 18 years

The Mortgage Corner There aren’t enough home to sell. Sales of previously-owned homes tumbled in December as an ongoing inventory crunch became more worrisome with few homes to sell in parts of the country. Existing-home sales were down 3.6 percent … Continue reading

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Shutdown vs. “S***hole” Countries?

Popular Economics Weekly The just ended government shutdown has little to do with 9 million children’s health insurance under the CHIP plan, or extending the Dreamers protection under DACA. It really has to do with President Trump’s insistence on shutting … Continue reading

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Immigration and Trump’s “S***Hole” Comment

Popular Economics Weekly How should we remember Martin Luther King, Jr. on his holiday? That greater equality creates greater prosperity for all; as well as greater peace. President Trump’s S***Hole comments were meant as a signal to his neo-nazi supporters … Continue reading

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Why Raise Interest Rates Now?

Financial FAQs The Federal Reserve is warning about the consequences of the just passed tax reform bill, which includes adding some $1.5 trillion to the federal debt in ten years. New York Fed President William Dudley says it will put … Continue reading

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Aren’t Tax Cuts Wonderful?

Popular Economics Weekly Those were President Trump’s words on the $3.2 trillion in tax cuts enacted by the Republican majority congress before Christmas. “These are the biggest tax cuts in history, even bigger than President Reagan’s.” He’s right that they … Continue reading

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What Happens in 2018?

Popular Economics Weekly The New Year will make some people very wealthy—mainly stockholders, corporate execs, and real estate moguls. And as minimum wages begin to rise this year in many cities and states (but not all), those at the lower … Continue reading

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