Monthly Archives: April 2018

Good Initial Q1 GDP Growth

Popular Economics Weekly Graph: bea.gov Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased at an annual rate of 2.3 percent in the first quarter of 2018, according to the “advance” estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the fourth quarter, … Continue reading

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New-Home Sales, Consumer Confidence Booming

The Mortgage Corner Graph: Econoday In spite of rising mortgage rates, new-home sales are booming and consumer confidence is at multi-year highs. March new-home sales rose 4.0 percent annualized to 694,000 and is just off the expansion high of 711,000 … Continue reading

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Retail Sales, Consumers Resume Spending Ways For How Long?

Financial FAQs Graph: Econoday “Autos are the big story in March,” said Econoday, “jumping 2.0 percent and finally shaking off the long lull following the replacement surge of September’s hurricanes. Excluding autos, retail sales managed only a 0.2 percent gain … Continue reading

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Retail Sales, Consumers Resume Spending Ways For How Long?

Financial FAQs Graph: Econoday “Autos are the big story in March,” said Econoday, “jumping 2.0 percent and finally shaking off the long lull following the replacement surge of September’s hurricanes. Excluding autos, retail sales managed only a 0.2 percent gain … Continue reading

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The Results of Our Record Income Inequality

Financial FAQs We know the results of trickle-down economic theory that says lower taxes and government regulations are supposed to lift all boats, as epitomized in Republicans’ latest tax bill. After the ninth year of this recovery, just 10 percent … Continue reading

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Wintry Unemployment Report Chills Markets

Popular Economics Weekly Graph: Marketwatch The smallest number of nonfarm payroll jobs since last year were created in March—103,000 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But it’s still pushing wages higher—to 2.7 percent annually, and the working population participation … Continue reading

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Housing Prices Rising Too Fast

The Mortgage Corner Graph: Marketwatch Housing prices are rising too fast to be sustainable over the long term says CoreLogic, a leading global property information, analytics provider. So buyers should be aware such unsustainable price rises could lead us into … Continue reading

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