Category Archives: Consumers

Retail Sales Strengthen Q4 Growth

The Mortgage Corner FRED It looks like consumers came through during the holidays, as retail sales jumped 0.3 percent in December and are up 3.5 percent from a year ago, per the above FRED (St. Louis Fed) graph. It might … Continue reading

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Housing Construction at 13-Year High

The Mortgage Corner Wrightson.com U.S. homebuilding surged to a 13-year high in December as activity increased across the board, suggesting the housing market recovery was back on track amid low mortgage rates, and could help support the longest economic expansion … Continue reading

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December Job Formation Slipping

Popular Economics Weekly MarketWatch This MarketWatch graph gives an instant picture of December payroll formation. The consumer-driven service sector is booming with more than 154,000 nonfarm payroll jobs created in December, but 19,000 jobs were lost in the Mining and … Continue reading

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Today’s Very Unequal, Minimum Wage Laws

Financial FAQs nymag.com This New Year is a good time to talk about our record income inequality, in the hope that it can be improved. Because it’s the reason a minority of white male Republicans have been able to hold … Continue reading

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A New Year’s Wish—Greater Prosperity for All of US!

Popular Economics Weekly Although this cannot happen until results of the 2020 presidential election overturn a Republican Senate, I wish for something that President Eisenhower has said best. With higher tax rates that prevailed in the 1950-1970s, corporations in the … Continue reading

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Q3 GDP Unchanged

Popular Economics Weekly FRED The Commerce Department’s final estimate of third quarter U.S. economic growth was unchanged at 2.1 percent, as strong consumer spending was offset by weaker business investment and shrinking inventories. Consumers were the difference, as they kept … Continue reading

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Full Speed Ahead for Housing Construction, Sales?

The Mortgage Corner Wrightson.com The ultra-low interest rates are making a difference as homebuilder sentiment is soaring along with new building permits, which should boost new and existing-home sales as well. For instance, more new homes on the market encourage … Continue reading

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