Category Archives: Consumers

The U.S. Economy Is Slowing!

Financial FAQs Late Monday, the U.S. blacklisted 28 Chinese companies because of their alleged role in human-rights violations against Muslim minorities ahead of the high-level discussions which will be led by China Vice Premier Liu He on Thursday. Bloomberg also … Continue reading

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How Much Has US Economy Slowed?

Financial FAQs Calculated Risk It’s a difficult question to answer. We know the US economy is slowing, and the manufacturing activity is already contracting—the first of the four indicators that are used to call a recession—per the ISM’s Manufacturing Diffusion … Continue reading

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Higher Home Sales Mean What?

The Mortgage Corner FRED “Sales of new single‐family houses in August 2019 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 713,000, according to estimates released jointly today by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. … Continue reading

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Who’s Willing to predict Q3 GDP?

Financial FAQs FRED.org We will be lucky to stay at 2 percent growth in this third quarter ending in September. So say a survey of economists, with a PMI Composite FLASH reading of next week’s manufacturing and non-manufacturing surveys flat, … Continue reading

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Strong Home Sales Mean What?

The Mortgage Corner   It looks like home sales are are defying expectations of an economic slowdown, as both existing and pending home sales are rising. Pending sales measure contracts scheduled to close in 30-60 days, which is a sign … Continue reading

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Why Make America Small Again?

Popular Economics Weekly ResearchPew Why make America small again is the question Americans should be asking President Donald Trump whose immigration policies are designed to do just that. He would reduce immigration flows by 50 percent, if he and his … Continue reading

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Fear of Recession Rises as Wholesale Prices Fall

The Mortgage Corner MarketWatch The wholesale cost of raw and partly finished goods both fell in August and are negative in the past year, suggesting little inflation in the “pipeline,” according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Wholesale inflation has … Continue reading

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