Category Archives: Consumers

Factory Orders, Business Investment Rising at the Right Time

Popular Economics Weekly The US Dollar’s decline against foreign currencies, mostly due to geopolitical worries such as N. Korea’s nuclear intentions, is already helping the manufacturing sector with a sharp rise in factory orders. This will be aided by Hurricanes … Continue reading

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Another Decent Employment Report

Financial FAQs The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 156,000 additional nonfarm payroll jobs were created in August, which was less than expected, but will be enough to keep markets happy. And the unemployment rate edged up to 4.4 percent … Continue reading

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Are Corporate Taxes Too Low?

Financial FAQs As congress now pivots to the debate on tax reform—when and if they can agree on raising the debt ceiling—why is a lower corporate tax rate part of the proposal? The federal budget deficit can’t decline unless congress … Continue reading

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Cheaper Dollar Will Help Job Growth

Popular Economics Weekly The U.S. Dollar is falling due to a number of factors. And this will boost the export of manufactured goods, as our goods will now be cheaper overseas. It will hurt imports, which become more expensive (even … Continue reading

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Where Are the New Homes?

The Mortgage Corner There is a surging demand for new home that builders find hard to meet.  New-home sales fell in July to 571,000 units, though May and June totals were revised upward. That’s because the Census Bureau estimate comes … Continue reading

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Retail Sales Back, But Not Consumers

The Mortgage Corner It turns out consumers decided to shop again in July, as retail sales surged in all categories. This includes online sales these days, as retailers adapt to the new reality that one large store size doesn’t fit … Continue reading

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What Happened to Rising Wages?

Popular Economics Weekly Everything should point to higher wages and salaries ahead for employees with a 4.3 percent unemployment rate and record corporate profits, but corporate profits go mainly to their executives and owners (and their stockholders) these days. The … Continue reading

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