Category Archives: Consumers

Great Retail Sales!

Financial FAQs Econoday.com Retail sales rose in June for the fourth month in a row, quieting concerns that the trade wars and weaker manufacturing output would also drag down consumer spending. The most surprising strength in the report was a … Continue reading

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Why Are Worry About Low Inflation?

Popular Economics Weekly Reuters.com Almost everyone, including Fed Chair Powell, is worried about the low inflation rate.  It’s usually nearing 4 percent at this late stage of an economic recovery, not the current 2 percent if the US economy were … Continue reading

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Housing Market in Gradual Decline?

The Mortgage Corner Econoday Happy 4th of July, everyone, even though it looks like we are nearing the end of this housing cycle; and maybe this business cycle as well.  But we can still celebrate what is now the longest … Continue reading

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The Presidential Debates—Will Democracy Survive?

Popular Economics Weekly Graph: Washington Post Much of the media lament over the first Democratic Presidential debates was whether the Democratic Party had moved too far to the left on immigration and healthcare—whether it was about decriminalizing Central American immigrants … Continue reading

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Who Can Still Afford to Buy a Home?

The Mortgage Corner MarketWatch That question of who can still afford to buy a home is up in the air, as we say, since home sales have been trending lower of late and there is still a housing shortage. MarketWatch’s … Continue reading

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How to Provide More Housing For Everyone?

ANSWERING THE KENNEDYS’ CALL thelundreport.org I said in an earlier column “that part of the solution to the housing and homeless crisis has to be the responsibility of governments.” But the Silicon Valley giants Google, Apple, and Washington State’s Microsoft … Continue reading

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Who Pays For the Tariff Wars?

Popular Economics Weekly It’s unfortunate that we have to keep returning to the most unpleasant of topics— higher taxes. But that’s what the White House is doing with their various Chinese, Mexican, and European tariffs. They seem to be waging … Continue reading

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