Category Archives: Consumers

Record Income Inequality = U.S. Credit Downgrade?

Financial FAQs Graph: MarketWatch The current debate whether the U.S. will escape the ‘new normal’ of slower economic growth since the Great Recession (when homeowners lost a collective $9 trillion in value) is taking a new turn with Moody’s Investor … Continue reading

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What Is ‘New Normal’ U.S. Growth?

Popular Economics Weekly Graph: Seeking Alpha/BLS There is a current debate whether the U.S. will escape the ‘new normal’ of slower economic growth since the Great Recession, when American households lost a collective $9 trillion in value and consumers cut … Continue reading

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Strong Employment Report Due Tomorrow?

Financial FAQs Graph: Econoday ADP, or Automatic Data Processing, predicts 230,000 private payroll jobs could be created in September per tomorrow’s U.S. unemployment report. The reason is both the manufacturing and non-manufacturing (service) sectors reported strong hiring in their ISM … Continue reading

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Housing Supply Still Too Low

The Mortgage Corner Graph: Econoday Most of the construction activity is in the commercial sector, at the moment, though sales of newly-constructed homes rose 3.5 percent compared to July. The pace of new-home sales in August was 12.7 percent higher … Continue reading

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Homeowners Preserve Rising Home Equity

The Mortgage Corner Graph: MarketWatch/Black Knight American homeowners have amassed a record $6 trillion in equity in their properties, according to a study by real estate data firm Black Knight, a figure boosted by surging home prices and a trend … Continue reading

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What Do Slowing Retail Sales Mean?

Popular Economics Weekly Graph: Econoday Retail sales are slowing this fall, yet consumers’ confidence is at an all-time high. Why are consumers buying less and saving more this season? It could be higher interest rates, as the Fed has raised … Continue reading

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Does Lower Inflation Mean a Goldilocks Economy?

Popular Economics Weekly Graph: Calculated Risk Consumers are being helped by consumer prices that are barely rising. The Consumer Price Index is up just 2.7 percent, and core CPI without food and energy prices up 2.2 percent in 12 months. … Continue reading

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