Tag Archives: consumer confidence

Are Consumers Happy, Will Continue to Spend?

Financial FAQs I mentioned last week the big question remains, with March’s initial estimate of Q1 GDP growth, will consumers continue to maintain their share of consumption and continue to boost economic growth? Today’s release of February and March Personal … Continue reading

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Retail Sales Rebound Sign of Higher Growth?

Popular Economics Weekly Sales at U.S. retailers surged in March by the most in a year and a half, the latest in a string of reports suggesting economic growth is picking up after a soft spell of growth earlier in … Continue reading

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Boom Times Here with Rising Retail Sales, Inflation

The Mortgage Corner Retail sales jumped 0.8 percent in May which easily tops economists’ estimates. And the results include an upward revision to April which now stands at a 0.4 percent gain, according to Econoday. It is in part due … Continue reading

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New-Home Sales, Consumer Confidence Booming

The Mortgage Corner Graph: Econoday In spite of rising mortgage rates, new-home sales are booming and consumer confidence is at multi-year highs. March new-home sales rose 4.0 percent annualized to 694,000 and is just off the expansion high of 711,000 … Continue reading

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Increasing Growth Ahead, But Watch for Bubbles!

Financial FAQs Maybe it’s the natural disasters plaguing U.S. Or the fact businesses haven’t been investing in future growth until now. But the times they are a’changin, as GDP grew 3 percent in Q3 for the second quarter in a … Continue reading

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This is A Goldilocks Economy!

Financial fAQs Economists have debated just what ideal economic growth should be, but the Federal Reserve does it for us. The Fed defines ideal growth as when we are at full employment with moderate inflation, inflation that says an economy … Continue reading

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April Employment Up, Q1 Consumer Spending Weak

Financial FAQs Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 211,000 in April, and the unemployment rate fell to 4.4 percent from 4.5 percent in March, reported the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics today. Job gains occurred in leisure and hospitality, health … Continue reading

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