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Boom Times In 2017 For Consumers?

Popular Economics Weekly Here are more signs that economic growth will increase in 2017. There’s a large increase in revolving credit, one of the largest of the cycle, reports the Federal Reserve, a sign that retail sales are booming (with … Continue reading

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New-Home Sales Also Climbing

Financial FAQs “Sales of new single-family houses in April 2016 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 619,000, according to estimates released jointly today by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. This is … Continue reading

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Low Inflation Everywhere Is Shrinking Growth

Popular Economics Weekly Deflation is a rising risk for the U.S. economy based on import and export price data where contraction is at its most severe since the 2008-2009 recession, as well as for the rest of the world. U.S. … Continue reading

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What is Yellen’s Real Unemployment Rate?

Financial FAQs Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen spoke with IMF President Christine Lagard at an epoch-making conference yesterday. It was epoch-making (with luminaries such a ex-Fed Chair Paul Volcker in attendance), because Ms. Yellen told us which unemployment rate she and … Continue reading

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What Should We Be Thankful For?

Financial FAQs There is still much we can be thankful for this Thanksgiving, in spite of tax raises and government spending cuts that affect mostly the poorest—whether it’s less food stamps, early child care, environmental protection, and maybe even fewer … Continue reading

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How To Lower That Household Debt?

Financial FAQs Here is the underlying reason our economy isn’t growing faster, hence creating more jobs. Household debt hasn’t even declined to early 2000 levels, mainly because household incomes haven’t risen above 2000 levels, after inflation is factored in. Mortgage … Continue reading

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Will Interest Rates Continue to Rise?

The Mortgage Corner We think not.  Interest rates are rising, mainly due to some Fed Governors saying they may begin to end the QE3 purchase of securities later this year. But that is based on overly optimistic growth projections by … Continue reading

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