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A New Year’s Wish—Greater Prosperity for All of US!

Popular Economics Weekly Although this cannot happen until results of the 2020 presidential election overturn a Republican Senate, I wish for something that President Eisenhower has said best. With higher tax rates that prevailed in the 1950-1970s, corporations in the … Continue reading

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Q3 GDP Unchanged

Popular Economics Weekly FRED The Commerce Department’s final estimate of third quarter U.S. economic growth was unchanged at 2.1 percent, as strong consumer spending was offset by weaker business investment and shrinking inventories. Consumers were the difference, as they kept … Continue reading

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Lower Retail Sales Hint at Weaker Economic Growth Ahead

Popular Economics Weekly Fred U.S. retail sales that mirror consumer spending, which powers some two-thirds of U.S. GDP growth, fell for the first time in seven months in September, raising fears that a slowdown in the American manufacturing sector could … Continue reading

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Q2 GDP Growth Unchanged

Popular Economics Weekly BEA.gov In the face of declining consumer confidence, but strong consumer and government spending, the third estimate of second quarter GDP growth was unchanged at 2 percent. The BEA reported the increase in real GDP in the … Continue reading

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Q2 GDP Growth Slowing—What Else?

Popular Economics Weekly BEA.gov The 2nd estimate of second quarter Real Gross Domestic Growth slowed to 2 percent, from 3.1 percent in January. It looks like GDP is slowing to the average rate that has prevailed since the end of … Continue reading

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It’s Up To the Consumers!

Popular Economics Weekly Consumers are feeling good enough to keep the US economy from sinking into recession at the moment. The consumer sentiment survey edged up to 98.4 this month from 98.2 in June, according to a preliminary reading from … Continue reading

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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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