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COVID-19—WHO Wins?

Popular Economics Weekly https://twitter.com/jfkirkegaard Conquering the pandemic really means depending on the cooperation across borders of races and ethnicities that separate regions and countries. COVID-19 is winning the battle in those countries and states with the worst outbreaks that believe … Continue reading

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Housing Sales Higher, % Rates Plunging to Zero?

The Mortgage Corner Calculatedriskblog Total July existing-home sales, https://www.nar.realtor/existing-home-sales that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, rose 2.5 percent from June to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.42 million in July, according to the National Association of Realtors … Continue reading

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Strong May Employment, But Future Uncertain

Popular Economics Weekly Graph: Marketwatch The unemployment rate edged down to 3.8 percent in May, and the number of unemployed persons declined to 6.1 million, reported the Bureau of Labor Statistics this morning. Over the year, the unemployment rate was … Continue reading

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Jobs Report—Not Yet Full Employment

Popular Economics Weekly The unemployment rate rose slightly to 5 percent for the first time since April, the government said Friday, though that was mainly because 444,000 people entered the labor force. There are still too many unemployed, in other … Continue reading

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Why Brexit?

Financial FAQs Brexit, the British vote to exit the European Union, was precipitated by many factors, including Brit’s fear of loss of sovereignty due to the Schengen requirement that it open its borders to citizens of other EU countries.  And … Continue reading

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No More Inflation?

Popular Economics Weekly San Francisco Fed President John Williams has said something that most Central Bankers won’t say. He believes the current low inflation, low growth economy could continue indefinitely, if something isn’t done differently. He writes in the FRBSF’s … Continue reading

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Why Record Low Mortgages Rates?

The Mortgage Corner Mortgage applications increased 7.2 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending July 8, 2016. It’s a result of mortgage rates dropping to … Continue reading

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Don’t Count On Inflation Moving Federal Reserve

Popular Economics Weekly The Federal Reserve didn’t raise interest rates today at the close of their FOMC meeting. In fact the 9-1 vote against raising rates wasn’t even close. So don’t count on inflation to save the day for the … Continue reading

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Greece’s Great Depression

Financial FAQs This may seem facetious some 6 years into recovery, but many policy makers don’t seem to understand the severity of the Great Recession, or its consequences. It is the major reason why Greece, and many other Eurozone countries … Continue reading

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What Would Save the Euro?

Popular Economics Weekly Now that Greece has voted NO on the latest European Commission-European Central Bank-IMF proposal (the so-called troika), will Greece stay in the Eurozone? If so, Greece may save the euro. Why is this choice even necessary when … Continue reading

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