Tag Archives: Federal Reserve

Why Raise Interest Rates Now?

Financial FAQs The Federal Reserve is warning about the consequences of the just passed tax reform bill, which includes adding some $1.5 trillion to the federal debt in ten years. New York Fed President William Dudley says it will put … Continue reading

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Housing Market Is Booming!

The Mortgage Corner Both new and existing-home sales are highest since the end of the Great Recession, thanks to interest rates that are still at historical lows, and in spite of the Fed’s latest 0.25 percent rate hike. It looks … Continue reading

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Treasury Yield Curve Too Flat, As Fed’s Raise Interest Rate

Popular Economics Weekly The Federal Reserve FOMC meeting ended with the predicted 0.25 percent rate hike; but it’s happening at the wrong time.  This is the rate that controls credit card interest and the Prime Lending Rate banks use on … Continue reading

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Another Great Jobs Report

The Mortgage Corner Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 228,000 in November, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.1 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Employment continued to trend up in professional and business services, manufacturing, … Continue reading

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Dear Fed—Please Don’t Raise Interest Rates Again!

Popular Economics Weekly The Federal Reserve FOMC meeting this week is expected to conclude with another 0.25 percent rate hike; but it’s happening at the wrong time.  This is the rate that controls credit card interest and the Prime Lending … Continue reading

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Tightening Credit = Bad Economic News (Revised)

Popular Economics Weekly When is the next financial crisis? A Deutsche Bank study predicts it could be sooner than we know, as I said last week. Because the Federal Reserve reiterated its intent to begin to sell off the $4.5 … Continue reading

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Bad News for Workers = Bad Economic News!

Popular Economics Weekly Personal incomes have been increasing just 2.5 percent on average for several years. The problem is that’s not adequate GDP growth to pay down the $10 trillion in worldwide debt that’s been issued since 2008 to get … Continue reading

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