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The Winter Pandemic is Coming

Financial FAQs COVIDTrackingProject There is little doubt that this fall and winter will show a surge in pandemic illnesses and deaths. States in the Midwest and South will hurt the most, but also some northern states like Montana, North and … Continue reading

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Unemployment Declines, Modest Hiring

Popular Economics Weekly MarketWatch The economy regained 661,000 jobs in September and the unemployment rate fell for the fifth month in a row to 7.9 percent, the government said Friday. It’s the smallest advance since a recovery began in May, with August … Continue reading

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No Surprises in Q2 GDP. ADP Employment

Financial FAQs FREDGDP The last estimate of Q2 GDP was barely changed, contracting at -31.4 percent vs. -31.7 percent in the second estimate, but that isn’t dampening the stock market, as it looks like the upcoming first estimate of third … Continue reading

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Who Owns America?

Financial FAQs seekingalpha.com Kurt Andersen’s new best seller, Evil Geniuses, The Unmaking of America (2020, Random House), gives a terrific history of the current Gilded Age we are suffering through that has largely benefited Big Business and its enablers. Just … Continue reading

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What is This Election Really About?

Answering the Kennedys’ Call #eisenhower Now is the time to cure our record income and wealth inequality, since it’s not only adversely affecting the most vulnerable during this pandemic—including our mostly low-income essential health care and public safety workers—but overall … Continue reading

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Joblessness to Increase This Fall

Popular Economics Weekly FREDinitialclaims The initial claims for unemployment insurance curve has flattened, rather than continuing to decline as the US economy opens. Not a good sign for future job growth.  Why? The coronavirus infection rate hasn’t declined, in a … Continue reading

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Alas, The Recovery That Was…

Financial FAQs Reuters.com Because the deadline has passed to renew unemployment benefits enacted by the CARES Act, it looks like there will be no quick economic recovery in the fall. I am supposing the recovery could ultimately be shaped like … Continue reading

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When Will Growth Return?

Financial FAQs FRED-MarketWatch The headline decline in Q2 GDP growth only touches the surface of what economic growth to expect this fall and winter. The drop of minus -32.9 percent was inevitable with the pandemic lockdowns, but not the severity … Continue reading

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Consumer Confidence in Decline

Popular Economics Weekly FRED There are a number of reasons that consumers are becoming more fearful after that initial boost of spending with the spring holidays. It’s not only the prospect of a COVID-19 resurgence in the fall when we … Continue reading

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Our ‘Whac-A-Mole’ Recovery

Financial FAQs FREDinitialclaims Initial jobless claim for the week ending were slightly up at 1,416,000 for the week ending July 18, which means that the reversals of business openings as COVID-19 infection rates soar again have flattened the wrong curve—applications … Continue reading

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