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Is 4% GDP Growth Real?

Popular Economics Weekly Graph: Econoday Many economists, including Trump economic advisor Larry Kudlow, are predicting up to 4 percent economic growth over the next few quarters. Why? Full employment is enticing consumers to buy more, with booming retail sales and … 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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The Economic Consequences of Too Much Inequality

Financial FAQs A new report released by the World Economic Forum, ranks rising inequality as the top trend facing the globe in 2015, according to a survey of 1,767 global leaders from business, academia, government and non-profits, many of whom … Continue reading

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IMF Report—Europe Is Becoming Japan

Financial FAQs The International Monetary Fund doesn’t want to say it outright, but its latest World Economic Outlook shows more stagnation of the European and Japanese economies, and the possibility of a third EU recession since 2008. Could the EU … Continue reading

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Who Are the Real Takers?

Popular Economics Weekly We have been there before. The Census Bureau reported that the poverty rate fell in 2013, the first drop since 2006. It fell to 14.5 percent, down from 15 percent in 2013, but 45.3 million people are … Continue reading

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When is Higher Inflation Good?

Financial FAQs The short answer is that higher inflation comes from higher growth rates, and so when an economy expands faster, then prices should also rise faster. Otherwise companies’ profits don’t rise and they won’t want to expand their businesses … Continue reading

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Why Have a Higher Minimum Wage?

Popular Economics Weekly The International Monetary Fund just came out with a depressing prognosis for US economic growth—2 percent this year, and maybe 3 percent next year? Why? A too bad winter, slowdown in the housing market, and stagnant wages. … Continue reading

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New-Home Sales Answer to RE Recovery?

The Mortgage Corner Privately-owned housing starts in March were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 946,000. This is 2.8 percent above the revised February estimate of 920,000, but is 5.9 percent below the March 2013 rate of 1,005,000. Single-family … Continue reading

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U.S. Economy Is In Recovery

Popular Economics Weekly I mentioned last week that the U.S. economy is now growing faster than the rest of the developed world. How can that be, you say, with all the election propaganda saying the recovery has been a failure?  … Continue reading

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