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Fear of Recession Rises as Wholesale Prices Fall

The Mortgage Corner MarketWatch The wholesale cost of raw and partly finished goods both fell in August and are negative in the past year, suggesting little inflation in the “pipeline,” according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Wholesale inflation has … Continue reading

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Oh, Oh, Retail Sales Also in Decline?

Popular Economics Weekly The effects of the Trump administration’s trade wars are already slowing down consumer spending, not a good sign if Trump maintains tariffs for a longer period, as promised. Econoday.com The US Census Bureau is now reporting a … Continue reading

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Retail Sales Rebound Sign of Higher Growth?

Popular Economics Weekly Sales at U.S. retailers surged in March by the most in a year and a half, the latest in a string of reports suggesting economic growth is picking up after a soft spell of growth earlier in … Continue reading

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Even More Job Openings!

Financial FAQs Calculated Risk The consensus from the Labor Department’s latest JOLTS report is job openings (graph yellow line) keep rising and employers are scrambling to fill them. January’s number of job openings rose 1.4 percent to 7.581 million that … Continue reading

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Why the Record Low Interest Rates?

The Mortgage Corner fred.stlouisfed.org The 30-year fixed rate conforming mortgage rate fell to a 1-year low, according to Freddie Mac, the GSE still in government conservatorship, and major purchaser of conforming conventional mortgages. The 30-year fixed-rate averaged 4.35 percent in … Continue reading

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More Job Creation Coming

Popular Economics Weekly Wrightson-ICAP The number of job openings reached a series high of 7.3 million on the last business day of December, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported yesterday. Over the month, hires and separations were little changed … Continue reading

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Very Strong January Employment

Popular Economics Weekly MarketWatch.com Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 304,000 in January, and the unemployment rate edged up to 4.0 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Job gains occurred in several industries, including leisure and hospitality, construction, … Continue reading

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