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A Gangbusters December Employment Report

Popular Economics Weekly MarketWatch.com Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 312,000 in December, and the unemployment rate rose to 3.9 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Job gains occurred in health care, food services and drinking places, … Continue reading

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Why the Fed’s Obsession With Inflation?

Popular Economics Weekly tradingeconomics.com/FRED The Federal Reserve’s December FOMC statement, said, after increasing their overnight rate another one-quarter percent: “Consistent with its statutory mandate, the Committee seeks to foster maximum employment and price stability. The Committee judges that some further … Continue reading

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Why Isn’t Inflation a Problem?

Popular Economics Weekly us.econoday.com It looks like inflation will no longer be a problem holding back consumer spending for the forseeable future; or in any other economy in the developed world as well. It’s not a problem because economies today … Continue reading

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It’s the Third Largest Housing Boom Ever!

The Mortgage Corner fred.stlouisfed.org The 10-year Treasury bond yield has fallen back to 2.86 percent, which is usually recession territory. And the 30-year conforming fixed rate is 4.125 percent again with a 1-point origination fee. This is unheard of in … Continue reading

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Credit Alert—Interest Rates about to Invert

The Mortgage Corner MarketWatch.com The spread between the 2-year note and the 10-year narrowed 4 basis points to 0.16 percentage point on Monday, its flattest levels since July 2007, according to MarketWatch. The 10-year Treasury yield dropped back below 3 … Continue reading

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Home Sales Rise for the Holidays

The Mortgage Corner Econoday.com Existing-home sales increased in October after six straight months of decreases, according to the National Association of Realtors. Three of four major U.S. regions saw gains in sales activity last month. Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist, … Continue reading

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Higher Interest Rates Ahead?

Popular Economics Weekly Econoday.com The benchmark 10-year Treasury Bond Yield that determines mortgage and other long term rates ended at 3.13 percent today from 3.11 percent last week with the continued stock market selloff. It was as high as 3.22 … Continue reading

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No Need to Fear Inflation, Or Higher Interest Rates

Popular Economic Weekly Calculated Risk The benchmark 10-year Treasury Bond Yield fell back to 3.11 percent today with the stock market selloff, down from as high as 3.22 percent last week. And Gross Domestic Product rose 3.5 percent in Q3’s … Continue reading

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How Severe Will Be The Next Recession?

Financial FAQs Graph: TradingEconomics.com Why are we discussing the possibility of a severe recession when GDP growth is expected to average 3 percent this year, the highest annual average growth rate in several years? Because there is too much federal … Continue reading

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Was There Ever A Soft Landing?

Popular Economics Weekly Graph: MarketWatch/R Shiller “The Federal Reserve has a chance to do something no U.S. central bank has done before, if it can slow the economy and raise the unemployment rate without pushing the economy into recession,” said … Continue reading

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