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Retail Sales Strengthen Q4 Growth

The Mortgage Corner FRED It looks like consumers came through during the holidays, as retail sales jumped 0.3 percent in December and are up 3.5 percent from a year ago, per the above FRED (St. Louis Fed) graph. It might … Continue reading

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December Job Formation Slipping

Popular Economics Weekly MarketWatch This MarketWatch graph gives an instant picture of December payroll formation. The consumer-driven service sector is booming with more than 154,000 nonfarm payroll jobs created in December, but 19,000 jobs were lost in the Mining and … Continue reading

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What Happened to Main Street?

Popular Economics Weekly FRED The main reason we have suffered from historically slow growth and stagnated wages since the Great Recession is in large part due to so-called trickle-down economics, the fallacy that concentrating most of the largess of economic … Continue reading

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Record Income Inequality = U.S. Credit Downgrade?

Financial FAQs Graph: MarketWatch The current debate whether the U.S. will escape the ‘new normal’ of slower economic growth since the Great Recession (when homeowners lost a collective $9 trillion in value) is taking a new turn with Moody’s Investor … Continue reading

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