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It’s the Consumers Turn

Popular Economics Weekly We know that consumers will continue to push economic growth this fall and winter for several reasons. Firstly, the Bureau of Labor Statistics monthly JOLTS report showed 3.6 million job openings (yellow line), and more than 4 … Continue reading

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Consumers Back on Track?

Financial FAQs The one sector of the economy that can revive growth—consumers—look to finally believe the Great Recession is over. Consumer sentiment unexpectedly rose to its highest in five years in October as consumers became more optimistic about the economy … Continue reading

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Builder Confidence Soars in 2012

The Mortgage Corner WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Home builder confidence in the market for new single-family homes climbed in February for the fifth straight month to reach the highest level in more than four years, said a Marketwatch headline. And there … Continue reading

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Mortgage Applications-Builder Optimism Rising

The Mortgage Corner Are homebuyers and borrowers finally realizing that mortgage rates might not fall much further? We are seeing a huge jump in both mortgage and builder activity, and much of the most recent interest rate drop has been … Continue reading

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Consumers Regaining Financial Health

Popular Economics Weekly Consumers are spending for the holidays. Retail sales in particular have rebounded to almost pre-recession levels. Overall retail sales in November grew 0.2 percent, following a 0.6 percent boost in October (originally up 0.5 percent) and a … Continue reading

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Productivity Soaring–Where Are the Jobs?

Financial FAQs In spite of Mideast unrest (when was it restful?), and the massive snow job hitting most of the U.S. (the biggest storm of the century?) the output of goods and services continues to improve. Businesses through the fourth … Continue reading

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