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U.S. Wages At 9-Year High

Popular Economics Weekly MarketWatch.com Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 250,000 in October, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 3.7 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Job gains occurred in health care, in manufacturing, in construction, … Continue reading

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Strong Employment Report Due Tomorrow?

Financial FAQs Graph: Econoday ADP, or Automatic Data Processing, predicts 230,000 private payroll jobs could be created in September per tomorrow’s U.S. unemployment report. The reason is both the manufacturing and non-manufacturing (service) sectors reported strong hiring in their ISM … 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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Homeowners Preserve Rising Home Equity

The Mortgage Corner Graph: MarketWatch/Black Knight American homeowners have amassed a record $6 trillion in equity in their properties, according to a study by real estate data firm Black Knight, a figure boosted by surging home prices and a trend … Continue reading

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What Do Slowing Retail Sales Mean?

Popular Economics Weekly Graph: Econoday Retail sales are slowing this fall, yet consumers’ confidence is at an all-time high. Why are consumers buying less and saving more this season? It could be higher interest rates, as the Fed has raised … Continue reading

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Interest Rates Dangerously Low?

Popular Economics Weekly Graph: FRED Why should historically low interest rates be a problem, you say?  Doesn’t that help consumer demand by enabling consumers to buy more by borrowing more cheaply, and economic growth by encouraging companies to create more … Continue reading

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