Tag Archives: Leading Economic Indicators

Motor Vehicles, Housing Will Power 2016 Economy

Popular Economics Weekly Even though Q1 2016 GDP growth looks weak for a number of reasons (such as lower exports and slumping oil prices that depress energy sector earnings), there are reasons it can go higher in 2016. Oil prices … Continue reading

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Record Post-Recession Home Sales, Construction, Case-Shiller Prices in July

The Mortgage Corner With all the bad news coming from the stock market, it’s good to know that this hasn’t affected the housing market. In fact, it’s pushing interest rates lower, so that a conforming 30-year fixed mortgage rate has … Continue reading

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Conference Board’s Leading Economic Indicators Near Highs

Financial FAQs The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for the U.S. increased 0.6 percent in November to 105.5 (2004 = 100), following a 0.6 percent increase in October, and a 0.8 percent increase in September. It is a further … Continue reading

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Consumers Key to Future Growth

Popular Economics Weekly The February unemployment report gives a big boost to predictions for 2013 growth. The unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent, and some 236,000 nonfarm payroll jobs were added to the workforce (246,000 private payroll jobs, less 10,000 … Continue reading

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Better Growth and Jobs Ahead?

Popular Economics Weekly The U.S. economy is now growing faster than the rest of the advanced economies. And the Fed just announced it will discuss a possible expansion of the size of its third round of bond buying (QE3) and … Continue reading

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Increased Consumer Spending a Good Sign

Financial FAQs The most recent retail sales show consumers are able to spend more, even as they borrow more. Add to that credit card delinquencies are at an 18-year low, according to credit reporting company Transunion Corp., and we have … Continue reading

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Employment Will Drive Recovery in 2012

Popular Economics Weekly It seems the lingering doubts about better growth in 2012 have nothing to do with reality. Predictions that job growth may have slowed come from a recent uptick in weekly initial jobless claims, but such numbers are … Continue reading

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