Tag Archives: Real Disposable Income

GDP Growth Still Below Average

Popular Economics Weekly There is a reason second quarter Gross Domestic Product growth was so weak—up just 1.2 percent, after 0.9 and 0.8 percent upticks in the last 2 quarters. Pundits attributed it to the lack of capital expenditures, whereas … Continue reading

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Future Home Sales Also Soaring

The Mortgage Corner It looks like housing sales this year could return to pre-recession levels (though not into bubble territory), as all 3 major housing stats—existing, new, and now Pending-home sales are off to a good start in 2016. Pending … Continue reading

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Consumers Boost Q1 GDP Growth

Popular Economics Weekly Consumer spending, largely on services, helped hold up first-quarter real GDP which came in at just 0.5 percent rate, but is still up 2 percent YoY. Consumer spending (personal consumption expenditures) rose at a 1.9 percent rate, … Continue reading

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When Is Faster Growth Coming?

Popular Economics Weekly Where is the promised growth, with almost full employment? GDP growth was revised up from 1.5 to 2.1 percent Q2 to Q3, and is up 2.2 percent annually? When, if ever, will it return to the historical … Continue reading

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Economic Recovery Is For Real

Popular Economics Weekly We are already in July, and can now see that the US economic recovery is for real, in spite of the past winter. Even economic growth is picking up, so that second quarter Gross Domestic Product might … Continue reading

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Where is The Inflation??

Financial FAQs The answer, in a nutshell, is it’s nowhere to be found. All current worldwide and domestic inflation indicators show depressed demand for goods and services, hence there is little incentive to raise prices. Therefore businesses are spending little … Continue reading

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Will U.S. Growth Slow in 2013?

Popular Economics Weekly The naysayers are already at it. First Quarter GDP growth was 2.5 percent, slightly below forecasts. So many pundits are now saying it is a repeat of last year and the year before. An initial growth spurt … Continue reading

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How Do We Boost Economic Growth?

Popular Economics Weekly There is a tremendous misunderstanding of how to boost economic growth, and this is hurting the recovery. Conservative politicians want to cut taxes and government services, while progressives want to use government to boost growth. Yet it … Continue reading

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What is the ‘New Normal’?

Popular Economics Weekly There has been much talk of late about the “new normal” of slower economic growth that we may see in coming decades. It is defined by bond trader PIMCO’s Bill Gross as what he calls declining global … Continue reading

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Is Risk a 4-letter Word?

Financial FAQs Barron’s columnist Alan Abelson asked just that question this week after the general decline in stocks, and 900 plus point drop in the DOW. Have investors become so cautious because of Europe’s debt problems and the uncertainty of … Continue reading

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