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February 01, 2016
5 Products Americans Are Not Buying Anymore
When certain products fall out of favor, the causes and consequences can be far-reaching. Here are five things Americans quit purchasing.
January 19, 2016
5 Things You Should Rent, and Not Buy
Not only is renting cheaper, it’s also more sustainable and eliminates the hassle or storing and moving things you rarely use.
May 23, 2015
5 Things That Are Going to Cost Your Family More This Summer
Consumers will have to reach deeper into their wallets to pay for certain things, like some groceries and travel expenses, in the coming months.
April 23, 2015
5 Things Americans Are Spending Less Money On
Americans spent less money overall in 2013. Some of the biggest decreases were in spending on insurance, clothing and gas.
April 04, 2015
3 Ways to Save Money on Your Next Vacation
The average amount Americans spent on travel has been gradually creeping upwards over the past few years.
November 29, 2014
What Do Politicians Want Americans to Buy This Thanksgiving Weekend?
The importance of Black Friday on the national conscious has not escaped Washington lawmakers.
October 18, 2014
Here’s Why Washington Still Needs to Worry About the Economy
The story painted by GDP data is a general one, and says little about who benefits from this greater economic prosperity.
September 05, 2014
Jobs Friday Brings Bad News, But the Labor Market Will Be Ok
Sometimes economists grossly overestimate. Friday’s jobs report from the Department of Labor took analysts by surprise.
August 21, 2014
Here’s Why August Job Growth Could Be Strong
If the past five weeks can be taken as the beginning of a new trend, then the weekly first time jobless claims are evidence of stabilization.
August 21, 2014
3 Charts Revealing the Weak Consumer
Consumer spending is widely considered to be the lifeblood of the economy.
August 14, 2014
Jobless Claims: Despite Increase, Labor Market Is ‘Having Lift-Off’
Last week's modest uptick in jobless claims is not surprising, nor alarming.
August 08, 2014
Americans Don’t Trust Obama to Fix the Economy
A recent survey revealed that the public is even more concerned about how elected leaders handle the country’s lingering economic problems.
July 31, 2014
Yellen Has Labor Market Blues, But Full Employment Is as Close as 2016
When more people are employed, consumers have more cash at their disposal, meaning more money is being spent and businesses hire more employees.
July 30, 2014
How Does Time Perception Influence Your Money Decisions?
Knowledge is power, unless your perspective on time is creating a mental block toward strong financial health.
July 25, 2014
Labor Market Flashback: How Did Jobless Claims Drop to 2006 Levels?
Last week, the number of Americans filing initial applications for unemployment benefits declined by 19,000 to 284,000, the fewest since February 2006.
July 10, 2014
Are Falling Jobless Claims a Sign June’s Hiring Flurry Wasn’t a Fluke?
Jobless claims -- which serve as a proxy for layoffs -- are once again trending near a seven-year low.
July 09, 2014
Here’s What’s Holding the Economy Back
The economy has been on a roller coaster in the last six months and the outlook is still uncertain.
July 07, 2014
Are Consumers Holding Back or Just Calming Down?
Consumers spent much less on average in June than they did in May, reflecting negative economic sentiment.
July 02, 2014
Here’s Why June Was a ‘Welcome Boost’ for the Labor Market
In June, private sector employment experienced its best growth since November 2012.
June 27, 2014
Does the U.S. Economy Still Have a Demand Problem?
It the wake of the financial crisis, it became clear that weak demand, on the part of both businesses and consumers, was at the heart of the slow economy recovery.
June 27, 2014
Catch-22 Economics: Confidence Falls as Growth Contracts
Where consumers go, the economy follows, and in the first quarter consumers really didn’t go anywhere.
June 26, 2014
Decreasing Jobless Claims: Good News or Just Not Bad News?
Continuing a well-established trend, fewer Americans filed applications for unemployment benefits last week.
June 25, 2014
Should This Recession-Like GDP Growth Worry You?
Once again, government economists found that United States economy was in worse shape in the first-quarter of the year than previously thought.
June 19, 2014
Jobless Claims: Is No News, Good News?
Beating economists expectations, jobless claims decreased 6,000 to 312,000 from the previous week’s upwardly revised 318,000.
June 13, 2014
Consumers Continue to Tread Water in Choppy Economy
Consumer sentiment is off to a weak start this month as Americans are not receiving much relief from financial pressures.
June 11, 2014
Is the Great Recession Over for Small Businesses?
Despite the weak economic conditions still facing much of the country, small businesses felt more optimistic last month than they have in more than six years.
June 06, 2014
3 Stocks for the Upcoming Tourist Season
As millions of Americans prepare for a summer getaway, investors may want to position their portfolios for tourist season.
June 05, 2014
The Unemployment Rate Likely Jumped in May, and That’s OK
Economists expect that job creation slowed last month, and with that loss of momentum, the unemployment rate will also likely tick upward.
May 30, 2014
Consumers Under Attack from Stagnant Wages and Inflation
Consumer sentiment declined this month as many Americans are feeling the financial pressures of stagnant wages and higher inflation.
May 30, 2014
Here’s Why the U.S. Economy Shrank After Three Years of Growth
Government economists determined that GDP did not grow in the first-quarter, but rather contracted at a 1 percent annual rate.