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Yellen: The Economic Outlook and the Conduct of Monetary Policy

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Yellen: The Economic Outlook and the Conduct of Monetary Policy

From Fed Chair Janet Yellen: The Economic Outlook and the Conduct of Monetary Policy In my remarks today, I will review the considerable progress the economy has made toward the attainment of the two objectives that the Congress has assigned to the Federal Reserve–maximum employment and price stability. The upshot is that labor utilization...
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Wednesday: CPI, Industrial Production, Homebuilder Survey, Beige Book, Yellen Speech

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Wednesday: CPI, Industrial Production, Homebuilder Survey, Beige Book, Yellen Speech

From Matthew Graham at Mortgage News Daily: Mortgage Rates Back Near 2-Month Lows Mortgage rates moved lower today, generally recovering the losses seen last Friday. This brings many lenders back in line with the lowest levels since November 17th, although last Wednesday (Jan 11)...
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The Secret of Financially Happy Couples

The Secret of Financially Happy Couples

We are all too familiar with the sobering statistics on marriage.  Around 50% of marriages end in divorce, and oftentimes the root of all that unhappiness is money. But there’s some good news on the horizon.  According to a recent study by Ameriprise, “a...
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Krugman: “Infrastructure Delusions”

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Krugman: “Infrastructure Delusions”

From Professor Krugman: Infrastructure Delusions Ben Bernanke has a longish post about fiscal policy … Notably, Bernanke, like yours truly, argues that the fiscal-stimulus case for deficit spending has gotten much weaker, but there’s still a case for borrowing to build infrastructure: When I...
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Question #1 for 2017: What about fiscal and regulatory policy in 2017?

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Question #1 for 2017: What about fiscal and regulatory policy in 2017?

Late last year I posted some questions for 2017: Ten Economic Questions for 2017. I’ll try to add some thoughts, and maybe some predictions for each question. 1) US Policy: There is significant uncertainty as to fiscal and regulatory policy in 2017. This is...
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Question #3 for 2017: Will job creation slow further in 2017?

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Question #3 for 2017: Will job creation slow further in 2017?

Late last year I posted some questions for 2017: Ten Economic Questions for 2017. I’ll try to add some thoughts, and maybe some predictions for each question. 3) Employment: Through November1, the economy has added almost 2,000,000 jobs this year, or 180,000 per month....
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The Four Profit Centers That Make Real Estate The Most Powerful Investment

The Four Profit Centers That Make Real Estate The Most Powerful Investment

You’ll often hear people say that they don’t like real estate because if you look at the long-term returns of the stock market, it seems to have a better return over the long-term. Of course, when they say this, they are leaving a few...
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Question #5 for 2017: Will the core inflation rate rise in 2017? Will too much inflation be a concern in 2017?

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Question #5 for 2017: Will the core inflation rate rise in 2017? Will too much inflation be a concern in 2017?

Late last year I posted some questions for 2017: Ten Economic Questions for 2017. I’ll try to add some thoughts, and maybe some predictions for each question. 5) Inflation: The inflation rate has increased a little recently, and some key measures are now close...
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Schedule for Week of Jan 8th

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Schedule for Week of Jan 8th

This will be a light week for economic data. The key economic report this week is December Retail Sales. —– Monday, Jan 9th —–10:00 AM ET: The Fed will release the monthly Labor Market Conditions Index (LMCI). 3:00 PM: Consumer credit from the Federal...
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