December 16, 2017 7:22 pm

Japanese Industrial Output Misses Expectations

Industrial output in Japan climbed by just 3.2% in July, missing expectations for 3.6% growth. Earlier, we learened that core consumer prices climbed by 0.7% in July, which was a bit higher than the 0.6% increase expected by economists. Rounding out the data dump was the unemployment rate, which was 3.8% in July. This was […]

This Week’s Economic Calendar Is Pretty Thin

Last week was incredibly busy for economic events, and it ended with a disappointing jobs report and the stock market closing at an all-time high. This week will be far less busy. Perhaps this is a good time for investors to look over the economic data and consider the positioning of their portfolios. Top Stories […]

Student Loan Debt Increases

Student loans increase

A poll by Sallie Mae indicates that parents, nowadays, pay for 27% of their children’s tuition, down from 36%, according to finance.yahoo.com; what does that translate to for college students? Of course, more and more college students have to take on debt to be able to finance their studies. It comes as no surprise that […]

11 Super Depressing Stats About Detroit

Earlier today, Detroit filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy, the largest municipal bankruptcy in history. Municipal bond experts Peter Hayes and James Schwartz of Blackrock published a brief analytical note earlier this month titled “Distress In Detroit.” In it they offered some stats that would make anyone cringe. Here are eleven of them: Detroit’s population has […]

U.S. stocks rise after Bernanke’s announcement

Bernanke announcement

By G+ Author: Elizabeth Steinfeldt. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s announcement in regards to foreseeable economic stimuli drove U.S stocks to an upward rally yesterday. More specifically, the S&P 500 rose 0.4 percent to 1,682.15 at 12:21pm, in New York yesterday. The Dow Industrial Average soared 23.80 points to reach 15,475.65 today. As Stephen Wood, […]

Gold And Treasuries Getting Roughed Up After The Jobs Report

The May jobs report was just released at 8:30 AM ET, and the numbers came in better than expected. The change in nonfarm payrolls was 175,000, better than the 163,000 expected by market economists. The unemployment rate, on the other hand, edged up to 7.6%, versus expectations for an unchanged reading at 7.5%. Markets were […]

In One Chart You’ll See Why Nothing’s Getting Fixed In Europe

Why is nothing major being done to address the massive human tragedy that is the European economy This chart from Danske Bank will give you a good hint. Nothing can get done without the approval of Germany, and frankly, Germany would be insane to mess with the current status quo, given how much its outperforming […]

GOLDMAN: We Just Got A ‘Tantalizing Prospect’ Of Some Really Good News For The US Economy

It was a good week for the economy. Even before Friday’s Non-Farm Payrolls report, we reported that a lot of data was coming in very strong, suggesting at least that the expiration of the Payroll Tax Holiday was not hitting the economy as hard as some had feared. Prior to the jobs report, we saw […]

FINALLY! American Workers Are Starting To See Their Wages Accelerate, For The First Time Since The Crisis

Here’s something that we haven’t seen at all during the crisis aftermath: accelerating wage growth. But check this out. If you look at a year-over-year chart of private sector average hourly wages, you can finally see the first real signs of accelerating wages. Here, let’s zoom in a little more. Here’s the same measure – […]

The 15 Worst US Housing Markets For The Next Five Years

Many analysts agree that home prices have bottomed out. According to the latest data from Fiserv Case-Shiller, National home prices are expected to rise 3.3 percent in the next five years. Of course, there will be many cities that see home prices lag behind the rest of the country. We drew on the Fiserv Case-Shiller […]

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