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Federal Reserve Seems Unlikely to Raise Rate This Year

Over the past year, one recurring economic story has revolved around the Federal Reserve. That’s because the central banking system spent 2018 slowly raising interest rates from their historically low levels — much to the dismay of the President. Although that trend was expected to extend into this year, it...

Despite Recent Dip, Housing Market Looks for Spring Uptick

Winter has never been a popular time to buy to home but a recent dip did have some economists concerned. In January home sales fell 1.2% from the prior month, leading some to ponder whether it was a sign of a larger slowdown. However, as CNN Business reports, analysts have...

February Jobs Numbers Come In Low, Adding Just 20,000

Recent months have shown official job numbers well-exceeding economists expectations — but that was not the case in February. While estimates reported by CNN Business anticipated that data would show the U.S. economy added 180,000 jobs during the shortest month of the year, the Labor Department announced that it actually...

U.S. Trade Deficit Rises to New Record in 2018

Over the past year one of the biggest financial and economic stories has been President Trump’s use of tariffs on goods from China and other countries. Even before becoming President, then-candidate Trump frequently railed against the trade deficits we hold with various nations. However, despite efforts to curtail these deficits,...

Southwest's Hawaiian Entry Tanks Competitor's Stock

After years of waiting, Southwest Airlines is officially headed to Hawaii. Thanks to the longer range of the Boeing 737 MAX 8s that the budget airline has added to its fleet, travelers will soon be able to catch flights from Oakland and San Jose to Honolulu and Kahului. What's more...

2018 GDP Growth Comes Up Short of 3% Goal

For most of us 2018 is already far in the rear-view mirror as we motor through 2019. Of course, following the Bureau of Economic Analysis of the United States Department of Commerce’s release of 2018 gross domestic product (GDP) figures today, those who keep an eye on the U.S. economy...

President Trump Delays Increase to China Tariffs Due to "Substantial Progress"

Since first hitting the campaign trail in 2016, one of the topics that now President Donald Trump has hit one more than nearly any other (save “The Wall”) has been China. Thus, once ascending to the highest office in the land, the president has taken aim at the People’s Republic...

Bankrate Study Finds Credit Card Debt Rising, Emergency Funds Falling

We’ve often heard frightening statistics about how few adults could cover an unexpected expense of only a few hundred dollars. Additionally the amount of credit card debt Americans hold has topped $1 trillion in recent years. Now a new survey by Bankrate has some more bad news: the percentage of...