Economic News

U.S. and China Reach "Phase One" Trade Deal

After more than a year of heightened tensions, back-and-forth tariffs, and plenty of near misses, it seems that the United States and The People's Republic of China have reached a preliminary trade deal. As a result both nations are calling off new rounds of tariffs that were set to go...

U.S. Economy Adds 266,000 Jobs in November

It may be hard to believe but we're already in the last month of the decade — a decade that's economically been defined by recovery and growth. Therefore it only seems appropriate that the last jobs report to be released in 2019 would once again show encouraging results. As Axios...

Charles Schwab Reportedly Eying Purchase of TD Ameritrade

The discount brokerage industry as we know it is rapidly changing. Not only have FinTechs like Robinhood and others disrupted the market but, more recently, several well-established firms made some major changes of their own. Now another big evolution could be in the works as CNBC reports that Charles Schwab...

Redfin Finds New Home Sales Up, Prices Down in Q3 2019

As the Fed continues to cut interest rates little by little, there's been a renewed interest in what's happening with the housing market of late. Luckily the real estate site Redfin has just released their home sales report for the third quarter of 2019. First up, Redfin's data show new...

IRS Increases Standard Deduction, Tax Bracket Incomes for 2020

Everyone knows that tax season doesn't really get underway until at least February as citizens scramble to complete their returns before April. However, with the end of the calendar year just ahead, the Internal Revenue Services — better known by the simple initials IRS — is already talking taxes. This...

Grocery Chain Reverses Swipe Fee-Related Visa Card Ban

After months of turning away Visa cards at their Foods Co. and Smith's locations in several states, the chains' parent company Kroger has announced that Visa will once again be accepted at all of its stores. Although a spokesperson for the company confirmed the news to Business Insider, they declined...

Study Ranks States Best-Equipped to Weather a Recession 3

If you've been paying any attention to financial news over the past several months, you've undoubtedly heard talk about a potential recession on the horizon. With the United States currently in its longest-ever period of economic expansion, it's only logical to speculate on when our good fortunes might taper off....

Politics, Trade Plague the Markets Once Again

After an up and down week, Friday is proving to be a volatile day on the markets once again. Per usual the reasons behind the rocky ride are numerous, although in this case they can mostly be narrowed down to two things: political and trade threats. In fact those two...