Economic News

Home Mortgage Applications Reached a Nine-Year High Last Week

Despite some parts of the country seeing snow this past week, make no mistake that it is officially spring. That means that, in addition to blooming trees and allergies, it's time for home sales to pick back up after the slower winter season. On that note it seems that the...

President Trump Says Stocks Should Be 10,000 Points Higher, Blames Fed

Even though consensus suggests that Federal Reserve is unlikely to raise interest rates this year, that doesn't mean that President Trump's battle with the agency is cooling any. In fact the war of words has escalated into political action as the President looks to install supporters of his own on...

H&R Block Data Finds Vast Majority of Taxpayers Didn't Update W-4s

With the 2019 tax season now in its final stretch, one of the big stories to emerge has been the shrinking refunds Americans have seen. While anecdotes suggested that most refunds were down, new data from tax prep firm H&R Block (reported on by Marketwatch) shows that they actually increased...

Job Growth Bounces Back in March After Weak February

In February U.S. job gains came in at a surprisingly low 20,000 — or more than 150,000 less than expectations. Despite being revised upwards to 33,000, it remains the weakest month of gains since September 2017. However the just-released March figures show a return to form of sorts, once again...

Study Finds Average U.S. Household Has $8k+ in Credit Card Debt 3

It's sad to say that, for many Americans, credit card debt is just a fact of life. Currently our total outstanding credit card debt tops $1.03 trillion dollars. What's more it seems that attitudes toward debt continue to evolve, leading the majority of adults to admit they'd take on debt...

Universal Basic Income: What It Is and What People Are Saying About It 3

In recent years, universal basic income has been discussed by several notable figures, including Silicon Valley totems Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg as well as political notables like Barack Obama and Bernie Sanders. Yet, while you might assume that, based on those names, UBI was strictly a progressive platform issue,...

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...