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U.S. Adds 273,000 Jobs as Economy Braces for COVID-19 Impacts

This morning's jobs report shows the United States economy adding an incredibly strong number of jobs during the short (but one-day longer than normal) month of February. Moreover the underline unemployment rate fell once again. However it seems difficult for economists to focus on that when several unknowns threaten to...

Federal Reserve Cuts Interest Rates as COVID-19 Spreads

When the United States Federal Reserve cut interest rates by a quarter-point in October, it was expected that no further cuts would occur in 2020. However, with the novel coronavirus — officially known as COVID-19 — threatening the global economy, the Fed made the rare move of adjusting their benchmark...

Morgan Stanley to Acquire E*Trade

When Charles Schwab announced it was lowering its trade fees to $0 — following the lead of FinTech startups like Robinhood — it was clear that a shake up to the brokerage industry was underway. Sure enough, within days, several other firms including TD Ameritrade, E*Trade, and others revealed that...

Fidelity Finds Average Retirement Balances Hit Record High in 2019

During his State of the Union address a couple of weeks back, President Donald Trump continued to tout the strength of the United States economy. Indeed the stock markets did have a strong (albeit bumpy at times) year in 2019 — but how does that impact the average American? Well,...

Total U.S. Household Debt Tops $14 Trillion

Over the past several years, as the economy has continued to grow, so has the total amount of debt that Americans have taken on. While housing may make up the bulk of this debt, car loans, credit cards, and student loan debts are also on the rise. In fact, as...

United States Economy Gains 225,000 Jobs in January

This morning the first jobs report for 2020 was released — and it looks like the year is off to a running start. As CNN Business reports, the United States economy added an impressive 225,000 jobs during the month of January. That easily tops the 160,000 jobs expected by economists...

Delta Announces Major Profit-Sharing Bonuses for Employees

As the United States economy has continued to expand and executive compensation has expanded with it, income inequality has become a more high-profile topic. While that's partially because of the latest election cycle and the controversial 2017 tax bill, grassroots minimum wage hike efforts and the like have also played...

Average Experian FICO Score Reaches Another New High

This just in: Americans are continuing to improve their credit. According to Experian's 2019 Consumer Credit Review, the average FICO credit score now sits at 703. In addition to that being up two points from last year, it also marks a new record. More impressively, since 2010, the average has...