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Is the U.S. Economy Heading for Recession in 2016?

According to multiple news sources America is starting the New Year in precarious fashion as several credible economic analysts predict recession in 2016. Evidence of this anxiety is easily demonstrated by the recent and substantial drop in various stock market indices. As of today NASDAQ retracted to its approximate valuation as measured this time one year ago. Fears the global marketplace is facing an impeding hard contraction are growing. In...

Where is the U.S. Economy Heading in 2016 and is Your Job Safe?

U.S. economic prosperity in 2015 is perhaps best described as confusing given stock market volatility, the Fed’s struggle to normalize monetary policy, the lowest labor force participation rate in nearly four decades, and a national debt quickly approaching $19 trillion relative to an unusually robust domestic housing market, a greatly improved national U-3 level unemployment rate, and an encouraging and fairly stable consumer price index (CPI). So what gives? Why...

Fed Raises Rates: Impact on Student Loan Debt Varies

On December 16, 2015, the FOMC took action “to raise the target range for the federal funds rate to ¼ to ½ percent." Debate of assumed outcomes and potential unintended consequences has been the subject of concern for some time with speculation running the gauntlet of possibilities. The rampant rumors surrounding the student loan market is perhaps due to the fact that Federal loans account for a “93%” stake in...

Economy Class Benefits from United’s Freebie Snacks

Apparently senior leadership at United Airlines recognizes this time of year to rejoice and express appreciation for those you care about by once again dishing out free snacks to economy fliers. Wow! After an approximate 7-year hiatus dating back to sometime in 2008, in which United management then decided to nix serving the freebie miniature-sized snack packs to quell the peasants squished together like chickens in an overcrowded henhouse sitting...

Presidential Election Cycle Impacts Business Prosperity

Back in early July 2015 Macy’s leadership denounced GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump for his remarks concerning illegal immigrants. Actions taken by the popular retailer were specific – sever its relationship with Trump immediately and completely. The response by many media outlets, political foes and others was as expected; applause for actions taken to penalize the billionaire real estate mogul. Mr. Trump, however, didn’t take the tongue lashing quietly. In...

Economic Value of Presidential Election Campaigns: Wasted Money?

According to a recent report from NPR, it is estimated a staggering $4.4 billion will be spent on advertising campaigns during the 2016 presidential election cycle. Really? Yes, you heard or read me correctly – $4.4 billion! To quote GOP front runner Donald Trump, that is a HUGE number! This estimation, however, appears inaccurate since the Federal Election Commission reported more than $7 billion was expensed on advertising strategies during...

U.S. Economy: Is Employment Status as Reported by Media Outlets Disingenuous?

According to a report from ABC News, “weekly applications for jobless benefits dropped 12,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 260,000.” The author summarized the article "BIG PICTURE...solid hiring." With the unemployment rate falling to 5 percent the average quasi-informed person might conclude the economic health of the United States is definitely on the correct path to recovery. However, why is the quality of jobs never discussed and why is...

The Growing Economic Consequences of Terrorism

According to the Institute for Economics and Peace, “in 2014 the global economic costs of terrorism reached US$52.9 billion, with a total economic impact of US$105.8 billion.” These alarming stats beg the question, "is the civilized world doing enough to combat terrorism or has the collective interests failed to effectively address this metastasizing cancer?" Obviously lives lost to terrorist actions are without a doubt unconditionally tragic, but rarely do the...