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Mortgage Originations Declined - Lowest Level Seen Since 3Q2014
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York's Center for Microeconomic Data issued its Quarterly Report on Household Debt and Credit, which shows that total household debt increased by $124 billion (0.9%) to $13.67 trillion in the first quarter of 2019.
April 2019 CBO Monthly Budget Review: Spending Up By 7 Percent In The First Seven Months Of Fiscal Year
The federal budget deficit was $531 billion for the first seven months of the fiscal year 2019, the Congressional Budget Office estimates, $145 billion more than the deficit recorded during the same period last year.
The Problem With The Supply Curve
In his book Debunking Economics: The Naked Emperor of the Social Sciences (link) Steve Keen uses a 1952 paper to make a very important point about neoclassical economics: There is a problem with the supply curve.
Marginalist Microeconomics As Authoritarian Poison
Some argue that the problems with economics today are mainly to do with the macro side, not the micro side, since the macros failed to see the crisis. But this is a dubious argument at best.
Who Benefited From Tax Reform?
Characterizations of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act have followed agendas - its opponents maintaining it is a bill for the wealthy, and its supporters arguing that the bill fairly satisfies all economic levels.
Trends In Household Debt And Credit
Since the onset of the 2008 financial crisis, consumer financial and borrowing behavior, once considered a relatively quiet little corner of finance, has been of enormously increased interest to policymakers and researchers alike.
The Keynesian Growth Approach To Macroeconomic Policy And Productivity
Productivity is one of the key determinants of potential output - that is, the trend level of production consistent with stable inflation.
Switching To Electric Vehicles Could Save The US Billions, But Timing Is Everything
Today, less than 2 percent of the vehicles Americans buy are electric. But within the next three decades, some automotive industry experts expect electric vehicles could make up the majority of U.S. and global car sales.
Home Price Growth Continues Slide In Early 2019
According to the latest S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller National Home Price Index, home prices in the United States grew by 4.3 percent in January.
March 2019 Small Business Optimism Improved Modestly
The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index increased 0.1 points to 101.8 in March, a historically strong level and an indication that small businesses continue to power the economy after being briefly shaken by January's government shutdown.
March 2019 Job Cuts: Highest Quarterly Total Since Q3 2015
U.S.-based employers announced plans to cut 60,587 jobs from their payrolls in March, down 21% from the 76,835 cuts announced in February.
How Rich Are You?
What does it means to be "Poor", "Middle Class" or Rich?
Expected Weakness Materializes
The S&P 500 spiked up to 2860 on March 21 before selling off sharply on March 22 and closing at 2800.47.
When Quantitative Tightening Is Not Quantitative Tightening
After a lengthy period of operating at the zero lower bound and three rounds of large-scale asset purchases, the Fed began its normalization of monetary policy in recent years.
January 2019 Headline New Home Sales Declined
The headlines say new home sales declined and continues in contraction. Median and average sales prices marginally declined - and the backlog of unsold homes declined.
February 2019 Consumer Expectations: Inflation Expectations Edge Down After Holding Steady For Ten Months
Expectations about the U.S. unemployment rate improved, while job finding and job loss expectations remained stable.
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