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Large Budget Deficits Would Boost Federal Debt To Unprecedented Levels Over The Next 30 Years
Each year, the Congressional Budget Office publishes a report presenting its budget projections for the next 30 years. Those extended baseline projections generally reflect current law.
Why Federal Reserve Independence Matters
The Fed’s independence from meddling ensures it can make politically difficult decisions that are in the long-term interests of the overall economy. Yet President Trumps has increasingly tried to exert his influence.
Sustainable Finance: Canada Risks Being Left Behind In Low-carbon Economy
Earlier this spring, the most in-depth analysis to date on Canada’s changing climate provided clear evidence that Canada is warming twice as fast as the global average.
Migrants Will Pay The Price Of Mexico's Tariff Deal With Trump
Mexico is celebrating an agreement avoiding U.S. tariffs as a major political and diplomatic triumph for his government. To keep its goods untaxed, Mexico had to convince President Trump that it was serious about stopping migration.
Will The Fed Cut Fed Funds At The June 19 Meeting?
The slowing in job growth reinforced the expectation that the FOMC may move as soon as the June 19 meeting, after Chair Powell said on June 4 the FOMC would act if necessary to sustain the expansion.
May 2019 Small Business Optimism Roars Back, Rivaling Historic Highs
Small business optimism eclipsed pre-shutdown levels, increasing 1.5 points to 105.0 in May.
New China Tariffs Increase Costs To U.S. Households
Tariffs on $200 billion of U.S. imports from China subject to earlier 10 percent levies increased to 25 percent beginning May 10, 2019, after a breakdown in trade negotiations.
Is The Hot Economy Pulling New Workers Into The Labor Force?
Labor force participation among prime-age workers has climbed over the past few years, reversing from the substantial drop during and after the last recession.
Federal Housing Administration In The Reverse-Mortgage Market
Reverse mortgages let households that have at least one member age 62 or older borrow money by using the equity in their home as collateral. T
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.
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