Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

Friday, February 03, 2017 11:15 am
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

In contrast to the dramatic recent changes in Washington, the January employment report from the Labor Department includes some familiar themes.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 4:44 pm
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

A report prepared for the Federal Reserve’s upcoming interest rate meeting indicates the economy is on course.

Friday, January 06, 2017 9:57 am
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

The Labor Department says the nation’s unemployment rate rose a tenth of a percent to 4.7 percent in December. Some 156,000 jobs were added to payrolls.

Wednesday, January 04, 2017 4:22 pm
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

In the wake of the election, the Federal Reserve indicates there’s some uncertainty about the future course of interest rates.

Friday, December 02, 2016 11:02 am
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

Unemployment has fallen to a nine-year low, but challenges — including slow wage growth — remain.

Wednesday, November 09, 2016 2:40 pm
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

The election of Donald Trump raises questions about the Fed chair and the next rate hike.

Sunday, November 06, 2016 5:15 pm
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

The October unemployment data is likely to keep the Fed on track toward a December rate hike.

Thursday, November 03, 2016 6:05 am
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

Hiring has been steady, but wage gains have been sluggish. Will this week’s jobs report change that?

Monday, October 31, 2016 6:00 am
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

The Federal Reserve faces something of a timing dilemma: Should it raise interest rates in early November or mid-December? Or at all?

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 4:07 pm
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

The Federal Reserve’s latest economic survey sounds like a familiar but confusing tune.

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