Economics Blog

The Economics Blog focuses on what you need to know about the shifting winds of the economy to help you make the best possible decisions with your money. By asking the kinds of questions you might be asking, we connect with the nation's top economic minds. We seek reaction to the latest news as well as predictions about the outlook. Areas we watch closely include the job market, retail sales and the housing market. Ultimately, these areas affect your financial well-being. See the latest Economics Blog posts below.
Friday, December 2, 2016 11:02 am
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

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

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016 5:49 pm
By Jill Cornfield · Bankrate.com

The Federal Reserve’s final Beige Book for the year has a quietly optimistic tone.

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Thursday, November 17, 2016 11:25 am
By Holden Lewis · Bankrate.com

It looks like a Federal Reserve rate increase next month is practically a done deal.

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Monday, November 14, 2016 4:15 pm
By Jill Cornfield · Bankrate.com

A New York restaurant owner feels squeezed by some burdens on her business and is optimistic that Trump will help her and other small business owners.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016 2:40 am
By Mike Cetera · Bankrate.com

Donald Trump’s victory was a polling surprise, but he has had plans for some time for making a big splash when he enters the White House.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016 6:00 am
By Jill Cornfield · Bankrate.com

The Family Circle cookie poll has correctly forecast the election five out of six times since 1992.

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Sunday, November 6, 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.

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Thursday, November 3, 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?

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016 11:59 pm
By Mike Cetera · Bankrate.com

Look hard and you might see that the debates actually did feature some meaty discussion of the economy.

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Sunday, October 9, 2016 11:50 pm
By Mike Cetera · Bankrate.com

The second presidential debate touched on these economic topics — along with other issues, including character.

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