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.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 5:43 pm
By Jill Cornfield · Bankrate.com

If the Fed were seen as aggressive with rates, it could lead to a faster market slowdown, too.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017 3:11 pm
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

Minutes released from the most recent meeting, which ended Feb. 1, indicate policymakers are clearly focused on the possibility of raising rates “fairly soon,” as they say.

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Friday, February 3, 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.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017 10:40 am
By Mike Cetera · Bankrate.com

Gorsuch’s big judicial decisions have favored religious freedom over government regulation and state’s rights over the power of the federal government. But how might that impact consumers or their wallets directly?

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Friday, January 27, 2017 3:30 pm
By Mike Cetera · Bankrate.com

If you’re confused about the steps the Trump administration has taken to change the nation’s health care system, you’re not alone.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017 2:40 pm
By Mike Cetera · Bankrate.com

Some of President Donald Trump’s first actions in office have been explicitly about American jobs, as he set in motion changes in trade, energy and regulatory policies.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017 9:30 am
By Jill Cornfield · Bankrate.com

Before you break out champagne, let’s explore what this really means.

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Sunday, January 22, 2017 3:50 pm
By Mike Cetera · Bankrate.com

The new president’s swearing-in made history in several ways.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017 6:00 am
By Mike Cetera · Bankrate.com

Trump will have a clear advantage not enjoyed by all incoming presidents: His party controls the legislative branch.

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Friday, January 6, 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.

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