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.
Monday, May 2, 2016 6:05 am
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

A survey from CareerBuilder.com finds 67% of employers plan to hire recent graduates.

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Monday, April 18, 2016 8:00 am
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

The bulk of this week’s economic reports will put the focus right at home. When we last checked on existing home sales, the National Association of Realtors told us they dropped by a surprisingly sharp 7.1% from January to February, though sales remained slightly above year-ago levels. One reason for constrained home sales, both new

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016 5:24 pm
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

The International Monetary Fund downgrades the outlook for global economic growth, citing diminished momentum in the U.S. and Japan among the reasons.

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Tags: economy, gnews, news
Monday, April 11, 2016 1:14 pm
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

As Tax Day looms, the Panama Papers shed light on the tax avoidance efforts of the rich and famous.

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Friday, April 1, 2016 10:22 am
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

Job creation has proceeded slowly and steadily for many months now. On the positive side, the long economic recovery, dating back to the summer of 2009, appears to be sustainable. While at first glance, the slight increase in the unemployment rate to 5% might appear to be negative, it happened as more people were in

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Thursday, March 31, 2016 9:55 am
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

There’s virtually universal agreement that the job market can still do better than this.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016 2:53 pm
By Holden Lewis · Bankrate.com

The Federal Reserve probably will raise rates slowly, and over several years, Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen says.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016 4:41 pm
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

The calendar tells us winter is over. Are there any signs that the key spring home-selling season is beginning to bloom now that we’ve seen this week’s twin reports on home sales? It is a mixed picture, as it turns out. “The housing market is improving, though in fits and starts and not uniformly across

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016 3:11 pm
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

At a major economic conference this week, the 2016 presidential election and its big consequences for the U.S. economy, were a big topic of discussion.

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Friday, March 4, 2016 11:26 am
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

For the financial markets, this better-than-expected February employment report is akin to a Goldilocks story: not too hot, not too cold. The jobless rate held steady at 4.9% even as more people jumped into the job market.

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