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, December 7, 2015 6:05 am
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

Hear why gas prices may go even lower, and find out how consumers feel about their finances.

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Friday, December 4, 2015 10:08 am
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

A healthy jobs report means it’s beginning to look a lot like a pre-Christmas rate hike.

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Monday, November 23, 2015 6:05 am
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

A Toys R Us executive talks about the top holiday toys; a survey looks at investing by age group.

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Monday, November 16, 2015 6:05 am
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

U.S. labor secretary tells Bankrate wages are growing. So why isn’t he completely satisfied?

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Monday, November 16, 2015 6:05 am
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

This week brings news about housing and an update on what the Fed may be thinking.

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Monday, November 9, 2015 6:05 am
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

In this podcast, get the lowdown on electric vehicles and a new type of investment vehicle.

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Monday, November 9, 2015 6:05 am
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

Despite low unemployment & high wage growth, it could be a slow holiday shopping season.

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Friday, November 6, 2015 11:07 am
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

October saw a strong job report and more wage growth. Will the Fed act on interest rates?

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015 6:05 am
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

Here are a half-dozen things to be on the lookout for in Friday’s employment report for October.

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Monday, November 2, 2015 6:05 am
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

This week’s jobs report could help determine if the Fed raises interest rates in December.

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