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.
Thursday, May 29, 2014 12:12 pm
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

A report showing a very weak economic performance during the first quarter is already being discounted.

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014 2:09 pm
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

Winter may have ended, but weak retail numbers show many merchants still felt a chill in April.

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Friday, May 2, 2014 11:40 am
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

The government’s latest jobs report shows a big warm-up in hiring after a not-so-hot winter.

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014 1:55 pm
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

Economic growth was a squeaker during the first quarter, but the near future looks brighter.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014 3:35 pm
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

It’s still mostly quiet on the inflation front, and that’s not necessarily a good thing.

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Friday, April 4, 2014 3:41 pm
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

The latest employment reading shows that the job market is moving forward, but in a lower gear.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014 5:54 pm
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

The next report may answer questions about weather, the Fed and business stockpiles of “stuff.”

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Monday, March 24, 2014 3:31 pm
By Steve Bucci · Bankrate.com

College students need to be better educated about the risks they’re accepting.

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Monday, March 10, 2014 4:19 pm
By Steve Bucci · Bankrate.com

Consumers are flocking to lenders for mortgages, credit cards and auto loans.

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Friday, March 7, 2014 3:28 pm
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

The Labor Department says 175,000 jobs were added last month, while the unemployment rate rose.

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