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, 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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Thursday, March 3, 2016 6:02 am
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

The February jobs report due from the Labor Department tomorrow will give us a fresh indication as to whether the U.S. economy is being slowed down by a combination of rock-bottom energy prices and market turbulence overseas.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016 5:56 pm
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

College president pay can reach into the stratosphere, but a Cleveland Fed study finds cutting it may not be enough to reduce costs for beleaguered students.

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Tags: Economics, news
Monday, February 8, 2016 4:03 pm
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

Yellen’s words always carry weight with investors, but her testimony before Congress this week will be scrutinized even more than usual.

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Friday, February 5, 2016 11:18 am
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

The U.S. economy fumbled on job growth in January, but managed to move the ball somewhat on wage growth, making any Fed rate hike a likely game-time decision.

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Tags: Economics, news
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 1:05 pm
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

Economists are upbeat about this week’s jobs report, despite financial market woes.

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