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 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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Monday, January 11, 2016 6:05 am
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

As the Federal Reserve raises interest rates, should you worry?

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Monday, January 11, 2016 6:05 am
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

Expect the president to highlight economic progress in his final State of the Union speech.

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Friday, January 8, 2016 10:14 am
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

The government’s December jobs report looks really strong, at least on the surface.

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016 6:05 am
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

This week’s employment report may hold clues on how the Fed proceeds with interest rates.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015 6:05 am
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

The new year’s big financial questions involve interest rates, jobs, oil prices and more.

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