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 2, 2013 5:30 pm
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

Sales over Thanksgiving weekend declined from last year, even though many stores opened on Thanksgiving.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013 6:05 am
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

Consumer confidence has dropped again. But how will that affect Black Friday spending and sales?

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Monday, November 25, 2013 1:49 pm
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

Some retailers are looking to get a jump on holiday sales by opening on Thanksgiving.

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Friday, November 22, 2013 4:09 pm
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

The economy has performed better than expected lately. That’s partly because expectations were low.

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Monday, November 18, 2013 11:21 am
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

Will Washington fail again? A fresh series of budget deadlines is fast approaching.

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Friday, November 8, 2013 1:59 pm
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

The Labor Department’s October jobs report shows little impact from the 16-day partial government shutdown.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013 12:35 pm
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

The Labor Secretary says the government shutdown weighed heavily on employers but urges Americans to remain hopeful about the economy.

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Friday, November 1, 2013 4:06 pm
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

Consumer and voter sentiment has dropped. Signals are mixed whether that’s hurting the economy.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013 10:51 am
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

The government says inflation is under control. But what you see could be different.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013 12:03 pm
By Polyana da Costa · Bankrate.com

The September jobs report points to a crawling economy.

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