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.
Friday, December 13, 2013 12:10 pm
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

The House of Representatives has forged past an increasingly bitter Republican divide and approved a budget bill with strong bipartisan support. The vote of 332-94 sets the stage for consideration by the Senate next week. If approved there as anticipated, President Barack Obama is expected to sign the bill into law. The most important feature

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013 2:57 pm
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

House and Senate negotiators have reached agreement on a federal budget aimed at avoiding government shutdowns through next year.

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Friday, December 6, 2013 3:00 pm
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

Holiday wishes come true as the unemployment rate drops and jobs are added to the economy.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013 4:24 pm
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

The government Friday releases the November jobs report. Here’s what we’ll be looking out for.

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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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