Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

Monday, April 18, 2016 8:00 am
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

The bulk of this week’s economic reports will put the focus right at home. When we last checked on existing home sales, the National Association of Realtors told us they dropped by a surprisingly sharp 7.1% from January to February, though sales remained slightly above year-ago levels. One reason for constrained home sales, both new

Tuesday, March 08, 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.

Friday, March 04, 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.

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.

Tags: Economics, news
Monday, February 08, 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.

Friday, February 05, 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.

Tags: Economics, news
Monday, September 23, 2013 5:45 am
By Holden Lewis · Bankrate.com

The message is “one one hand … on the other hand” for all of our guests as they discuss the economic outlook for 2014, mortgage rates, health insurance and garage sales.

Monday, September 09, 2013 5:05 am
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

Recalling the experience of the 2007-2008 financial crisis, we don’t want excitement. Maybe we should just be happy with bland for a while.

Friday, September 06, 2013 4:00 pm
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

On the surface, August jobs numbers released by the Labor Department might seem OK. But they’re not what one wants to see at this point in an economic recovery.

Monday, August 05, 2013 5:40 am
By Holden Lewis · Bankrate.com

Jeff Bartlett, deputy auto editor for Consumer Reports, explains whether he believes the impressive Impala is an outlier in the General Motors family, and how he measures affordability.