Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

Sunday, May 07, 2017 5:49 pm
By Holden Lewis · Bankrate.com

The April employment wasn’t surprising. Mortgage rates will remain low.

Sunday, April 09, 2017 7:36 pm
By Holden Lewis · Bankrate.com

Job creation has cratered. You should float your mortgage rate and consult your loan officer.

Sunday, October 09, 2016 5:00 pm
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

September’s disappointing hiring wasn’t weak enough to derail a likely December rate hike.

Friday, May 06, 2016 2:01 pm
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

April job growth was more anemic than before. The question is whether the economy will hit a more dramatic slow patch in the months ahead.

Friday, April 01, 2016 10:22 am
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

Job creation has proceeded slowly and steadily for many months now. On the positive side, the long economic recovery, dating back to the summer of 2009, appears to be sustainable. While at first glance, the slight increase in the unemployment rate to 5% might appear to be negative, it happened as more people were in

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, November 04, 2015 6:05 am
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

Here are a half-dozen things to be on the lookout for in Friday’s employment report for October.

Monday, October 19, 2015 6:05 am
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

In this Bankrate podcast, we get dead serious about Halloween prices — and jobs.

Friday, May 08, 2015 2:51 pm
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

The worst fears about the economy were not confirmed by the Labor Department’s April jobs report. After a horrible-looking report last month, the economy appears to be growing again. We will not call it a Goldilocks employment report, but the Big Bad Wolf isn’t knocking at the door either. The numbers The unemployment rate dropped

Monday, May 04, 2015 8:30 am
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

In this podcast: Why job satisfaction is rising, and whether teens will find summer jobs.

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