Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

Monday, May 25, 2015 6:05 am
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

Economic reports have been up and down. Will this week bring any clarity?

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 3:41 pm
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

Fed meeting minutes suggest policymakers aren’t eager to take the plunge to higher rates.

Monday, May 18, 2015 6:05 am
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

This week: key updates from the housing market and a fuller look at the Fed’s thinking.

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

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 1:57 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

See if Janet Yellen and the Fed have given new clues on when rock-bottom rates will end.

Monday, April 27, 2015 12:53 pm
By Dr. Don Taylor · Bankrate.com

The yield curve could actually flatten, with longer term bonds benefiting from the tightening with price increases.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 4:23 pm
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

The Federal Reserve relies heavily on the words “modest” and “moderate” in describing economic activity around the country over the past six weeks. The Beige Book economic survey, prepared for the late April meeting of Fed policymakers, points fingers at a variety of factors that have been dampening growth. Some issues, such as the since-resolved

Wednesday, April 08, 2015 4:12 pm
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

Minutes from the most recent Fed meeting indicate there’s disagreement on when to raise rates.

Monday, April 06, 2015 9:00 am
By Jean Chatzky · Bankrate.com

Whether you’re talking interest rates, PMI or new down payment requirements, 2015 may be the last best year to buy. Here’s how to do it right.

Monday, April 06, 2015 6:05 am
By Mark Hamrick · Bankrate.com

This week may bring new clues on when the Fed may step up to the rate plate.

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