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It’s not the Big Mac Index…But $

It’s not the Big Mac Index…But  $

McDonald’s reported earnings for the second quarter today and the company took a big hit. As is our policy with all corporations, we only run financial news when it pertains…

Why Are People Worried About Inflation? $

Why Are People Worried About Inflation?  $

This is more than a rhetorical question. Of course we all know what makes inflation such an issue. The price hikes that are triggered by an inflation spike will affect…

What Would Change the Oil Price Situation $

What Would Change the Oil Price Situation  $

First, a review of the year in fuel pricing and some of the more salient factors. The expectation at the beginning of 2014 was that fuel pricing would be lower…

Be Careful How you Read the Signs – on a Positive Note

Be Careful How you Read the Signs – on a Positive Note

Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen yesterday delivered the Fed’s news: the US economy was being downgraded from a projection of 2.8% growth to 2.1% in 2014 with additional systemic risk. On…

US Leading Economic Indicators Rise in April $

US Leading Economic Indicators Rise in April $

The Conference Board released its Leading Economic Indicator Index and it showed that conditions improved in April.…

The Mood of the Fed $

The Mood of the Fed  $

The last few years have been tumultuous at best. There has been an unusual level of discord and confusion at the Congressional level – something that the business community has…

Existing Home Sales Rebound in April $

Existing Home Sales Rebound in April  $

Existing home sales in April rose 1.3% to an annualized rate of 4.65 million; this was up from 4.59 million in March. But…

Homebuilder Confidence Drops $

Homebuilder Confidence Drops  $

The crazy economic news continued and increased the confusion among analysts and economists on Thursday. The National Home Builders Association said that its latest home builder confidence index fell a…

The Inflation Figure Driving the Stock Market Down

The Inflation Figure Driving the Stock Market Down

The PPI and CPI figures for April were both higher and very close to the Federal Reserve’s target rate of 2%. Core consumer prices rose by .2% (this strips out…

Philly Fed Index Stays Strong

Philly Fed Index Stays Strong

The Philly Fed Business Conditions index came in at 15.4 in May, this down just slightly from 16.6 in April but ahead of expectations for a reading of 14.3. Note…

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