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Gender Gap Narrows but Isn’t Gone  $

The average woman is earning less than their male counterpart although this is not always the case and there are wide differences according to the sector and the part of…

Rethinking Poverty $

The household income numbers we discussed earlier this week have many trying to determine whether this is really good news. The fact is the 2015 data is far better than…

Small Business Optimism Wanes. $

Small business owners threw us a really strange report in the month of August, and they can arguably be the biggest mover of the national economy (they certainly hire more…

Q3 GDP Trending at 3%. $

The latest economic data has continued to push Q3 GDP downward throughout the quarter. We got a revision to the current forecast that took it from 3.3% to 3%. There were…

Big Surprise in Household Income Data $

The latest numbers from the Census Bureau have created a real stir. The data shows that there has been a gain of 5.2% as far as household income and that…

Why Rates Will Likely Stay Where They Are  % $

The consensus view at the Fed has started to emerge and it is a dovish one. The sense is that rates will stay where they are and not because anybody…

Student Loan Debt $

This has become a bigger and bigger issue over the last few years and has taken an emotional turn as well. The two sides are as divided by what the…

“Never Seen it Like This” $

Chris and I were both speaking in front of large groups of business leaders this week – giving economic insights where possible.   One of the themes that is constant…

Consumer Confidence Improves in August. $

Consumer confidence rebounded in August from 96.7 in July to 101.1.  This was the highest reading since September of 2015 and was much different than analyst expectations for a flat…

Personal Income and Spending In-Line. $

It’s a story that continues, personal income and spending is right in line with expectations and should be a bit more consistent with a 2.5% economic rate of growth. Personal…

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