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February 05, 2016

“The somewhat slower pace of jobs growth in January is consistent with the slowdown in the economy’s growth in the fourth quarter of 2015,” Polina Vlasenko, a senior research fellow at the American Institute for Economic Research, said in an email. U.S. economic growth fell to 0.7 percent, below the consensus estimate of 0.8 percent.

January 31, 2016

This is why, even with the changes, Luke Delorme, a research fellow with the American Institute for Economic Research (AIER), says “Delaying Social Security benefits until age 70 in order to receive delayed retirement credits is still one of the best deals around.”

January 26, 2016

There is one core tenet to my investment philosophy: Focus on important factors that you can control, and let go of the ones you can’t.

In the exhibit above, these are the factors in the upper right hand corner of the chart and include:

December 18, 2015

Get real about your retirement income. If you don’t already have an estimate for how much money you’ll need in retirement, now is the time to do the math. Many people may be surprised to learn how little income their savings will offer to them in retirement, says Luke Delorme, a research fellow at the American Institute for Economic Research. Sit down with

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December 16, 2015

Normally, raising interest rates is a form of a contractionary monetary policy, meaning that the central bank believes the economy is overheated or strong enough, so that higher rates are necessary to prevent future excessive inflation. But this is not the case today. Inflation has been stubbornly low in the past few years, which is a big concern for the Fed. The FOMC today

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December 14, 2015

Ames, Iowa, is the top-ranked college town in the US, according to a new list from American Institute for Economic Research (AIER).

The city of roughly 60,000 people earned the top spot thanks to its affordable cost of living and ample employment opportunities in the fields of 

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December 11, 2015

Americans say they want cleaner energy, so why are we buying gas guzzling cars again?

By Aaron Nathans at the American Institute for Economic Research

December 09, 2015

Formulating a retirement spending plan. For workers who will rely on savings for most of their retirement income, “crafting an appropriate spending strategy will overwhelmingly determine their success,” writes research fellow Luke F. Delorme on the American Institute for Economic

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December 08, 2015

Figuring out how much money to save for retirement is only the first step. How much can you reasonably spend per year? The answer, says Research Fellow Luke Delorme, is as unique as the retiree.

The American Institute for Economic Research has

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December 03, 2015

Ames tops the college town category in the latest list of Top 75 College Cities and Towns in America complied by the American Institute for Economic Research.

Iowa City comes in at No. 3.

Home to Iowa State University, Ames has a regional population estimated at 92,406.

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December 02, 2015

Treasury yield: Even as the Federal Reserve may be pressing the "up" button on its benchmark federal funds rate, it is worth remembering that the marketplace determines the yield of the 10-year Treasury bond. The average forecast for the 10-year yield is 2.89% a year from now. "The 10-year-Treasury yield will reflect

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December 01, 2015

The American Institute for Economic Research (AIER) recently released a study on college destinations that names Ames as the best college town in the United States.

The study, which was released Nov. 23, ranked the top college towns with a population under 250,000 in the country. Iowa City was ranked third on the list, with Ithaca, N.Y., in second.

November 29, 2015

"The city by the bay" — with its prime access to some of the country's best bars and restaurants, its diverse population, and its wealth of cultural activities — is the top major metropolitan area for college students, according to a new ranking from American Institute for Economic Research (AIER).

The rankings are calculated using 11 criteria

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November 27, 2015

San Diego was named in the top 10 of best college towns in a recent ranking by the American Institute for Economic Research.

In a ranking of the top 15 major metropolitan areas with 2.5 million people, San Diego was ninth on the list of best cities for college students. The rating system weighed the cost of rent, city accessibility, arts and entertainment, bars and restaurants

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November 27, 2015

The Tampa Bay area is the 15th best place in the United States for college students, according to a new ranking from the American Institute for Economic Research.

The group, a nonprofit think tank that focuses on economic trends and personal economics, ranked metropolitan areas on everything

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November 23, 2015

When high school seniors decide which college to attend, the academic and extracurricular offerings of certain universities are usually their top consideration. On Monday, the American Institute for Economic Research released another set of criteria that they may want to contemplate: the best cities for college students.

November 13, 2015

“Most people were not affected,” said AIER President

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November 06, 2015
"The economy has regained momentum just in time for the holiday shopping season," said Bob Hughes, senior research fellow at the American Institute for Economic Research in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.
 
November 05, 2015

The U.S. budget deal includes a provision that seeks to end the file-and-suspend and restricted claiming strategies. I explained these strategies in recent blogs as a way to bring couples upwards of $60,000 more in total Social Security benefits.

November 05, 2015

You’re more vulnerable if you’re an old hand, but a total career change is risky too. “The idea of following your passion sounds great, but it’s difficult to pull off,” says Stephen Adams, president of the American Institute for Economic Research. A coach can help you identify ways to capitalize on your experience. Ask your peers for one who knows your field. An initial meeting should be free

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