Pertinent Category: Daily Economy

Amid a Soft Patch, Some Sweet Relief

– April 5, 2016

We’ve seen a mixed picture of the economy lately, with a good jobs report last week coming amid some concerning signs of core weakness. But some new data provide some reassurance that we may once again be slogging through a soft patch rather than sliding into recession.

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Six (Painful) Ways to Save Social Security

– April 4, 2016

With the Social Security Trust Fund projected to run out of money in 2034, and demographic shifts underway, pressure is slowly growing to find some way to keep the popular program solvent for years to come. In a new brief out today from the American Institute for Economic Research, the authors highlight the six options policymakers have for doing that.

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Jobs Growth Continues, But Uneven Among Industries

– April 1, 2016

The U.S. economy added jobs in March and more people are joining the labor force. Employee earnings continue growing at a decent pace, which bodes well for incomes. However, goods producing industries lost jobs for the second month in a row, a continued area of concern.

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Ask the Economist: Food Stamps and Low Unemployment

– March 31, 2016

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, previously known as food stamps) has about 45 million participants, near historical highs. But unemployment rates have dropped sharply since recession highs in 2009 and 2010.

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Investing: What You Know Might Hurt You

– March 30, 2016

By relying on familiarity as a proxy for a more thorough understanding of these generic medicines, consumers often overspend on name brand medicines. Trusting our intuition instead of relying on objective data can also lead us astray when it comes to investing.       

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Some Noteworthy Core Weakness

– March 29, 2016

Amid a backdrop of a slow global economy and an energy slump, the U.S. economy has managed to keep growing on the back of three core areas within the domestic economy: consumer spending, housing, and business investment. In recent days, we saw indications that one of those three areas has been weakening.

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Teaching Inflation, Using a Day at the Ballpark

– March 28, 2016

Our Teach-the-Teachers program encourages creative ways to explain economic concepts. One alumnus, Steve Estelle, created an especially creative teaching tool: He demonstrated inflation using things purchased during a day at the ballpark.

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Mixed Signals In the Revised GDP Report

– March 25, 2016

The economy grew faster at the end of 2015 than we previously thought, but a deeper look at the data uncovers a mix of good and worrying signs.

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Working Class Americans Deserve a Retirement, Too

– March 24, 2016

Just how high a mountain do working class millennials have to climb when it comes to planning for their future? Sometimes the act of thinking beyond this month’s bills can feel out of reach

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Financial Wellness Isn’t Enough

– March 23, 2016

Financial wellness is a term being used more and more these days, but a big piece of the puzzle is missing. As we at AIER have thought about how to help individuals make choices that safeguard their economic freedom and well-being, we’ve begun instead to use the term economic wellness.

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An Economy, Growing But Vulnerable

– March 22, 2016

The economic outlook is modestly upbeat, but rife with risks. As we approach the seventh anniversary of the end of the worst recession since the Great Depression, the economy has made substantial progress. There are reasons to believe that later this year businesses could feel more confidence in hiring and making other investments. But obstacles remain.

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Corporate Earnings Challenged By Slow Growth

– March 21, 2016

With fourth quarter corporate earnings reports nearly complete, and the beginning of first quarter 2016 earnings reports less than a month away, a final look at the tally suggests corporate earning power remains challenged by slow growth.

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