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Consumer Sentiment Ticks Lower in July

Consumer Sentiment got worse over the course of July rather than improved. The University of Michigan's Consumer Sentiment report was initially shown to be 93.3 in mid-July, but the final ...
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Little to No Inflation in Employment Costs

With Janet Yellen and the Federal Reserve hoping and looking for any good news on higher prices and getting inflation back up to 2% or more, any aspect of pricing ...
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World Population To Reach Over 11 Billion.. In 2100

Very long-term forecasts about anything are a wasted exercise. So much can go wrong to disprove them. That did not keep The U.N.'s Department of Social Economic and Social Affairs ...
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California Saved More Water Than It Had To

The State of California instituted a law which mandated a 25% cut in water use. People and businesses did better than that, with a drop in use of 27.3% in ...
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Increase In Minimum Wage Could Rocket Fast Food Prices Higher By 25%

What will happen if the minimum wage paid by companies which offer fast food moves to $15? Food prices charged by these companies to customers would rise modestly. If that ...
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Q2 GDP Shows Growth, But Not Strong Enough

Investors, economists, and business owners just got to see their first view of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the second quarter of 2015. The US economy grew by 2.3% in ...
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Did Janet Yellen Just Delay Rate Hikes Further?

Janet Yellen and the Federal Reserve's Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) have not made any change in interest rates. Again. While that no-change was expected, there just wasn't really any ...
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Is the Russian Central Bank Smart To Suspend Foreign Currency Buying?

The Central Bank of the Russian Federation, or the Bank of Russia, is again having to deal with currency volatility. While it tries to keep its economy from sliding further ...
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Consumer Confidence Tanks in July

The Conference Board has released its Consumer Confidence reading for the month of July. Confidence came crashing down, likely overshadowed by market volatility from the risks of Greece, China, and ...
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Here’s Why the Chinese Stock Market Will Remain Volatile

The Chinese stock market went into a free fall in Monday’s trading, dipping an amazing 8.5% in one day. Some investors may view this as the ultimate value opportunity, while ...
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Here’s Why the Chinese Stock Market Will Remain Volatile

The Chinese stock market went into a free fall in Monday’s trading, dipping an amazing 8.5% in one day. Some investors may view this as the ultimate value opportunity, while ...
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Could China’s Growth Rates Drop To U.S. Level?

China's GDP growth rate is 7%, and trending downward. The GDP growth rate in the US is expected to be 3% in the third quarter, if forecasts by banks which include ...
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Will the UK Be Hiking Rates at the Same Time as Federal Reserve?

Investors have had years and years now to prepare for a Federal Reserve interest rate hike cycle in the United States. There remains much debate on the magnitude of how ...
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Dallas Fed – Manufacturing Contracted Less in July Than in June

The Texas Manufacturing Outlook Survey from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas showed contraction in the month of July, but not as much contraction as had been seen in the ...
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Will US Q2 GDP Challenge the 3% Growth Mark?

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) will be released on Thursday morning. Bloomberg has the consensus economist estimate as a gain of 2.9% for the second quarter, with a range from economists ...
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