Economy

Alaska Jobless Rate Is 75% Above National Average

The jobless rate in America has dropped to a five-decade low of 3.5%. In some states, that figure is well below 3%. A notable exception to the trend is Alaska, ...
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Why Negative Interest Rates Are Likely to Remain Through 2020

While the interest rate environment in the United States is still expected to remain stable for most or all of 2020, there are still likely to be negative interest rates ...
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US Drops to Worst Corruption Score in 8 Years

In a report published Thursday, the United States saw its lowest perceived corruption index score since 2012, and it trails far behind the least corrupt nations, Denmark and New Zealand. ...
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Consumer Sentiment Turns Positive Again

The Morning Consult index of consumer sentiment pulled back slightly from a 52-week high set in the final week of December. As of January 19, the consumer index score was ...
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Global Economy Expected to Improve Slightly, Still Constrained: IMF

There are indications that market sentiment is improving as manufacturing activity and global trade show some early signs of life. The global economic growth forecast has softened slightly, largely due ...
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Over Half Of US CEOs See Declining Economy This Year

PricewaterhouseCoopers has issued its 23rd CEO survey. The data was drawn from questions placed to U.S. chief executive officers. The most notable finding is that 62% believe there will be ...
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IMF Turns Negative

The new World Economic Outlook from the International Monetary Fund strikes a positive tone at first. It then piles on all the threats to the global economy, some of which ...
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As US-China Trade Deal Is Signed, China’s Slower Growth Comes Into Focus

It's been said for many years that China has been the world's growth engine. China now claims to have about 1.4 billion people. The nation's gross domestic product (GDP) has ...
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Holiday Retail Sales Growth Were Better Than Many Troubled Retailers Are Suggesting

At the start of every January, many retailers start to release their readings on same-store sales and total sales trends for the holidays. This is the most important reporting of ...
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How $253 Trillion in Total Global Debt Measures Against the United States

It is no secret that the nations of the world have accumulated mountains of debt over time. It is also not just the nations and central banks that have accumulated ...
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$45 Billion in US Weather Losses Is Lowest in 3 Years

There were 14 weather events in the United States last year that caused more than $1 billion each in damage. That's the same total as in 2018 and two fewer ...
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US Greenhouse Gas Emissions Dropped in 2019

U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2019 fell by an estimated 15% from their level in 2005. That's significant progress toward a target set by the country of a 17% ...
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Consumer Sentiment Remains Strong in First Week of 2020 Despite Middle East Conflicts

The Morning Consult index of consumer sentiment rose to 114.8 last week for its 12th consecutive week-over-week gain. This week's score deteriorated sharply on Friday and Sunday, likely a reaction ...
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Why No Major Interest Rate Changes Should Be Expected in 2020

Interest rates and inflation in America remain low by historical standards. As 2019 has now faded away and turned into 2020, investors, business owners and borrowers need to pay attention ...
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The 10 Worst States for Boomers to Live In

Getting older is not for the faint of heart. Along with the myriad things that were once easy and are now not so easy, there are the inevitable concerns about ...
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