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Harlan Green
Harlan Green has been the 11-year Editor-Publisher of, a weekly syndicated financial wire service that publishes up to 3 weekly columns under the headings: Popular Economics Weekly, Financial FAQs, and The Mortgage Corner. His mission is to enhance the popular understanding of economic issues. He also publishes the Popular Economics Weekly Blog.

Harlan is the author of The Mystery of Money, Understanding the Modern Financial World, is an economic forecaster and teacher of real estate finance. He has a 30-year record of success as a banker and mortgage banker.

Entries by Harlan Green

Republicans Just Don't Get It, Part II

(63) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 1:15 PM

Why don't Republicans get it? The 11 million illegal immigrants who have lived and raised families in the U.S. have become the latest millstone around their necks that probably derails any hope of a Republican presidency. Last year a bi-partisan Senate passed a bill on a 68 to 32 vote...

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Republicans Just Don't Get It

(412) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 4:39 PM

There is a reason why it has taken so long to emerge from the Great Recession. And the Republican leaders of the House and Senate with their new majorities exemplify why we have barely emerged from it.

They just don't get it. Their policies that continue to distribute wealth upward...

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California's Budget Surplus Leads to Credit Upgrade

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 11:47 AM

A day after voters passed Proposition 2, which creates a "rainy day fund" to cushion the state budget from future economic downturns, major credit-rating house Standard & Poor's on Wednesday upgraded California's general obligation bond rating. S&P raised the state's credit rating from A to A-plus, citing the stability offered...

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Jobless Rate Falls to 5.8 Percent -- Why Be So Unhappy?

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 4:46 AM

Nonfarm payroll jobs advanced 214,000 in October after gaining 256,000 September and 203,000 in August. Net revisions for August and September were up 31,000. The unemployment rate dipped to 5.8 percent in October from 5.9 percent in September. So why were Tuesday's voters so pessimistic about the economy and jobs?

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Government Isn't the Problem, It's the Bully Mentality

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 11:06 AM

Even though the U.S. economy grew by a 3.5 percent annual rate in the third quarter, boosted by a surge in exports and the biggest jump in federal spending in five years, Democrats don't seem to be taking credit for it.

Why? The bullies are in control, whether they are...

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Government Spending Boosts Q3 Economic Growth

(14) Comments | Posted October 31, 2014 | 3:40 PM

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- The U.S. economy grew by a 3.5 percent annual rate in the third quarter, fueled by a surge in exports and the biggest jump in federal spending in five years, screamed one headline this week.

That is all we need to know to understand why U.S. economic...

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NRA Uses Gun Violence to Maximize Profits

(16) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 1:41 PM

How can we believe the National Rifle Association opposes gun violence when every mass murder committed with guns is answered by the NRA's call to buy more weapons, which increases their profits? There have been three mass killings by crazed gunmen just over the past week, and the...

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California's Fracking Controversy

(1) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 1:57 PM

Will a "Yes" or "No" vote on Measure P (the measure that bans all forms of enhanced drilling techniques, including steam injection and fracking) have an impact on Santa Barbara County's property values? This may be one of the biggest concerns for this California County's voters in November.

With nearly...

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Why We Need War for a Great Recovery

(20) Comments | Posted October 17, 2014 | 11:02 PM

Nobelist Paul Krugman has said it could take another world war, or similar mobilization effort to put everyone back to work and economic growth to return to historical levels from the Great Recession -- even an Alien Invasion would do it, he once quipped.

In fact, the Great Recession...

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IMF Report--Europe Is Becoming Japan

(8) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 7:15 PM

The International Monetary Fund doesn't want to say it outright, but its latest World Economic Outlook shows more stagnation of the European and Japanese economies, and the possibility of a third EU recession since 2008.

Could the Euro Zone become another Japan with its...

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Who Are the Real Takers?

(1) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 1:21 PM

We have been here before. The Census Bureau just reported that the poverty rate fell in 2013, the first drop since 2006. It fell to 14.5 percent, down from 15 percent in 2013, but 45.3 million people are still living at or below the poverty line, which for...

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Government Wasn't the Problem

(2) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 9:23 PM

If the latest unemployment report tells us anything, it is that government isn't the problem that has caused the weak U.S. recovery, but a private sector that is focused solely on maximizing profits for their investors and CEOs, rather than creating more jobs. And private sector corporations have succeeded in...

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Yellen + Jackson Hole = More Growth

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 5:31 PM

New Fed Chairman Janet Yellen and other major central bankers at their annual Jackson Hole conference seem to have committed a heresy by advocating full employment as the goal of central bank policies, above and beyond fighting inflation. That may be an easier call today, given inflation is low and...

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Where Is the Inflation?

(0) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 1:27 PM

Stocks and bonds are rallying at the moment, as there is very little inflation, allaying investor fears that it might rise, according to the latest inflation measures. This is good news for investors (money is cheap), but not household incomes and jobs, as there isn't enough inflation to boost economic...

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Don't Forget the Millennials -- Part II

(1) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 1:13 PM

We have talked before about the upcoming Millennial, or Gen Y generation that will number more than 80 million eventually, 7 percent higher than their baby boomer parents that gave us such high economic growth in the 1980s and '90s. There is now more evidence that these 18 to 37-year...

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California vs. Kansas

(71) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 1:21 PM

In the great economic battle between pro-government and anti-government policies, California vs. Kansas has been the featured contest, and California has won. As highlighted by Nobelist Paul Krugman, among others, California is all-Democratic, while Kansas is run by its ultra-conservative Governor Sam Brownback with a Republican-dominated legislature.

And the...

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Is There Any Help for Consumers?

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 7:43 PM

"It's the Consumers, Stupid," is an oft-repeated mantra being echoed currently by Internet advocates who want to keep Internet access free. But there's a more important reason to worry about consumer health. Consumers are still way too pessimistic in the fifth year of this recovery, and that is hurting economic...

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Don't Forget the Millennials!

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 5:41 PM

Fed Chair Janet Yellen is saying the Fed could keep rates low for a long time to come in her current congressional testimony. Why? Because unemployment is still too high, and economic growth too slow at present.

This is in part because the Congressional Budget Office...

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We Need Some Inflation!

(14) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 2:08 PM

How much inflation is too much inflation? Germany thinks any inflation is too much, based on their 1920s inflation experience when burning money for fuel was cheaper than burning wood. It has led to the EU's draconian austerity policies, such as calling for spending cuts during deflationary times that has...

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What Is Yellen's Unemployment Rate?

(0) Comments | Posted July 3, 2014 | 4:56 PM

Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen spoke with IMF President Christine Lagard at an epoch-making conference yesterday. It was epoch-making (with luminaries such a ex-Fed Chair Paul Volcker in attendance), because Ms. Yellen, by emphasizing their mandate was to "maintain price stability and maximum employment," in effect revealed which unemployment...

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