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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

"Australia Is Not Like the U.S."

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2015 | 1:01 PM

"Australia is not like the U.S." said commentator Michael Pascoe in the Sydney Morning Herald in response to President Obama's remarks on the Umpqua Community College killings by a deranged killer, whose mother kept at least 8 guns at home, in addition to the

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Single Payer 'Universal' Health Plans, Versus What?

(12) Comments | Posted October 1, 2015 | 8:23 PM

We are in Australia, and my wife just paid for a general practitioner's visit to examine possibly dangerous sun damage to her skin. The doctor's examination cost her $37 Australian, and the topical medication just $10Au. So what is wrong with a health care system that functions so well, yet...

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The Results of Being the Dumb Down Party

(212) Comments | Posted September 19, 2015 | 11:09 AM

We saw in the latest CNN Republican candidate debate the results of what seems to be a prolonged campaign to discount almost all scientific facts, as well as intelligent discussion of the most important issues of the day.

Especially scary was Donald Trump saying if we build up our military...

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Don't Count on Inflation Anytime Soon

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2015 | 2:25 PM

The Federal Reserve didn't raise interest rates at the close of their FOMC meeting. In fact the 9-1 vote against raising rates wasn't even close. So don't count on inflation to save the day for the deficit hawks demanding that the Fed must raise interest rates.


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What Should Janet Yellen's Fed Do?

(2) Comments | Posted September 10, 2015 | 11:08 AM

The big question hovering over the markets (both stocks and bonds), is whether the Federal Reserve will finally begin to raise short term interest rates at next week's FOMC meeting. Markets are uncertain, and only a few economists are saying anything. Why? Because of a tremendous (and artificial) fear of...

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Unemployment Report Misleading

(9) Comments | Posted September 8, 2015 | 9:38 AM

Friday's lower than predicted payroll creation of 173,000 jobs doesn't change my prediction of higher jobs growth ahead. The prediction was for 250,000 payroll jobs added in August, but downward seasonal adjustments reduced payrolls by -799,000. In other words net -799,000 jobs were stricken from the unadjusted numbers (-941,000 +...

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Jobs, Higher Productivity Could Mean 3.5 Percent GDP

(3) Comments | Posted September 3, 2015 | 11:30 AM

It looks like we are returning to the goldilocks economy that prevailed for much of last year -- low inflation plus continued good job growth. But it also could mean better economic growth that has stayed in the 2 percent range during the Great Recession recovery to date. With Q2...

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Higher Birth Rates Coming

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2015 | 1:04 PM

The millennial generation, now aged 18 to 36 years, is beginning to drive higher birth rates, reports the National Center For Health Stats. And that means more households being formed, which will ultimately create a higher demand for housing. Actually, four million births per year was breached in...

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Who Is Most Scared of Inequality?

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2015 | 10:14 AM

The average annual rate of productivity growth from 2007 to 2014 was revised down to 1.3 percent per year from the prior estimate of 1.4 percent, the Labor Department said Tuesday.

This is well below the long-term rate of 2.2 percent per year from 1947 to 2014--at...

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Why Do We Even Have a 'New Normal'?

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2015 | 4:05 PM

After a long delay and plenty of resistance from corporations, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved in a 3-to-2 vote last Wednesday a rule that would require most public companies to regularly reveal the ratio of the chief executive's pay to that of the average employee.

This may...

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Who Do We Blame For the Great Recession?

(221) Comments | Posted August 4, 2015 | 9:53 AM

Why has economic growth been so slow since the Great Recession? This is the question haunting many economists these days. Second quarter 2015 real GDP growth (after inflation) was just 2.3 percent six years after its end. This is better growth than any other developed economy, but still much too...

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Iran Agreement Means Less Inflation, Higher Growth

(2) Comments | Posted August 3, 2015 | 4:59 PM

Although economists haven't yet begun to crunch the numbers, Iran's agreement not to produce atomic weapons or weapon-grade plutonium for at least 10 years will result in increased oil production and lower oil prices, thus keeping inflation in check and interest rates at their current lows for some time to...

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Will Fannie and Freddie's Investors Finally Succeed?

(25) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 5:57 PM

It is welcome news for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac investors that Judge Margaret Sweeney in the Federal Claims Court in Washington Tuesday granted a motion that will force the U.S. Treasury to release all discovery document materials in its possession that pertain to the decision to take...

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Iran Agreement Means Lower Inflation, Higher Growth

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 10:43 AM

Although economists haven't yet begun to crunch the numbers, Iran's agreement not to produce atomic weapons or weapon-grade plutonium for at least 10 years will result in increased worldwide oil supplies and lower oil prices, thus keeping inflation in check and interest rates at their current lows for...

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Greece's Great Depression

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2015 | 8:49 PM

This may seem facetious some six years into recovery, but many policy makers don't understand the severity of the Great Recession, or its consequences. It is the major reason why Greece, and many other Eurozone countries are in so much economic trouble at present. Greece in fact is suffering from...

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What Will Save the Euro?

(1) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 11:27 AM

Now that Greece has voted "no" on the latest proposal by the European Commission, the European Central Bank, and the International Monetary Fund (the so-called "troika"), will Greece stay in the eurozone? If so, Greece may save the euro.

Why is this choice even necessary when most economists know...

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It's Time for the 30-hour Week

(103) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 11:50 AM

Don't look now, but we should soon have the 30-hour work week as the standard, instead of the 40-hour work week last enshrined during FDR's New Deal. Why, when Americans now work more hours than any other developed country?

There are a number of good reasons, and they have little...

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Why Lower Growth, Higher Corporate Profits?

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 3:31 PM

First-quarter economic growth wasn't as bad as expected, yet corporate profits were much better than expected. So what are corporations doing with their profits rather than investing in future growth?

The second revision to first-quarter GDP came in at -0.2 percent. Exports were near the top of the negative side,...

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Where's the Outrage, Mr. President?

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2015 | 3:13 PM

Where's your outrage, Mr. President, when the New York Times just reported that at least 250 Disney World employees have been discharged, with many forced to train their own foreign replacements that have temporary H-IB work visas? Those are visas that are supposed to supply foreign workers where...

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Republicans' Obamacare Suit Won't Succeed

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2015 | 9:43 PM

The cynicism of Republican legislators has reached new heights with the upcoming Supreme Court lawsuit against Obamacare subsidies with hearings that began Wednesday. Because their lawsuit won't succeed, just as the more than 50 other attempts to block Obamacare haven't succeeded. Yet Republicans have succeeded in slowing its implementation with...

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