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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

Jobs, Higher Productivity Could Mean 3.5 Percent GDP

(2) 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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The IRS Data Theft and Putin's Red Notice

(1) Comments | Posted May 28, 2015 | 7:49 PM

It has to be more than a coincidence that the recent cyber theft of IRS tax data has been traced to Russian criminals. IRS investigators believe the identity thieves who stole the personal tax information of more than 100,000 taxpayers from an IRS website are part of a...

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Higher Minimum Wage Strengthens Labor Unions

(2) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 2:25 PM

Unions may have been weakened by Republican efforts to eliminate labor's collective bargaining rights (which in turn weakens their support of Democratic Party policies), but that may be changing as unions have found a new cause: working to raise minimum wages.

Los Angeles is the latest city to raise the...

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Fannie and Freddie Didn't Do It!

(10) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 10:05 AM

As if further confirmation was needed that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were not even a minor cause of the housing bubble and consequent bust, the latest judgement against Nomura Securities for selling fraudulent mortgages to Fannie and Freddie should be icing on the cake; settlements that now...

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Repubs Anti-Science Agenda Endangers All of US

(64) Comments | Posted May 7, 2015 | 10:24 AM

Last week, the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, headed by Texas Republican Lamar Smith, approved a bill that would slash at least three hundred million dollars from NASA's earth-science budget, says the New Yorker's Elizabeth Colbert. "Earth science, of course, includes climate science," Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson,...

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Baltimore and the Lessons of Inequality

(3) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 5:21 PM

David Brook's most recent New York Times Oped talks about the dissolution of social bonds in Baltimore neighborhoods.

"Even in poorest Baltimore, there once were informal rules of behavior governing how cops interacted with citizens," he says in quoting The Wire Producer David Simon, an awarding winning TV...

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Germany's Failed Austerity Policies

(15) Comments | Posted April 17, 2015 | 6:33 PM

One would think by now the debate has been resolved on which economic model created a better recovery from this Great Recession or Lessor Depression, as P Krugman has called it. But no, Germany's Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble keeps pounding the drum for his, and the eurozone's failed austerity policies.

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