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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

Why Did Brexit Happen?

(0) Comments | Posted June 28, 2016 | 11:07 AM

The shortest answer is the Great Recession and austerity policies of EU policymakers. What austerity policies? In the UK's case, it was raising taxes in 2010 while cutting government spending in an attempt to pay down debt incurred during and by the Great Recession of 2008-09. But in doing so...

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Stricter Gun Controls Are Now Inevitable

(19) Comments | Posted June 24, 2016 | 7:07 PM

You know the tide has turned against gun violence when even the American Medical Association calls it a public health menace at the finish of its annual convention.

"CHICAGO - In the wake of the worst mass shooting in American history and with more than 6,000 deaths...

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Please Protect US, Mr. President!

(16) Comments | Posted June 22, 2016 | 12:31 AM

What has happened to our gun laws -- especially the assault rifle ban that expired in 2004? The Australians had the courage to pass tougher gun regulations -- Australia's Prime Minister, in particular, at the time. It takes courage, in other words, something U.S. politicians seem to lack.

Conservative Australian...

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Trump Must Hate the Little Guy

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2016 | 5:03 PM

The Republican Party may rue the day they didn't vet their presumptive candidate for President. The vetting can no longer just be about his overt and premeditated racism, or even his xenophobic wall building. His business practices are finally coming under detailed scrutiny, and what we see is very ugly....

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What Happened to Our Economy?

(0) Comments | Posted June 7, 2016 | 10:45 AM

The major debate during this campaign season seems to be over the economy. Who has it benefited and who was left behind? Sanders says we aren't spending enough to create more jobs, and Trump wants to build walls to keep any more jobs from leaving US.

But we already know...

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What Happened to Tuition-Free College?

(3) Comments | Posted June 1, 2016 | 1:16 PM

Senator Bernie Sanders wants it. Until the Vietnam War, most public colleges and universities had it. So what happened to our tuition-free public universities and colleges?

UC Berkeley is perhaps the poster child for what has happened to the idea of tuition-free colleges and universities. It is something most...

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What Happened To Link Between Profits and Productivity?

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2016 | 10:39 AM

What happened to the link between profits and productivity, on which economic growth is based? It has broken down of late, so that profits are no longer being used by many businesses to enhance productivity. And without higher productivity, we see the standard of living for most of US no...

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Middle Class Finally Gets a Raise

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2016 | 10:46 AM

A new rule just announced by the Obama administration will, effective December 1, double the overtime-pay salary threshold and set it to automatically increase every three years. It's about time.

The salary of employees has been diminishing since the 1970s, as a share of the economic pie,...

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Why So Little Inflation?

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2016 | 1:37 PM

Where's the inflation? It is barely rising, as consumers still wait for bargains before they decide to buy. The overall Consumer Price Index in April rose just 1.1 percent, and is up 2.1 percent less food and energy prices, which have been falling this year.

This is the major...

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Trump's RICO Trial Date Set

(22) Comments | Posted May 11, 2016 | 11:01 AM

Trump says he will be the first candidate since 1976 not to release tax returns. Analysts said that Trump likely pushed the envelope to turn ordinary income into capital gains, and deferred the payment of tax through like-kind exchanges, said the MarketWatch report. The tax returns could also...

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Why the Disappointing Jobs Report?

(10) Comments | Posted May 8, 2016 | 4:18 PM

April Private Payrolls Increased 171,000 but government payrolls lost 11,000 jobs, so total nonfarm payroll employment increased just 160,000 in April. Over the prior 12 months, employment growth had averaged 232,000 per month.

Graph: Calculated Risk

Why the disappointing numbers?...

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Bernie's Economic Platform -- Part II

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2016 | 6:09 PM

Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump won their respective Indiana primaries, and we know why.

In February air-conditioner manufacturer Carrier, a wing of United Technologies, announced that beginning next year it will move its Indianapolis production to Mexico and lay off the company's U.S. workers. (It will also gut the factory's...

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Is Bernie's Economic Platform Impossible?

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2016 | 3:51 PM

It looks like Hillary Clinton's nomination as the Democratic candidate is assured, but are Bernie Sanders' economic proposals impossible to achieve, as many mainstream economists maintain? He has some good ideas -- such as tuition-free public universities, universal health care for all, a $15/hour national minimum wage, as...

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Who Opposes Overtime Pay Increase, Really?

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2016 | 4:51 PM

That's a no-brainer--Republicans, of course. Who else would oppose updating the safeguards against working more than 40 hours without overtime pay, part of the New Deal that President Roosevelt called the most important piece of New Deal legislation since the Social Security Act of 1935?

(Republican) Lawmakers in the House...

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Record Mortgage Volume in 2015, in Spite of US Treasury

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2016 | 6:32 PM

In addition to very large Consumer credit borrowing that rose $17.2 billion in February (but excludes mortgage lending), the number of new first mortgages increased markedly in 2015, according to new data from credit rating company Equifax. In fact, mortgage lending is approaching pre-recession levels thanks to the Fed's low...

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Is U.S. Nearing Full Employment?

(1) Comments | Posted April 8, 2016 | 7:26 PM

This is the debate raging within the Federal Reserve and beyond between the so-called inflation hawks and doves. Are we nearing full employment, and hence the higher inflation that always accompanies full employment? Not really, because wage growth is still stuck in the 2 percent range, and rising wages are...

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Who Can Trump Trump's Ambitions?

(4) Comments | Posted March 9, 2016 | 5:44 PM

Thomas Friedman seems to believe the Donald has almost sewed up a majority of the Republican Primary delegates and will be a formidable foe for Hillary, assuming she is the Democrat's candidate. But chances are his past will catch up with him as voters begin to think with...

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The Fannie-Freddie Debacle Continues

(0) Comments | Posted March 2, 2016 | 2:16 PM

We are already seeing the results of Obama Administration attempts to kill Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the Government Sponsored Entities that guarantee more than 60 percent of all mortgages originated in the U.S. housing market these days. The Mortgage Bankers Association in particular is beginning to worry that taxpayers...

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Why Did Michael Moore Invade Those Countries?

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2016 | 10:01 AM

The answer is so simple, and sad. Mr. Moore's latest eye-opening documentary, Where To Invade Next visited countries that have learned from and adopted our laws and policies, policies that no longer exist in the U.S. of A.; such as tuition-free public colleges (Slovenia), prison systems that rehabilitate rather than...

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How Extreme Is Bernie's Economic Vision?

(7) Comments | Posted February 19, 2016 | 5:55 PM

Major progressive economists are protesting Bernie Sanders predictions of robust economic growth and jobs if his policies are enacted. What are his policies? Policies he claims will give Americans what the other developed countries already offer to their citizens, including a higher minimum wage, tuition-free public university education, universal health...

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