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Harlan Green has been the 11-year Editor-Publisher of PopularEconomics.com, 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.

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Which Primary Promises Should We Believe?

(14) Comments | Posted February 11, 2016 | 2:26 PM

Who should we believe of the leading candidates remaining in the Presidential primaries that last through June? Bernie says he will tax the wealthiest enough to pay for his programs, such as tuition free public college and universal health care. But that means raising middle class taxes, as well.

The...

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Iowa and the Stand for Nothing Party

(6) Comments | Posted February 4, 2016 | 2:03 PM

Can the Republican Party survive the Iowa and New Hampshire primaries and either Donald Trump or Senator Cruz winning? Can the Grand Old Party survive and thrive on a platform that opposes every relevant issue today -- whether it's voting rights, women's rights, immigrant rights, global warming, racial discrimination, greater...

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Davos Conference Highlights Why There's Slower Growth

(2) Comments | Posted January 26, 2016 | 11:08 AM

It's time for the World Economic Forum, and this year more than 40 heads of state and 2,500 other participants are unlikely to run short of topics to discuss. "Meeting against a backdrop of market jitters, heightened geopolitical risks and a renewed focus on climate change, there will be intense...

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Candidate Bernie Is Candidate Obama

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2016 | 7:06 PM

What I learned from last Sunday's Charleston, South Carolina Democratic debate, the last debate before the Iowa and New Hampshire primaries, is that Bernie Sanders the idealist is almost a reincarnation of candidate Barack Obama in 2008 when Barack Obama was the fiery progressive on the campaign trail.

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Why Has it Taken so Long To Grow This Economy?

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2016 | 11:52 AM

The latest Federal Reserve press releases--firstly, the minutes of last FOMC meeting, and also its reduced projections of expected inflation--tell us the Fed is still in austerity mode, due to a fear of non-existent inflation. And it is that unjustified fear that puts the brake on growth, since even the...

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Why Does Bernie Love Denmark?

(31) Comments | Posted January 5, 2016 | 8:09 PM

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is breathing fire on the campaign trail these days, including his most recent campaign speech that advocated the breakup of too-big-to fail banks. "We will no longer tolerate an economy and a political system that has been rigged by Wall Street to benefit the wealthiest Americans...

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Our Deflationary Times!

(11) Comments | Posted December 30, 2015 | 11:16 AM

The answer in the New Year to the inflation conundrum may be at hand, the conundrum that has kept the Fed pushing down interest rates since the Great Recession and recovery. Why aren't prices rising faster with all the QE stimulus programs that have injected literally $billions into the economy?...

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Will Paris Accord Make A Difference?

(3) Comments | Posted December 15, 2015 | 5:41 PM

More than 190 nations have agreed on a plan to limit climate change, ending a decades long search for an accord requiring the world's economies to regulate the emission of gases that scientists show are causing the earth to warm.

And to reach the goals set by the history-making accord...

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Let Us Recognize the Enormous Economic Benefits That Come With Global Warming

(50) Comments | Posted December 10, 2015 | 10:26 AM

It should now be time to look at the future benefits that will come from the necessity to mitigate global warming, while the Paris climate change conference is in session. We already know the environmental havoc it has wreaked, with the greater frequency of flooding from rising oceans (e.g., via...

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Fed Rate Hike Could Hurt Employment

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2015 | 3:44 PM

Fed Chair Janet Yellen all but confirmed the Fed was ready to raise interest rates in December. She made her case for raising interest rates in a speech on Wednesday at the Economic Club in Washington. "Ongoing gains in the labor market, coupled with my judgment that longer-term...

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Dr. Yellen, Don't Raise Interest Rates Just Yet

(1) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 1:10 PM

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.2
percent in October on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased just 0.2 percent before seasonal adjustment.


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An End to Austerity -- Part II

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2015 | 3:49 PM

The Senate voted on Tuesday to start talks with the House about a compromise highway funding measure. Lawmakers are facing a Nov. 20 deadline for renewing federal infrastructure funding. Both chambers have passed bills that would guarantee at least three years of highway and transit spending, and the Senate voted...

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An End to Austerity?

(5) Comments | Posted November 9, 2015 | 11:24 AM

On November 5, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the bipartisan Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act, a new multi-year transportation authorization bill, by a vote of 363-64. It will refund the Highway Trust Fund, among other public projects. The Trust Fund, a main source of highway repairs and...

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What Are Economic Lessons From 'The Martian'?

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2015 | 11:29 AM

What can we learn from The Martian, a best-selling novel and movie starring Matt Damon as an Astronaut in the not too distant future thought dead and left behind on Mars during a violent dust storm? It was the highest grossing movie last weekend. How did he survive...

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Government Made Our Middle Class: Part II

(2) Comments | Posted November 4, 2015 | 3:14 PM

Now we have an even better reason to lament the decline of our middle class. New research by this year's Nobel Prize winner in the Economic Sciences, Princeton Econ Prof Angus Deaton and his wife Anne Case, have revealed what has happened to U.S. 45-54-year-old high school educated...

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Dumb and Dumber Debating -- Part II

(6) Comments | Posted October 30, 2015 | 8:42 PM

Thank goodness the Republican House approved a budget compromise that lifted the debt ceiling for 2 years, and ignored the Republican Presidential debates. It was a compromise because Democrats were needed to get approval in both houses of Congress. In fact, retiring House Speaker John Boehner was only...

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Government Made Our Middle Class

(1) Comments | Posted October 26, 2015 | 12:23 PM

Is this a surprise? It shouldn't be. Really. Thanks to the research of many younger economists, and the work of the most recent Nobelist, Princeton Econ Prof Angus Deaton (he's 69) that researched and documented worldwide poverty, we now know when and how our middle class was created. (His 2013...

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When Will Fed Raise Interest Rates?

(0) Comments | Posted October 12, 2015 | 12:12 PM

It has been puzzling many major economists, including Nobelist Paul Krugman, Obama advisor Larry Summers, and Minneapolis Fed Chair Narayan Kacherlakota, why Janet Yellen's Fed is still talking about raising interest rates when current inflation numbers are so poor, as well as future growth projections.

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"Australia Is Not Like the U.S."

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2015 | 2:01 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?

(15) Comments | Posted October 1, 2015 | 9:23 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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