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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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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

(6) 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.

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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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Justice Antonin Scalia's White, Male Legacy

(2) Comments | Posted February 18, 2016 | 3:55 PM

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's passing is a shock to die-hard conservatives for good reason. He was the bastion and spokesperson of the originalist interpretation of the Constitution, which meant any law had to divine the original intentions of the slave-owning, landowning, founding white male fathers of our nation, which...

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Which Primary Promises Should We Believe?

(15) Comments | Posted February 11, 2016 | 1:26 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 | 1:03 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 | 10:08 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 | 6:06 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 | 10:52 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 | 7:09 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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