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Economic Indicators

Inflation: The Silent Killer?

Claude Ohanesian | Posted 06.11.2014 | Business
Claude Ohanesian

Is there an inflation issue in the US? People are always talking about prices going up. We see it and feel it in prices every day. Yet, when we hear or read about the latest inflation numbers, they are always low. We feel inflation but it is not reflected in the numbers.

What Non-Government Economic Indicators Say

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 12.14.2013 | Business
Mary Ellen Biery

In the shutdown-induced absence of several national economic indicators, media outlets have highlighted some quirky options for gaining insight on the...

Pictures of the Corrosive Linkage Between Higher Inequality and Diminished Opportunity

Jared Bernstein | Posted 08.13.2013 | Business
Jared Bernstein

It is not enough to show rising inequality and wring your hands and rend your garment. You've got to explain why it's problematic.

Economic Storm Clouds Ahead

Robert Reich | Posted 07.31.2013 | Business
Robert Reich

Economic forecasters exist to make astrologers look good. But the recent jubilance is enough to make even weather forecasters blush. "Just look at the bull market! Look at home prices! Look at consumer confidence!"

Michael McAuliff

GOP Bill Would Eliminate America's Economic Data | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A group of Republicans are cooking up legislation that could give President Barack Obama an unintentional assist with disagreeable unemp...

Has Copper Lost Its Predictive Power?

Peter Hall | Posted 05.21.2013 | Business
Peter Hall

Copper is not a rare mineral, but it has a rare property: foresight. Pundits have often turned to the price of the orange metal as a reliable indicator of near-term economic direction.

9 Indicators Showing Wall Street Is Out Of Touch With Reality

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 03.06.2013 | Business

The Dow Jones Industrial Average hit a record high Tuesday and as The Huffington Post's Mark Gongloff will tell you, it doesn't really matter. That's ...

Looking For Work, January 2013

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 04.30.2013 | Business
Reese Schonfeld

I know that December and Christmas season create a lot of temporary jobs, but if at least 8 million unique users are visiting employment sites, it does not speak well for the job market.

Business Taking Flight: What Is Current Air Traffic Telling Us About the Economy?

Peter Hall | Posted 04.07.2013 | Business
Peter Hall

I spend a lot of time in airports each year, and I'm always interested in how busy they are. After all, a busy airport and full planes should mean the economy is going well, right?

Beer Boom Hints At Latino Economic Recovery

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 10.22.2012 | Latino Voices

Unemployment for Latinos remains stubbornly high, but Hispanics are expressing confidence in the economy by dropping more money -- on beer. Beer s...

Sam Stein

Growth In Underwear Sales Suggests An Improving Economy | Sam Stein | Posted 10.10.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON -- There is an old saying among economists that the best way to assess the state of the economy is to look at people's underwear. OK, t...

Mark Gongloff

Three Signs We're In A New Recession -- And Five Signs We Aren't | Mark Gongloff | Posted 10.01.2012 | Business

Breaking news about the economy, everybody: It still stinks. The good news? At least we're not in another recession. Some of you may think we never...

Economic Signposts to Watch This Fall

Richard Barrington | Posted 11.17.2012 | Business
Richard Barrington

So what type of business conditions will greet Americans this fall? The precise answers to those questions will probably play out over time. But these key economic signposts are likely to help determine them.

Economic Indicator Unexpectedly Misses Mark

Reuters | Posted 09.10.2012 | Money

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Consumer credit fell in July for the first time in nearly a year as Americans reduced credit card debt, a worrisome sign for th...

What the Stock Market is Telling Us

Michael Farr | Posted 07.03.2012 | Business
Michael Farr

The breakdown of S&P 500 returns by sector is once again telling us something. This time the breakdown is confirming what the incoming economic data over the past several weeks has been saying all along: global economic growth is slowing.

The Surprising Benefit Of A Struggling Economy

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 05.23.2012 | Business

The recovery isn't exactly booming, but there may be one plus side to a weak economy: Less time sitting in traffic. Traffic congestion fell 30 per...

The Five Best And Worst Cities For Financial Well-Being (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Khadeeja Safdar | Posted 05.21.2012 | Money

Some towns are getting along in this economy better than others. A report issued this week from the credit counseling agency CredAbility offers som...

Nine Bizarre Ways To Know The Economy's On The Upswing

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 08.30.2012 | Money

If the idea of economic growth makes you fall asleep, wake up! There are a number of other ways to tell the economy is on the up and up. For examp...

You'll Never Guess How Much Nannies Are Getting Paid

Posted 03.21.2012 | Business

Chasing after a screaming toddler may seem like a less than ideal way to spend your day, but imagine being paid a six-figure salary to cater to a two-...

Is Men's Shopping The New Economic Indicator?

Posted 02.10.2012 | Women

(Reuters) - After years of skimping on clothing American men are hitting the shopping malls in droves, a sure sign the economy is finally strengthenin...

Bonnie Kavoussi

An Illusory Holiday Shopping Season: Americans Spent Less In December | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 01.30.2012 | Business

The boost that the holiday shopping season was supposed to have given the economy proved to be mostly an illusion. Consumer spending actually decli...

Economy Heating Up, or False Alarm?

Michael Farr | Posted 02.20.2012 | Business
Michael Farr

Optimism over the economic recovery has increased over the past week as several economic indicators have come in better than expected.

Battered Construction Industry Finally Has a Good Week

Jed Kolko | Posted 01.19.2012 | Business
Jed Kolko

The construction industry has reasons to be a little more optimistic these days.

We Must All Now Be Avid ECB Watchers

Mohamed A. El-Erian | Posted 01.19.2012 | Business
Mohamed A. El-Erian

Not surprisingly, signals of market stress are increasing, with a growing number of measures now flashing yellow and some on the verge of flashing red. The longer this persists, the greater the risk of very large market moves.

Best States for Retirement 2011

Richard Barrington | Posted 12.05.2011 | Business
Richard Barrington

Your best place to retire depends on highly personal factors. You care about proximity of friends and family, cultural and natural attractions or maybe the presence of a favorite professional sports team.