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Five Reasons Jobs Growth Is Slowing

The Labor Department reported the economy added 126,000 jobs in March, less than half the pace of the past four months. Unemployment stayed at 5.5 percent, as 277,000 additional adults chose not to seek employment. Were the same percentage of adults working or seeking work today as when President Obama took office, the unemployment rate [...]

Five Reasons Why Prospects for Jobs, Wage Gains Are Dimming

Friday, the Labor Department is expected to report the economy added 247,000 jobs in March down from 295,000 in February and 324,000 during the fourth quarter Wages, for all but the most skilled professionals, continue to advance only slowly, and going forward good paying jobs and pay raises will likely be even scarcer for struggling [...]

Ax the Income Tax

March Madness, baseball and flowers. Spring in America would be so grand without income taxes and the headaches of filing on April 15. Just about everyone agrees our complex personal and corporate income tax laws are too painful and expensive-tax filing, record keeping and the like costs at least $170 billion a year. They are [...]

Next Up at the Fed: Quantitative Tightening

The Federal Reserve will likely raise interest rates later this year, and foreign central bank policies may compel it to sell off Treasury and mortgage-backed securities-reversing Quantitative Easing. Historically, the Fed raises interest rates on Treasury securities and corporate and personal borrowing by pushing up the federal funds rate-the overnight rate banks pay for ready [...]

Jobs Market Won’t Compel Fed to Raise Rates

The Federal Reserve has opened the door to raising interest rates as early as June but contrary to policymakers’ expectations, the pace of jobs creation is likely to weaken. This will frustrate hawks and keep a lid on rates banks charge for consumer loans and mortgages. By historic standards, jobs creation is not that strong. [...]

Strong Dollar, Sluggish Growth Weighs Against Fed Raising Rates

Federal Reserve policymakers are meeting to consider whether to open the door to raising interest rates as early as June. Falling unemployment favors higher rates but inflation remains well below the Fed target of 2 percent. More importantly, other factors could persuade the Fed to be more patient about raising rates than Wall Street or [...]

Stagnant Productivity, Sluggish Growth Abroad Weigh Against Fed Raising Rates

The Federal Reserve economic policy committee meets next week to consider whether to open the door to raising interest rates in June. Falling unemployment favors higher rates but weighing in the opposite direction, inflation remains well below the Fed target of 2 percent. More importantly, other factors could persuade policymakers to remain a bit more [...]

Strong Jobs Market Won’t Compel the Fed to Raise Interest Rates

The job market has improved, but only momentarily, and it won’t force the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates in June. That should keep a lid on rates banks charge for consumer loans and mortgages. By historic standards, jobs creation is not that strong. Unemployment hit 10 percent in October 2009, and the recent recovery [...]

Supreme Court Should Nix Obamacare Subsidies, Instigate Reform

The Supreme Court could improve American health care by striking down federal subsidies offered through HealthCare.com-the federal exchange that sells insurance in states without government-run marketplaces. Most Americans never wanted the Affordable Care Act. A recent Gallop poll found 56 percent disapprove of the law, and more than 30 states either have not set up [...]

Five things to Know about the Fed Raising Interest Rates

Since 2008, the Federal Reserve has been giving banks virtually free money by keeping their short term borrowing rates near zero. This week, Chairwoman Yellen indicated the Fed is getting even more optimistic about the economy and inflation and further indicated it will end that policy as early as July. The Fed will likely act [...]

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