Practical Economics

The Kiplinger Letter\’s economics team helps you make sense of the latest economic data and trends.

September 20, 2016

A Housing Shortage Looms: Builders Can’t Keep Up

Starter homes especially are becoming scarce.

See More On: Buying & Selling a Home

From Kiplinger's Personal Finance, October 2016

Is Credit-Card Debt Out of Control?

Balances are on the rise, but defaults are still low.

See More On: Credit Cards | Credit Reports & Scores | Getting Out of Debt

June 24, 2016

Help Wanted in America: Skilled Workers

In an ever-more-competitive job market, technology increases the need for skilled workers.

See More On: Technology | Careers

From Kiplinger's Personal Finance, August 2016

The Unintended Consequences of a Boost in Overtime Pay

New rules mean millions more employees will be overtime-eligible. But will employers find workarounds?

See More On: Business Costs & Regulation | Leisure Spending

From Kiplinger's Personal Finance, July 2016

America's Perilous National Debt

At $14 trillion and climbing, it's like "termites in the basement."

See More On: Getting Out of Debt

May 6, 2016

U.S. Economy to Perk Up in Second Half

Consumers are recovering from a swoon induced by a wobbly stock market. But energy, other sectors will continue to struggle.

See More On: Economic Forecasts

From Kiplinger's Personal Finance, June 2016

Savers Feel the Pain of Low Interest Rates

The Fed's low-rate policy has cost U.S. savers $470 billion.

See More On: Making Your Money Last | Banking | Dividends

March 29, 2016

Improving Prospects for Most Small Businesses

Firms in the housing and tourism sectors can prosper as home sales surge and low gas prices encourage more travel.

See More On: Small Business

From Kiplinger's Personal Finance, April 2016

Is the Stock Market Signaling a Recession Ahead?

Sinking stocks don't necessarily presage an economic downturn.

See More On: Economic Forecasts | Stocks & Bonds

February 29, 2016

2016: A Second Good Year for Housing

The housing market picked up last year in many areas of the U.S. Look for it to grow as well or better this year.

See More On: Buying & Selling a Home | Mortgages & Refinancing

Originally published January 17, 2016

No Recession Brewing for U.S. Economy

Barring some serious shock, the economy overall should still post a good, albeit not great, year.

See More On: Economic Forecasts

December 15, 2015

Jobs and Hiring Outlook, 2016

Tech and health care continue to lead the fields where jobs go wanting. Employers who need to fill those slots will have to pick up their game.

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From Kiplinger's Personal Finance, January 2016

What's in Store for Investors, Savers in 2016

Look for more bumps ahead, but a bear market is unlikely.

See More On: Markets | Stocks & Bonds

September 20, 2015

Learn What the Fed's Eventual Rate Increase Means to You

Slightly higher loan payments and short-term market volatility are in the cards.

See More On: Economic Forecasts | Banking

July 2015

Where the Housing Market Is Headed in Late 2015

First-time home buyers will be a big driver of this market's recovery.

See More On: Buying & Selling a Home | Mortgages & Refinancing

May 21, 2015

Look for the Economy to Heat Up

More jobs, higher incomes are poised to fuel growth.

See More On: Economic Forecasts | Leisure Spending

May 7, 2015

Economist: We're Taxing the Wrong Things

Arthur Laffer is sticking to his guns about the hazards of over-taxing the economy.

See More On: Economic Forecasts

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