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Housing Market Gets Stronger in 2015
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Housing Market Gets Stronger in 2015

An improving economy and attractive home features will draw first-time and move-up buyers.
March 4, 2015
Winners, Losers from the Stronger U.S. Dollar
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Winners, Losers from the Stronger U.S. Dollar

While manufacturers and consumers will gain, U.S. exporters and tourist attractions will get squeezed.
February 27, 2015
Small Business Revving Up in 2015
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Small Business Revving Up in 2015

Many firms with fewer than 50 workers have plans to expand, venture into new markets and add to payrolls.
January 29, 2015
U.S. Manufacturers on a Roll
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U.S. Manufacturers on a Roll

Cheap energy and an improving economy will keep manufacturing growing at a better-than-average rate.
December 9, 2014
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Faster Growth Looks to Stay for Awhile
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Faster Growth Looks to Stay for Awhile

From mid-2014, the U.S. economy should grow 3% or better through 2016. Only two slight risks might hold us back.
November 26, 2014
Housing Market Will Improve in 2015
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Housing Market Will Improve in 2015

The lagging sector is new single family homes, where a shortage of skilled labor and buildable lots is holding back construction.
November 26, 2014
The U.S. Economy Is the World’s Growth Engine Again
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The U.S. Economy Is the World’s Growth Engine Again

As more Americans find jobs, they're willing to spend. That's giving the economy enough oomph to overcome slowing among big U.S. trade partners.
October 23, 2014
Mixed Signals in the Labor Market
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Mixed Signals in the Labor Market

Job openings are growing, but wages need to play catch-up.
September 5, 2014
When Will the Economy Feel Better?
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When Will the Economy Feel Better?

We’re almost there. As the expansion continues to improve, more of its rewards will be seen and felt.
September 5, 2014
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Wages to Rise — More for Some than Others
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Wages to Rise — More for Some than Others

After years of little or no income growth, wage gains are finally beginning to gather a bit of steam.
July 21, 2014
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Next Rise in Interest Rates Will Come in 2015
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Next Rise in Interest Rates Will Come in 2015

Even when rates finally do head up, they won't zoom out of control. A progressive series of stair steps is more like it.
June 17, 2014
Housing’s Revival Losing Some Heat
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Housing’s Revival Losing Some Heat

Problem number one: Not enough growth in jobs and wages.
June 9, 2014
Budget for Higher Electric Bills
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Budget for Higher Electric Bills

Mounting strains on the electric grid will hit consumers in their wallets but will lead to new business opportunities, too.
May 15, 2014
The Risks of Deflation
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The Risks of Deflation

When prices start falling, economies stop growing.
April 29, 2014
New Fed Chief, New Unemployment Approach
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New Fed Chief, New Unemployment Approach

With Janet Yellen’s greater emphasis on slack in the labor market, part-time grocery worker Vicki Lira is the new face of Fed policy.
April 16, 2014
Don't Fret Over China's Slowdown
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Don't Fret Over China's Slowdown

In the long term, its gradual deceleration may hold more upside potential than risk to the U.S. economy.
April 8, 2014
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Countering Russia With Natural Gas
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Countering Russia With Natural Gas

What the coming boost in exports spells for U.S. consumers, gas producers and investors.
April 7, 2014
U.S. Manufacturing Growing Steadily
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U.S. Manufacturing Growing Steadily

Cheaper domestic energy, rising wages overseas and industries that use high-tech to make high-tech products are making producing goods on American soi…
March 28, 2014
Fracking Boom Spells New Tech Investments
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Fracking Boom Spells New Tech Investments

Solutions to energy and safety concerns will be in hot demand.
March 14, 2014
Housing: Subpar But Still Giving Economy a Lift
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Housing: Subpar But Still Giving Economy a Lift

After big rebounds in housing prices, more modest gains are likely this year.
February 26, 2014
The World’s Most Vulnerable Emerging Markets
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The World’s Most Vulnerable Emerging Markets

Investors must understand the factors that make certain nations more susceptible to contagion in financial markets.
February 5, 2014
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6 Sectors Ripe for Business Consolidation in 2014
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6 Sectors Ripe for Business Consolidation in 2014

Since hitting a low during the recession, merger-and-acquisition activity is picking up again as corporations look outside their walls to expand.
February 4, 2014
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U.S. Economy Likely to Improve in 2014
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U.S. Economy Likely to Improve in 2014

Growth should average about 2.6% to 2.7% this year, and chances are good we'll see a strong finish.
January 29, 2014
Rising Production Helping to Keep Fuel Prices in Check
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Rising Production Helping to Keep Fuel Prices in Check

Energy costs should be relatively easy on your wallet in 2014.
January 6, 2014
Interest Rates and the Fed’s Taper
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Interest Rates and the Fed’s Taper

What happens in January could set the tone for long-term rates for the rest of the year.
December 20, 2013
Rising Household Wealth Signals Surge in Consumer Spending
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Rising Household Wealth Signals Surge in Consumer Spending

The rebound is unequal, though, with makers of pricey items set to benefit more than those churning out staples.
December 17, 2013