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10 places where renting a home beats buying

The housing market's comeback has left many folks where they were immediately following the crisis: Renting out of necessity

FTC: Vemma Nutrition temporarily shut down for running pyramid scheme

Vemma was shut down for operating a scheme that promised college students riches if they sold its nutritional drinks the FTC says

Noted for Your Lunchtime Procrastination for August 27, 2015

Must- and Should-Reads: Must-Read: Kris James Mitchener and Marc D. Weidenmier: [Was the Classical Gold Standard Credible on the Periphery? Evidence from Currency Risk](http://equitablegrowth.org/?p=13095) Cherrie Buckner: [Young Black...Show More Summary

Despite New Uptick, Trade Remains a Long-term Loser for Sluggish US Economy

The new GDP revisions released today by the Commerce Department revealed a further marginal quarterly improvement in America’s trade flows that … The post Despite New Uptick, Trade Remains a Long-term Loser for Sluggish US Economy appeared first on The Wall Street Examiner. Show More Summary

Fed’s Stealth Rate Increase of 25 Basis Points Since January 31

Apparently, The Fed has been jawboning a possible Fed Funds Target increase so often that interest rates have actually increased. The post Fed’s Stealth Rate Increase of 25 Basis Points Since January 31 appeared first on The Wall Street Examiner. Show More Summary

Who Will Be the Bagholders This Time Around?

Anyone betting China's GDP is really expanding at 7% and the U.S. economy will grow by 3.7% next quarter is angling to be a bagholder.Once global assets roll over for good, it's important to recall that somebody owns these assets all the way down.... The post Who Will Be the Bagholders This Time Around? appeared first on The Wall Street Examiner. Show More Summary

2:00PM Water Cooler 8/27/15

Today's Water Cooler: Clinton on guns, Trump on third party, Sanders on scaling, GDP revision, epigenetic change, tsundoku (unread books)

In China, fake Rolexes, iPhones -- and Goldman Sachs

The country, known for its knockoff and pirated goods, is now home to a counterfeit Wall Street firm

Kansas City Region Activity Remains in Deep Contraction

Unlike housing and auto sectors, economic regions dependent on oil activity remain severely stressed.For example, the Kansas City Fed regional factory report came in today at -9, compared to an Economic Consensus of -4. Factory activity...Show More Summary

Shiller: Rising Anxiety That Stocks Are Overpriced

Robert Shiller: Rising Anxiety That Stocks Are Overpriced: Over the five trading days between Aug. 17 and Aug. 24, the U.S. stock market dropped 10 percent — the official definition of a “correction,” with similar or greater drops in other...

Early Look at 2016 Cost-Of-Living Adjustments and Maximum Contribution Base

The BLS reported this last week:The Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) decreased 0.3 percent over the last 12 months to an index level of 233.806 (1982-84=100). For the month, the index was essentially...Show More Summary

With New Data Showing Housing Sales Slowing Here’s Why You’ll Want To Be In Cash

NAR data on housing sales showed the largest July decline since 2011, cutting the annual sales volume growth rate by 47% since March. However, while the growth rate is slowing, total sales volume was the heaviest for July since the peak of the housing bubble in 2005. Show More Summary

Second Quarter GDP Revised Up, as Expected, Led by Autos, Housing

Economists had been expecting today's second quarter GDP estimate to rise from initial readings, based largely on auto sales and housing, and they were correct. "The GDP estimate released today is based on more complete source data than were available for the 'advance' estimate issued last month. Show More Summary

'Q2 GDP Revised up to 3.7%'

Are you as convinced as Tim is that rate hikes are off the table at the Fed's next meeting?: Q2 GDP Revised up to 3.7%, by Bill McBride, Calculated Risk: From the BEA: Gross Domestic Product: First Quarter 2015 (Third...

How natural resources breed violence

AFRICA is home to a tenth of the planet’s oil, a third of its mineral reserves and produces two-thirds of its diamonds. High prices may pep up the continent’s short-term economic growth, but scholars have long suspected that its plentiful natural resources also breed instability and violence. Show More Summary

'The Day Macroeconomics Changed'

Simon Wren-Lewis: The day macroeconomics changed: It is of course ludicrous, but who cares. The day of the Boston Fed conference in 1978 is fast taking on a symbolic significance. It is the day that Lucas and Sargent changed how...

A 2011 Paper Totally Predicted What’s Happening With China’s Economy Now

In March 2011, economists Barry Eichengreen, Donghyun Park, and Kwanho Shin released a working paper titled “When Fast Growing Economies Slow Down: International Evidence and Implications for China.” The paper focused on the rapid growth...Show More Summary

Chinese house price bleg

People are always talking about the Chinese house price bubble.  And I have to admit that it was also my impression that Chinese house prices had risen dramatically in recent years.  I was curious to see just how much and checked The Economist’s handy interactive graph.   And I was completely shocked by what I […]

Million pound London flat lands on affordable housing list

For most people a home worth over a million pounds ($1.6 million) is nowhere near affordable but that is just how one London flat has been tagged by a housing association in Britain's capital.

For Walmart, the holiday season starts in August

The year's biggest shopping season is getting pushed into summer, as retailers compete for sales

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