The Morning Economic Report

The Morning Economic Report
2:21 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Gradual Housing Market Recorvery - 4/20/15

While the rental housing market continues to surge in much of America, the owner-occupied portion of the nation’s housing market continues to recover only gradually.  Multifamily construction, which includes apartments, has fully recovered to pre-recession levels according to Moody’s Analytics.  But sales of new single family homes are still only about two thirds of the pre-housing boom volume. 

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The Morning Economic Report
8:56 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Economic Benefits of Immigration - 4/17/15

Writer Adam Davidson, founder of NPR’s Planet Money, argues that immigration is one of the most misunderstood aspects of economic policymaking today.  Economists generally have a positive view of immigration.  A recent University of Chicago poll of leading economists did not find a single one who rejected the notion that immigration yields economic benefits. 

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The Morning Economic Report
8:45 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Grim Assessment of Retiree Medical Expenses - 4/16/15

HealthView Services, a Massachusetts based company that supplies retirement healthcare cost data and tools to financial advisors, recently released a grim assessment of retiree medical expenses.  The report was recently featured in the Wall Street Journal.  Among other things, the report concludes that a sixty-six year old couple retiring this year with average Social Security benefits can expect medical costs to consume sixty seven percent of the social security they will receive during retirement. 

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The Morning Economic Report
8:31 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Wealth and Taxes - 4/15/15

A prominent tax preparer exhorts us to, "Get your billions back, America!"  Writer Patricia Cohen argues that viewed from a particular perspective, we already do, even before we receive our tax refund checks.  According to an analysis of three hundred and forty billion dollars in tax subsidies for housing, education, retirement and savings in two thousand and thirteen, the top one percent of American households receive about ninety five billion dollars. 

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The Morning Economic Report
8:09 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Enrollment Drop in For-Profit Colleges - 4/14/15

Five years ago, the University of Phoenix, America’s largest for-profit university, reported an enrollment of approximately four hundred and sixty thousand.  Today, enrollment stands at around two hundred and thirteen thousand.  Last July, one of the University of Phoenix’s competitors, Corinthian Colleges, shuttered its doors. 

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The Morning Economic Report
7:39 pm
Sun April 12, 2015

Substitute Teacher Shortage - 4/13/15

In general, an improving economy is a good thing.  Unemployment falls, incomes rise, deficits shrink and people feel a greater sense of confidence.  But there are some issues that arise as an economy improves, including greater difficulty filling positions.  One of the occupational categories that has become most problematic recently is substitute teacher. 

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The Morning Economic Report
5:30 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Marriage and Money - 4/10/15

The decision to get married represents one of the most difficult ones we’ll ever make.  The consequences will quite possibly last a lifetime.  What’s more, single people seem to have more fun.  They seem to smile a lot, while we married folks always seem to be paying bills, changing light bulbs or mowing lawns.  Here’s the good news for our side – getting married can save you fifteen percent or more on your auto insurance. 

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The Morning Economic Report
1:10 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

U.S. Trade Deficit - 4/9/15

The U.S. trade deficit, as reflect in the current account, is widening again.  During the final quarter of 2014, America’s current account deficit rose to one hundred and fourteen billion dollars, an increase of nearly fifteen percent from the third quarter deficit of ninety nine billion dollars.  For all of twenty fourteen, the current account deficit expanded nearly three percent to more than four hundred and ten billion dollars, the largest annual deficit since twenty twelve. 

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The Morning Economic Report
5:30 am
Wed April 8, 2015

A Troubled Japanese Economy - 4/8/15

Nation’s acquire economic reputations over time.  America has a reputation for path breaking innovation.  Germany has a reputation for exquisite engineering and craftsmanship.  Among other things, the Japanese have a reputation for high household savings rates, but that is no longer the case.  As indicated by writer Jonathan Soble, Japan’s savings rate, long one of the loftiest in the world, is now less than zer0. 

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The Morning Economic Report
5:30 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Oversight on Student Loans - 4/7/15

Could it be the next financial crisis?  The US government has a portfolio of approximately one trillion dollars in student loans, many of which appear to be troubled.  Student loans represent the second largest source of consumer debt in the United States exceeded only by home mortgages. 

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