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Trump’s Immigration and Trade Policies Could Cancel Out

Trump’s Immigration and Trade Policies Could Cancel Out

When her husband was deported to Juarez in 2012, Amy Rios couldn’t just leave her Wisconsin life behind to join him. In her hometown of Waukesha, Rios had a 2-year-old daughter to care for, an extended family network and a new career as a phlebotomist to maintain. It took nearly […]

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High Prices, Low Supply Force Homebuyers to Scramble for Fewer Homes

Housing prices hit a 31-month high in February amid depressed inventory, making it hard for first-time buyers to purchase homes. The Case Shiller Home Price Index for the nation rose 5.7 percent in January over the previous month and increased 5.9 percent from the same month a year ago. Inventory […]

Consumers Are Buying Up SUVs and Crossovers, Leaving Sedans Behind

Consumers Are Buying Up SUVs and Crossovers, Leaving Sedans Behind

When 28-year-old Stephanie Rivera of South Gate, Calif. walked onto the car lot, she knew exactly what type of vehicle she wanted – fuel efficient and economic. Rivera upgraded from a Honda Accord to a Nissan Juke, also known as a crossover. “I bought a Nissan Juke specifically because it […]

Shoppers Are Looking For A Discount — And TJX is Reaping The Benefits

Shoppers Are Looking For A Discount — And TJX is Reaping The Benefits

When President Trump took office in January, Simone Wilson was worried about how it might impact her small business. Wilson, who co-owns Spartan Construction and Interior Design just outside of Seattle with her husband James, was afraid her clients might not be as willing to dig into their pockets for […]

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Aircraft Orders Carry Durable Goods Higher Than Expectations

Durable goods orders increased more than estimated in February, thanks to a second consecutive surge in orders for commercial aircrafts and more demand for electrical goods and appliances. The Commerce Department reported an overall 1.7 percent increase in durable goods orders, and an upward adjustment to 2.3 percent for January’s […]

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The Cost of being Made in Trump’s America

An import tax on goods crossing the Mexico-U.S. border would make American brand cars more expensive than some foreign brand cars, and it would take years before domestic factories could make American brand cars more cost-efficient. President Donald Trump floated the idea of a 20% tax on goods imported from […]

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Trade Deficit Soars to Highest Level in Nearly Five Years

The U.S. trade deficit in January widened to its highest level since March 2012 – unwelcome news for the Trump administration, which recently decried deficits as potential threats to national security. January’s trade deficit was 9.6 percent higher than in December, as the gap between imports and exports grew to […]

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Personal Income Rises, But Buying Power Dwindles With Inflation

Personal income increased in January but the gains were eaten up by rising prices. Personal income rose 0.4%, exceeding a 0.3% expectation. Consumer spending figures also rose by 0.2% — but a sharp disappointment compared to the previous month’s 0.5% growth. With rising prices, however, the real value after inflation […]

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Housing Prices Cap Off 2016 With A High

Consumers cast a strong vote of confidence in the Trump administration as they pushed housing prices up with prospects of a growing economy. The Case Shiller National Home Price index, released on February 28, reported a 5.8 percent annual gain from November, faster than last month’s robust gain. Prices increased […]

Increase in January’s Durable Good Orders, Promising for 2017

Increase in January’s Durable Good Orders, Promising for 2017

The first durable good orders report for 2017 showed an overall increase, but the uptick is largely due to large commercial and military aircraft orders and increased consumer spending. Durable goods are products intended to last at least three years. Of these goods, ransportation and defense goods are the most […]