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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 […]

Home prices and sales have risen as signs of a healthy economy.

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 […]

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Trade Deficit Narrows, Ending Widest Year Since 2012

The U.S. trade deficit narrowed slightly in December as exports outpaced imports, a welcome development for President Donald Trump as he sets out to shrink the gaps with America’s trading partners. The trade deficit for December was $44.3 billion. U.S. goods and services sold abroad in December surpassed imports by […]