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Weekly Economic Update for August 28, 2017

Weekly Economic Update for August 28, 2017


SUMMER SLOWDOWN HITS HOUSING MARKET
Low inventory and high prices are taking a toll on existing home sales. They declined 1.3% in July, according to the National Association of Realtors, making a second straight monthly retreat. In the past 12 months, the number of existing homes on the market has shrunk 9.0%, while the median sale price has risen 6.2% to $258,300.

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The Great American Eclipse

The Great American Eclipse


A total eclipse of the Sun, seen from the West Coast to the East Coast is a rare occurrence. In fact, the last time there was a total solar eclipse visible from coast to coast was in 1918!

What made this eclipse extra special?

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Weekly Economic Update for August 21, 2017

Weekly Economic Update for August 21, 2017


RETAIL SALES RISE IMPRESSIVELY
In July, they were up 0.6% – the largest monthly increase seen so far in 2017. This gain suggests the economy has gathered momentum in the third quarter. Core retail sales (which do not include food, construction, gas, and auto buying) advanced 0.6% for July as well.

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Weekly Economic Update for August 14, 2017

Weekly Economic Update for August 14, 2017


TAME INFLATION PERSISTS
Can the Federal Reserve justify another interest rate hike in the second half of 2017? Given weak inflation pressure, maybe not. The central bank has set a 2% yearly inflation target, but the Consumer Price Index rose only 0.1% in July, resulting in a 1.7% year-over-year gain.

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Weekly Economic Update for August 7, 2017

Weekly Economic Update for August 7, 2017


LATEST JOBS REPORT BRINGS GOOD NEWS
U.S. payrolls swelled with 209,000 net new workers in July, according to the Department of Labor. That beat the 183,000 estimate by analysts surveyed by Reuters. About 53,000 of the hires were at restaurants and bars, with another 49,000 in the professional and business services category.

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