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Leading Economic Index for U.S. Indicates Continued Strengthening

economy going up

The Conference Board Leading Economic Index (LEI) for the U.S. increased 0.6 percent in July to 110.7, following a 0.5 percent increase in June, and a 0.1 percent increase in May. “The U.S. LEI increased in July, suggesting the US economy will continue expanding at a solid pace for the remainder of this year,” said Ataman Ozyildirim, Director of Business Cycles and Growth ...

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Trump’s next win on trade could come within days while Canada sits on the sidelines

President Donald Trump may claim another significant win next week on the international trade front as negotiations with Mexico are expected to conclude. Mexico’s economy minister Ildefonso Guajardo told reporters Friday that he believes trade talks will conclude as early as next week. “Hopefully we will be able to close up no later than the middle of the week,” he said. ...

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Credit Card Rewards Battle Continues as Customers Seek Better Programs

As credit card customers drive up credit card debt to an all-time high, more of them are switching cards for a better rewards program, according to the J.D. Power 2018 Credit Card Satisfaction Study, released today. The study finds that 47% of credit card customers who switched to a new card within the past 12 months did so for a better ...

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2018’s 25 Highest Paying Jobs In America

A new report out Wednesday reveals the 25 Highest Paying Jobs in America for 2018 with some surprising results and others, like Doctors and Lawyers, at the top as expected. Nearly seven in ten (67 percent) job seekers and workers say that salary is a key piece of information they hone in on when researching jobs, according to a recent survey. A new ...

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Millennials’ View of Home Buying Turns Negative

Home for sale

Millennials’ perceived value in buying a home dropped below 50 percent, down significantly from post-Brexit high, according to the latest ValueInsured quarterly Modern Homebuyer Survey: In the third quarter of 2018, 48 percent of all millennials believe buying a home in America today is a good investment; this is a record low, down from 54 percent in the second quarter. The previous high ...

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More than Six Million Homes Missing From U.S. Housing Market

Home for sale

One of the defining characteristics of today’s housing market is the lack of available inventory, and much of this scarcity can be traced back to the lack of building following the bubble’s burst. Between 1985 and 2000, there were 3.9 permits issued for single-family homes per 1,000 residents. Since 2008, that mark stands at just 1.9 permits per 1,000 people. ...

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The top start-up businesses in 2018

What do you think when you hear the word “startup”?  Most people think venture capital-backed Silicon Valley technology companies. But, as FitSmallBusiness.com, the digital business publication discovered, it turns out some of the best companies to start in 2018 are decidedly low tech. The publication’s list of the Top Businesses to Start in 2018 found several notable surprises: Pet spas, liquor ...

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Great Again: U.S.A. Leads all others in competitiveness and technology

Donald Trump success

Prepare for another week of White House press releases where the Trump administration correctly points out they have truly made America great again, because now even a European study group says so. The United States is once again the most competitive economy in the world and the top in tech. The USA leads the IMD World Digital Competitiveness Ranking 2018 followed by Singapore, ...

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The Trump Effect? Poll Shows 71% of Business Owners Want More China Tariffs

A majority of business owners, including small business owners, support additional tariffs on China, according to a poll released from UBS polling. A majority of business owners also supported additional tariffs on Mexico, Europe, and Canada. The poll revealed that 71 percent of business owners support additional tariffs on China. 66 percent of business owners said they support additional tariffs on ...

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Forecast: Tough Hiring Environment Paying Off for Job Seekers

Pay trending up in tight labor market

As employers grapple with a highly competitive hiring environment that is causing prolonged job vacancies across the U.S., workers are reaping the benefits, According to a report out Friday. CareerBuilder’s Midyear Job Forecast showed that 63 percent of U.S. employers plan to hire full-time, permanent workers in the second half of 2018, up from 60 percent last year. A substantial percentage of employers ...

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Thinking about a “Gig Economy” job? Here are the top 10

The top 10 best jobs in today’s “gig economy” were released today in a CareerCast report that serves as a guide for independent workers seeking employment. Among the best jobs for gig workers are: Accountant, Application Software Developer, Carpenter, Management Analyst, Marketing Manager, Multimedia Artist, Occupational Therapist, Plumber, Public Relations Specialist and Web Developer. “The ability to work with clients on a ...

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Report: Jobs up 219,000 in July, soundly beating estimates

June employment report - ADP

Private sector employment increased by 219,000 jobs from June to July, beating analyst estimates of 185,000, according to the July ADP National Employment Report. The increase comes as the Trump economy continues to create good-paying, full-time jobs. “The labor market is on a roll with no signs of a slowdown in sight,” said Ahu Yildirmaz, vice president and co-head of the ADP ...

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Worker Pay Rate Under Trump Presidency Hits Highest Level Since 2008

The employment cost index rose 2.8 percent for the second quarter, the biggest increase since the third quarter of 2008 according to a new a report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics released Tuesday. Compensation for workers rose to a nearly 10-year high in the second quarter shows the report. The employment cost index increased 0.6 percent for civilian workers ...

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Pending Home Sales Rise 0.9 Percent in June

Pending home sales increased in all four major regions in June, but overall activity lagged year-ago levels for the sixth straight month, according to an industry report. The Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, rose 0.9 percent to 106.9 in June from 105.9 in May. Despite last month’s increase, contract signings are still down 2.5 percent ...

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