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Pandemic spending: Can you spare a dime?

By Joel Dresang
Spare change, it turns out, is another unintended casualty of the coronavirus. With businesses closed and spenders keeping their hands in their pockets, a coin shortage has emerged. It goes to show how profoundly COVID-19 has upended commerce—especially the 70% of the economy driven by consumer spending. […]

First time since 2009: Recession

The National Bureau of Economic Research wasted no time declaring a downturn for the U.S. economy. […]

Unofficially, we’re in a recession

Don’t hold your breath for official declaration of a recession. Just figure we’re already in one. […]

Spend to save the economy

By Joel Dresang
The economy’s reliance on consumer spending is exactly why Congress included provisions to put money in citizens’ pockets as part of the $2.2 trillion rescue package it passed in March. That’s how $2,400 got from the U.S. Treasury to our checking account. Now, it’s our patriotic duty to put that money to work. […]

Economy keeps counting on consumers

Much of the optimism for the U.S. economy is the health of consumers. […]

Trade wars pick on Wisconsin-grown berry

The U.S. is the world’s leading provider of cranberries, making the industry a ripe target in trade wars. […]

Historic economic growth vs. long-term investing

The U.S. economy is in uncharted waters. It has been expanding for more than 10 years—an unprecedented streak, based on National Bureau of Economic Research calculations dating back to 1854. As with bull markets for stocks, economic expansions don’t die of old age, but some people just get anxious when they think there’s been too much of a good thing. […]

Economic surprise, steady as she goes

By Kyle Tetting
While we’ve minimized some economic uncertainties, that isn’t to say they haven’t had an effect. […]

Economic surprise, steady as she goes

By Kyle Tetting
While the current economic expansion stretches on toward 10 years, the U.S. economy continues to surprise. U.S. gross domestic product (GDP), the total value of all goods and services produced, grew by 3.2% in the first quarter, easily beating consensus expectations. For a variety of reasons, the preliminary report is a big deal for investors—though it isn’t all rosy.

Leaning into the curve

A rare inversion of the yield curve—when long-term yields get lower than short-term—occurred on March 22. The phenomenon ended within a week but not without reminders that inverted yield curves frequently precede economic recessions. More important than their power to predict imminent downturns, though, is the message that inverted yield curves send to investors. […]

Economic SnapChart: Strong Dollar

By Paige Radke
Since 2013, the dollar has strengthened against a broad basket of currencies, rising nearly 30%. The stronger dollar affects three main areas of concern to investors: consumers, industry and financial markets. […]

Talking Money: Business Cycle

By Peter May
Economic history is marked by reoccurring cycles of expansions and contractions. That pattern is called “the business cycle.” (The latest in a series of articles explaining common terms and concepts used in personal finance and investing.) […]

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