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U.S. Jobs Growth: Slowest Since 2013 and Dragging Down U.S. Economy

By Thursday, April 9, 2015
jobs growthAccording to the latest labor market report, U.S. jobs numbers are pointing to an economy that is nowhere near ready for a rise in interest rates. Robust jobs “growth” is simply not there, given the weak manufacturing sector and a troubling inflation outlook. Instead, it appears U.S. jobs growth is moving at its slowest pace since 2013, dragging down the U.S. economy. Where’s the Jobs Growth in the U.S. Economy?.

Strategies for Investing in These Chaotic Markets

By Friday, October 24, 2014
Strategies for Investing Here we go again. Just when the stock market is moving lower and forecasting a potential correction, we see buying emerging, driving the bears back to the woods. The reality is that I was looking for the S&P 500 to potentially correct 10%, down to around 1,792, something that has not materialized in about two years. It would, in my view, represent a good buying opportunity to accumulate shares at .

What Job Growth? Labor Participation Hits 30-Year Low

By Thursday, October 9, 2014
Job GrowthFinally, some good news for the U.S. economy? Last week, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 248,000 jobs were created in the U.S. economy in September, pushing the unemployment rate down to 5.9% from 6.1% the previous month. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, October 3, 2014.) The September jobs market report showed good job creation in sectors like professional and business services, information, mining, construction, and financial. Combined, these .

The Flight Back Down to Reality Ahead for the Rich

By Friday, September 26, 2014
Stock Market Bubble Starting to Show Signs of StressSix years ago this month, in the midst of the Great Recession, Lehman Brothers, one of the most well-known investment banks in the U.S. economy, filed for bankruptcy. At the time, Lehman’s bankruptcy sparked widespread worries…and the U.S. financial system teetered on the verge of collapse. For those of us who remember that time, there was too much uncertainty. So, the Federal Reserve and the government stepped in to help .

What the Worst Jobs Report of the Year Really Tells Us

By Friday, September 12, 2014
What We Found Buried in August’s Jobs ReportA week ago today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its jobs market report for the month of August. To say the very least, there was nothing in that report that says the labor market in the U.S. economy is back on its feet. In fact, the report painted a gruesome image of employment in this country. In August, 142,000 jobs were added to the U.S. economy—the lowest monthly .

Why These Housing Stocks Are Still Attractive

By Friday, September 5, 2014
Why I Still Believe Housing Is AttractiveIn spite of some doom and gloom scenarios for the housing market, so far it has been full steam ahead as the sector continues to blaze along since bouncing out of the Great Recession in 2008. With interest rates and mortgage rates continuing to be relatively low, and with the jobs market producing more than 200,000 new jobs monthly, the ingredients are there for continued strength in the housing market, .

What Recovery?

By Wednesday, September 3, 2014
The Biggest Boom in the U.S. EconomyAccording to Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen, “More jobs have now been created in the recovery than were lost in the downturn… the unemployment rate, at 6.2% in July, has declined nearly 4 percentage points from its late 2009 peak.” (Source: “Labor Market Dynamics and Monetary Policy,” Federal Reserve, August 22, 2014.) Great news, right? On the surface, yes. But when you look closer at the numbers, the jobs market paints .

How to Play the Strong Housing Data

By Friday, August 22, 2014
Strong Housing DataThe housing market picked up steam in July after some stalling in the first half of the year, which was negatively affected by bad winter conditions in the first quarter. Housing starts surged 15.7% to a seasonally adjusted 1.09 million units in July, the market’s highest production in eight months. This break of one million units is key. Plus, the lagging building permits number was equally strong at an annualized .

The Question Everyone Is Asking This Morning

By Friday, August 1, 2014
Stocks Turn Negative for 2014; Likely to Get WorseYesterday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 317 points, while the NASDAQ Composite Index fell 93 points—respective losses of about two percent per index. This morning, stock market futures are down again. As a reader of Profit Confidential, this “rout” we are now in should come as no surprise. I have been writing for months how overpriced the stock market has become, how the stock market has become one .

The Six-Year Boom in Part-Time Work

By Friday, May 9, 2014
The Six-Year Boom in Part-Time WorkOne week ago today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 288,000 jobs were added to the U.S. jobs market in April. The unemployment rate fell to 6.3% from 6.7 % in March. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2, 2014.) Even the most optimistic of economists weren’t expecting a jobs creation number this big. But it’s just the same old story… When you look closer at the details of the .

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