U.S. Economy

The U.S. is the world’s largest national economy. In 2013, the U.S. reported gross domestic product (GDP) of $16.8 trillion, or 22.4% of global GDP. China was a distant second at $9.2 trillion. Japan’s economy was the third largest in 2013 at $4.9 trillion, with Germany ($3.6 trillion) and France ($2.7 trillion) rounding out the top five.

The U.S. is also the second largest economy by region. In 2013, U.S GDP of $16.80 trillion was just slightly behind the entire European Union at $17.35 trillion.

As the world’s biggest national economy the U.S. is also its economic engine. That’s because the U.S. is the largest consumer market in the world. In 2013, consumer spending accounted for 71% of the U.S. economy.

As goes the U.S., so goes the global economy. Since the stock market crashed in 2008, U.S. economic growth has been weak. In 2008, the U.S. reported negative GDP of -0.03%; in 2009, it slipped further to -2.8%. Since then, the U.S. economy has experienced uneven growth. Most recently, in 2013, the U.S. reported GDP growth of 1.9%.

Going forward, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has cut its outlook for global economic growth, saying there are limits to the United States’ ability to shoulder the world’s economy on its own. Before the financial crisis, the U.S. routinely advanced at around 3.0% annually. For 2014, the IMF expects GDP to grow 2.2% and in 2015 it expects the U.S. economy to advance 3.1%.

How to Protect your 401(k) from a Coming Stock Market Crash

By Tuesday, February 17, 2015

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To See Where Stocks Are Headed, Look at These Two Indicators

By Monday, February 9, 2015

See Where Stocks Are HeadedTo see where the stock market is headed in 2015, we don’t have to look much past these two important economic factors: the U.S. dollar and the economy, both domestically and outside the U.S.
Rising U.S. Dollar to Impact U.S. Equities
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U.S. Home Prices Could Fall This Year

By Friday, February 6, 2015

Home Prices RisingAsk any professional involved in the real estate market and they will tell you that when interest rates are low, it’s a great time to buy. Lower interest rates mean higher affordability because mortgage payments are smaller.
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How $40-Barrel Oil Could Cripple the Global Economy

By Friday, January 16, 2015

Oil Prices Continue to PlummetSimply put, there is no support or interest in buying oil at this time, and that means oil prices could realistically hit $40.00 a barrel. Oil prices that low could cripple the global economy. Let me explain…
The Decline in Oil Prices
When the West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil prices initially broke below $80.00, I was thin… Read More

The Eurozone Economic Mess: Why It Will Impact the U.S. Economy

By Monday, January 12, 2015

Eurozone Troubles to Impact American Key Stock IndicesIn 2014, I was able to travel to Europe on six different occasions. I just came back from England. These trips to Europe enable me to see how the countries there are faring economically. And I can tell you first-hand—take England and Germany out of the picture, and most European countries are in an outright depression. (Not good news f… Read More

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