"Rainy days seem to wind up sunny, long as you got a little spending money." Jimmy Buffett. Retail Sales were on the damp side in August, rising at their smallest level since February. Retail... »
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"There's no thrill like throwing a touchdown pass." Joe Montana. The labor sector scored in August with solid numbers on job and wage growth. U.S. employers hired 201,000 new workers in August, above the... »
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Wi-Fi can be slow for many reasons. Here are some tips for checking your Wi-Fi device or placing it properly to ensure the best signal. Restart your router occasionally. Much like rebooting a mobile device,... »
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Happy Labor Day

Aug 29 2018

Did you know? The first “labor day” assembly in America was held September 5, 1882, when roughly 10,000 working people marched in New York City to urge labor law reforms. Labor Day became a... »
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"Can you hear me now?" (Paul Marcarelli) July home sales figures spoke loud and clear regarding the impact low inventory is having on potential buyers. Existing home sales decreased 0.7 percent to a seasonally... »
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"Home. Home on the range. Where the deer and the antelope play." (Bing Crosby) A discouraging word was heard by many potential homebuyers, as home prices continue to rise across much of the... »
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"What a feeling." (Irene Cara) Job growth eased in July, but a closer look at the report shows that job seekers shouldn't be too alarmed. Non-farm payrolls rose by 157,000 new jobs in July,... »
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Did you know: The month of August was named for Julius Caesar’s grandnephew, Augustus, who defeated Marc Antony and Cleopatra to become emperor of Rome. As a result, the Roman Senate decided that he... »
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"Sing with me, sing for the year, sing for the laughter, sing for the tear." (Aerosmith) Home sales declined from May to June. The ongoing inventory shortages across much of the country may... »
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"My mama told me, 'You better shop around.'" (The Miracles) Consumers weren't afraid to shop around in June, while construction data did little to lessen inventory woes. U.S. homebuilders broke ground on fewer homes... »
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"I get knocked down, but I get up again." (Chumbawamba) Mortgage bonds have bounced up and down in recent weeks as global trade headlines sparked volatility. The markets were closed Wednesday for Independence... »
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On July 4 we celebrate Independence Day — the formal adoption of our Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, the first step in turning the 13 colonies of England into the United... »
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"It's gonna be a bright sun-shiny day." (Johnny Nash) The sun was shining on new home sales in May, as they reached their highest level since November. Sales of new homes rose 6.7 percent... »
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Welcome Summer!

Jun 16 2018

Did you know... Thursday, June 21 marks the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, the first day of summer and the longest day of the year. On June 21, at the equator, there will be... »
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"Rise up." (Lin-Manuel Miranda) Recent tax cuts and a strong labor market helped retail sales rise in May. The Commerce Department reported that retail sales jumped 0.8 percent from April to May, well above... »
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"I put that work in, day in, day out." (Kelly Clarkson) More people were putting work in, as job growth beat estimates in May. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that Non-Farm Payrolls rose... »
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We celebrate Memorial Day as a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's military service. This is in contrast to Veterans Day, when we honor all who have served... »
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"When she gets there she knows, if the stores are all closed." (Led Zeppelin) Retailers fared well in April, as consumers spent broadly across most retail sectors after a slow start in the... »
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"Are you optimistic 'bout the way things are going?" (Chicago) Tame consumer prices in April helped eased fears of rising inflation. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 0.2 percent in April, just below expectations,... »
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"Anticipation ... is keeping me waiting." Carly Simon. Between the April Jobs report, inflation news and the Fed meeting, investors had plenty to anticipate in the latest week. The Jobs Report for April was a... »
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"Risin' up to the challenge." (Survivor) Home sales may have increased in March, but low inventory remained a challenge for many would-be buyers. March existing home sales rose 1.1 percent from February to an... »
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"Hey, big spender." (Shirley Bassey) After three straight months of declines, retail sales rebounded in March as consumers spent their hard-earned dollars. Retail sales rose 0.6 percent in March, above the 0.4 percent expected... »
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"You're gonna hear me roar." (Katy Perry) March may have come in like a lion, but consumer inflation was more of a whimper than a roar last month. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) fell... »
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"Don't you shiver, shiver, shiver." (Coldplay) Job growth slowed in March due in part to harsh weather across much of the country, but there's more to this story. Just 103,000 jobs were created in... »
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"Third time's the charm." (The BellRays) Despite low inventories of homes for sale on the market, existing home sales bounced back in February after two straight months of declines. February existing home sales rose... »
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"Go on, take the money and run." (Steve Miller Band) Consumers haven't been running to the registers with their hard-earned money, as spending at U.S. retail stores fell for the third straight month. The Commerce... »
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"Happy ever after in the marketplace." (The Beatles) Many job hunters were singing a happy tune as job growth surged in February. Non-farm payrolls rose by 313,000 last month, well above the 210,000 expected,... »
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"Slip slidin' away." (Simon and Garfunkel) Sales of existing homes slipped in January as low inventories of homes for sale on the market continued to challenge would-be buyers. January existing home sales declined 3.2... »
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Welcome Spring!

Feb 22 2018

Did you know? During spring, the axis of the Earth increases its tilt relative to the Sun, and the length of daylight rapidly increases for the hemisphere and warming occurs. The warming hemisphere causes... »
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