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Common Cents Blog

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Iced Tea and the Markets

Compared to last week’s excitement, these past 5 trading sessions have almost felt like sleepwalking. It has been decidedly slower in terms of meaningful earnings announcements, economic reports and news from the Federal Reserve. So much…

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What’s All the Yelling About?

This morning, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released “The Employment Situation – April 2024.” To say it was a mediocre report would be a disservice to mediocrity in general. I won’t bore you with the…

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Your Summer Forecast In April.

On Wednesday, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) informed the world the U.S. economy grew at a 1.6% annualized rate during the 1st quarter of 2024. This was considerably less than the median estimate in the…

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Fueling the Future?

This week, I spoke at two different conferences in Nashville, one on Tuesday morning and the other on Thursday. It was essentially the same presentation. I told the same jokes and spewed the same data. The…

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When Is Inflation Going Away?

This week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for March 2024. It was only slightly higher than analysts had been expecting, 0.4% for the month, but you would have thought…

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More Jobs Means the More We Wait

This morning, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released “The Employment Situation – March 2024.” In it, the BLS estimated the U.S. economy created 303K net, new payroll jobs last month. This was higher than analysts…