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Dec. 14 marks the one-year anniversary of the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. After that tragedy the entire country wanted to know how such a terrible thing could happen. And more importantly, how can we prevent it from ever happening again?
Here’s another reason to be thankful this holiday season — the cost of putting Thanksgiving dinner on the table is down slightly from last year.
Here we go again. When Allan Greenspan was Fed chief he held the Fed rate to almost 0 percent for two years. This supposedly was to allow liquidity, allowing easy credit for everyone. The problem is that we don’t have a liquidity problem, we have a debt problem.
Arizona’s economy continues to mend, spurred largely by people buying cars and parts. Newly released figures from the Department of Revenue show retail sales reported to the state in September topped $4.2 billion. That reflects purchases made in August.
There will finally be as many people working in Arizona at the end of next year as there were employed here in 2005.
A desire by consumers for healthier alternatives to beef is turning around and hitting them in the wallets.
I have expressed my feelings about how our country is suffering from a failure in economics many times. We have a monopoly in Keynesian economists being taught in America. The result of this is that every economist in Washington is a Keynesian economist. Keynesian economists allow politicians to spend a lot of money.
Arizona’s jobless rate jumped three-tenths of a point last month to 8.3 percent and now is a full percentage point higher than the national figure.
Emily Oster isn’t a baby doctor. She’s an economist and a mom who wanted to know more about all those rules handed down to women after the pregnancy stick goes pink.
Did you buy your home before 2005?
Americans’ confidence in the economy inched closer to a 5 1/2-year high on growing optimism that hiring and wages could pick up in coming months.
While a few Ahwatukee residents have strong opinions about the South Mountain Freeway (SMF) Loop 202, one way or the other, a majority are totally ambivalent about the road. Like most Valley residents, they are hoping for anything at all that will ease their commute by reducing stop-and-go congestion on the Interstate 10. Most of us have been paying an increased sales tax for transportation projects since 1985 and any tangible evidence of our money at work is gratifying. Since very little of Ahwatukee is south of Chandler Boulevard, the impact on most of us will be marginal.
You might naturally assume that with the uptick in homebuilding activity across the country and the economy’s steady improvement, homebuilders everywhere would be jumping for joy. Not exactly.
Low mortgage rates have made buying a home more affordable and turned rentals into an attractive option for investors.
The resurgent U.S. housing market has sent builders calling again for Richard Vap, who owns a drywall installation company. Vap would love to help — if he could hire enough qualified people.
A report issued by the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University indicates the recent upswing in home prices has come at a steady, sustainable pace, meaning homeowners should not expect another bubble to burst.
It’s only been a week since the 1-cent sales tax went off the books, but area economists and businesses do not expect to see much if any increase in retail sales in the foreseeable future due in part to consumers having little idea the increase ended.
Americans are more confident in the U.S. economy than at any point in the past five years, thanks to surging home values, a brighter job market and record-setting stock prices. Stock averages last month extended the year’s explosive rally. Further gains in consumer confidence could help the economy withstand the effects of higher taxes and federal spending cuts that kicked in this year. Spending by consumers drives about 70 percent of economic growth.
If people vote with their feet, new numbers from the U.S. Census show they like the far suburbs of Phoenix a lot — and are not really keen on large swaths of much of the rest of Arizona.
Forget fears of sequestration. And never mind the hike in payroll taxes that shrunk paychecks.
Most of us already realize “normal” is relative. Yet, we are only human. And as such, we can scarcely stop ourselves from the very-human behavior of seizing every available opportunity to try to quantify and define the term.
The Department of Administration reports Arizona’s jobless rate last month was 7.9 percent. That’s the third straight month at that level.
It's not a big breakthrough.
The value of home sales in Western states rose over the last year even as the number of transactions slipped, according to an official with the National Association of Realtors.
The state's jobless rate inched down just a bit last month amid weaker than expected showing in retail and health care employment.