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Economy

Inside The Economy: The U.S. Economy is Growing Slowly, but Surely

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On this week’s Inside the Economy with SH&J, we take a look at the drivers of GDP in the United States. With current inflation numbers hovering around 2%, where in the economy are we seeing signs of high and low inflation? Prices at the gas pump have been climbing, what is to blame? With China dipping into recession territory, where does that leave the U.S. in the business cycle? Tune in to find out!

Inside the Economy: Wage Gains & Historical Tax Rates

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On this week’s Inside the Economy with SH&J, we take a look at wage increases. Wages have recently increased at the fastest rate since 2009. How much does the growth of the manufacturing sector play a part in this increase? There has been quite a bit of media coverage about raising the highest marginal tax rate. Have higher tax rates generated greater tax revenues historically? Tune in to find out!

Inside the Economy: Government Shutdown & Unemployment Numbers

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On this week’s Inside the Economy with SH&J, we discuss the effects of the government shutdown on the U.S. economy. What percentage of U.S. GDP is comprised of Federal consumption and investment? The national unemployment rate remains below 4%. Tune in to find out which states have better unemployment numbers than others and where the chances of a global recession stand.

Inside the Economy: Debt & Brexit Effects

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On this week’s Inside the Economy with SH&J, we take a look at corporate debt issuance in 2018 versus issuance in 2006. Are corporations taking on more or less debt than they did before the Financial Crisis? We also discuss how Brexit could complicate the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland. What could be different with this border when the UK leaves the EU? Tune in to find out!

Inside the Economy: Rising Interest Rates & U.S. Housing

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On this week’s Inside the Economy with SH&J, we discuss the effects of rising interest rates. The Fed is expected to announce another interest rate hike in mid-December. How does this effect the U.S. housing market? With market unpredictability being a media focus, we compare stock market volatility in 2018 versus historical averages. How is Europe’s economy holding up with news of Brexit and China slowing? Tune in to find out!

Inside the Economy: Stock Buybacks & Kentucky Jobs

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On this week’s Inside the Economy with SH&J, we discuss where the trend in stock buybacks is headed. Are we on pace to set a new record for stock repurchases in 2018? Kentucky ranks as the highest U.S. state for auto manufacturing output per capita, and trends in the Kentucky jobless claims report aid in signaling where U.S. auto sales are headed. Does the recent jobs report signal a slowdown in the auto industry? Also, how have mortgage rates affected housing affordability? Tune in to find out!

Inside the Economy: Chinese Stocks & The Fed

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On this week’s Inside the Economy with SH&J, we discuss the Fed’s recent rate increase. Is there an end in sight for these rate hikes? We review manufacturing indexes both domestically and globally. The U.S. remains in a slow growth mode, but what about the rest of the world? Over a billion dollars left the Hong Kong stock market recently, is recent performance to blame? Tune in to find out!