Category Archives: The Economy

Is Gold a Good Indicator of Future Interest Rates?

Just turn on the radio to a talk station and within a short period of time you will likely hear why you need to add gold to your investment portfolio. The representation is that gold is a great investment, a hedge against inflation and will protect you from a declining value of the U.S. dollar …Read more

DrTCJ Tweets June 19 2015 – July 9 2015

For those of you that do not Tweet – you should consider doing so. If you want to talk about effective bang for the buck, the 140 total characters, letters, numbers and spaces of a Tweet on Twitter certainly qualifies. Who knew you could say so much in so little? It reminds me of Mark …Read more

10-Year Employment Growth for the U.S. and States — Total, Federal, State & Local Governments: Installment #1

In economics the term Leakage refers to the outflow of funds from the commerce and banking system arising from savings, taxes and imports. Total employment in federal, state and local governments is a powerful proxy for the reduction in economic flows that otherwise could benefit the economy. Taxes – Leakage — necessary to support government …Read more

Another Top-10 List — Worst States to Make a Living 2015

Economic wellbeing is a joint function of income and the cost of living. Challenging economic environments include both lower-paying markets and those with a high-cost of living. Wellbeing also includes potential workplace injuries or even death. Some jobs are admittedly dangerous. So many beautiful places are also difficult economic environments in which to make a …Read more

Destination Travel Preferences Across Generations

The peak summer travel season is upon us. With the Travel and Leisure segment making up almost one out of every nine jobs, marketing to those using these services is BIG business. See the July 4th blog titled The Leisure and Hospitality Segment — More than 1 Out of Every 10 Jobs in the US …Read more

Interest Rates Impacting Real Estate – July 2 2015 – Issue 6

This is the 6th edition of the weekly overview of interest rates impacting real estate: 10-year constant-rate Treasury Notes and 30-year fixed-rate residential loans. To see the prior edition click http://blog.stewart.com/stewart/2015/06/27/interest-rates-impacting-real-estate-june-26-2015-issue-5/ The first graph shows the 10-year Treasury note for the past 30 days. Rates were on track for an increase early the morning of …Read more

DrTCJ Tweets May 22 2015 – June 18 2015

For those of you that do not Tweet – you should consider doing so. If you want to talk about effective bang for the buck, the 140 total characters, letters, numbers and spaces of a Tweet on Twitter certainly qualifies. Who knew you could say so much in so little? It reminds me of Mark …Read more

Another Top-10 List — The Best Small Towns in America

Frequently mentioned in all studies of Millennials is their propensity to live where there is a higher quality of life and not necessarily the In Places to Be or those with the Greatest Income – provided there are jobs. The U.S., after all, was originally built on small towns. Also, as the Baby Boomers retire, …Read more