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Rodrigo Sermeño


The Kiplinger Letter

Rodrigo Sermeño covers financial services, housing, small business, and franchising industries for The Kiplinger Letter. He previously covered Congress for PJ Media. Before switching to journalism, he worked for several think tanks and non-profit organizations in Washington, D.C., including the New America Foundation, the Streit Council, and the Arca Foundation. Rodrigo graduated from George Mason University with a bachelor's degree in international affairs. He also holds a master's in public policy from George Mason University's School of Public Policy.

Latest Features

Economic Forecasts
January 2018

Trade Will Rebound in Coming Months

Kiplinger's latest forecast on the direction of the trade deficit.

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SLIDE SHOW
June 2020

How PPP Loans Just Got Better

The CARES Act, which was signed into law on March 27, 2020, provided much-needed economic relief to businesses and employees affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the CARES Act's key components was ...

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Economic Forecasts
December 2017

Housing Market Stalled in April

Kiplinger's latest forecast on housing starts and home sales

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SLIDE SHOW
June 2020

Tips and Warnings on PPP Loan Forgiveness

For small business owners who scored a loan through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), not having to pay back what they borrowed is a huge bonus. As currently constructed under the CARES Act, the PPP ...

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SLIDE SHOW
April 2020

Answers to PPP Loan FAQs

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which was created by the Coronavirus, Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, ran out of its initial funding of roughly $349 billion just a few days after ...

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Small Business
April 2020

PPP Program Is Out of Funds — But Firms Should Keep Applying

There’s a reason the money’s all gone — the terms of the Paycheck Protection Program for small businesses are generous.

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Technology
April 2020

Another COVID-19 Victim: The Touch Screen

Consumers will look askance at anything they’re asked to touch, leading to a surge in app usage and other alternatives to contacting public screens.

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Loans
April 2020

What Small Businesses Must Know About the SBA's New Stimulus Loans

CARES Act expands select loan programs administered by the Small Business Administration. See if you qualify.

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SLIDE SHOW
May 2018

11 Places to Find Funding for Your Small Business

When you’ve got a big new idea that you want to get off the ground or an existing operation that requires an influx of capital to keep charging ahead, you want money fast. And that puts you at risk of ...

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SLIDE SHOW
October 2016

11 Sources of Funding for Your Small Business

When you’ve got a big new idea that you want to get off the ground or an existing operation that requires an influx of capital to keep charging ahead, you want money fast. And that puts you at risk of ...

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Practical Economics
September 2016

A Housing Shortage Looms: Builders Can’t Keep Up

Starter homes especially are becoming scarce.

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Practical Economics
March 2016

Improving Prospects for Most Small Businesses

Firms in the housing and tourism sectors can prosper as home sales surge and low gas prices encourage more travel.

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Practical Economics
February 2016

2016: A Second Good Year for Housing

The housing market picked up last year in many areas of the U.S. Look for it to grow as well or better this year.

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Practical Economics
July 2015

Where the Housing Market Is Headed in Late 2015

First-time home buyers will be a big driver of this market's recovery.

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Practical Economics
March 2015

Housing Market Gets Stronger in 2015

An improving economy and attractive home features will draw first-time and move-up buyers.

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Practical Economics
January 2015

Small Business Revving Up in 2015

Many firms with fewer than 50 workers have plans to expand, venture into new markets and add to payrolls.

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