Practical Economics

Practical Economics

The Kiplinger Letter\'s economics team helps you make sense of the latest economic data and trends.

March 9, 2020

U.S. Manufacturing Is Already Ailing from Coronavirus

Supplies are hard to come by, and in the longer-term demand may be at risk.

See More On: Economic Forecasts

March 7, 2020

Consumers Will Feel Impact of Rapidly Falling Interest Rates

Mortgage and car loans will experience the most significant dips, while some holders of Treasuries may get a slight boost.

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August 26, 2019

Is a Recession Imminent?

Shoppers will have to carry the load for now because weak business investment shows no sign of perking up anytime soon. Odds are, they’ll be able to.

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June 21, 2018

Will You Have to Pay More Sales Taxes on Your Online Purchases?

One thing’s for sure: Consumers who live in one of the five states without a sales tax won’t be affected by the Supreme Court’s ruling.

See More On: Leisure Spending

June 12, 2018

3 Factors That Could Drive the Next Recession

The economy is humming along nicely, but how long can the good times continue?

See More On: Economic Forecasts | Business Costs & Regulation | Politics

April 10, 2017

How a Border Tax Would Affect You

A plan to limit imports could raise prices but also create more jobs.

See More On: Business Costs & Regulation | Business Travel | Tax Planning

January 8, 2018

What to Expect From the New Fed Chief

By and large, Jerome Powell will move along the path set by his predecessor.

See More On: Economic Forecasts

September 20, 2016

A Housing Shortage Looms: Builders Can’t Keep Up

Starter homes especially are becoming scarce.

See More On: Buying & Selling a Home

September 6, 2016

Is Credit-Card Debt Out of Control?

Balances are on the rise, but defaults are still low.

See More On: Credit Cards | Credit Reports & Scores | Getting Out of Debt

June 24, 2016

Help Wanted in America: Skilled Workers

In an ever-more-competitive job market, technology increases the need for skilled workers.

See More On: Technology | Careers

June 21, 2016

The Unintended Consequences of a Boost in Overtime Pay

New rules mean millions more employees will be overtime-eligible. But will employers find workarounds?

See More On: Business Costs & Regulation | Leisure Spending

May 17, 2016

America's Perilous National Debt

At $14 trillion and climbing, it's like "termites in the basement."

See More On: Getting Out of Debt

May 6, 2016

U.S. Economy to Perk Up in Second Half

Consumers are recovering from a swoon induced by a wobbly stock market. But energy, other sectors will continue to struggle.

See More On: Economic Forecasts

May 3, 2016

Savers Feel the Pain of Low Interest Rates

The Fed's low-rate policy has cost U.S. savers $470 billion.

See More On: Making Your Money Last | Banking | Dividends

March 29, 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.

See More On: Small Business

March 12, 2016

Is the Stock Market Signaling a Recession Ahead?

Sinking stocks don't necessarily presage an economic downturn.

See More On: Economic Forecasts | Stocks & Bonds

February 29, 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.

See More On: Buying & Selling a Home | Mortgages & Refinancing

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