Retail Sales Jump Counters Recession Fears
Sales increased 0.7% in July, "a reassuring sign for a U.S. economy that’s facing mounting hurdles."
Core CPI Rises 0.3% for Second Straight Month
The July inflation readings reduce "the chances that the U.S. central bank would cut rates by half a percentage point" in September.
U.S. Housing Starts Decline in June
The housing market continues to struggle despite lower mortgage rates.
U.S. Producer Prices Rise 0.1% in June
The tepid gain in the PPE points to “relatively subdued inflation, as most of the increase was driven by volatile categories of goods and services.”
Core Inflation Posts Biggest Jump in 17 Months
The pick-up in underlying inflation in June "argues against aggressive monetary stimulus from the central bank," an economist says.
Fed Chair Powell Signals a Rate Cut is Coming
In Powell’s testimony to Congress, he said ‘crosscurrents’ have been weighing on economic activity and the central bank will ‘act as appropriate.’
ECB Leaves Rates Unchanged, Hints at Easing
Amid "pervasive uncertainty" over trade, "the ECB and the U.S. Federal Reserve appear to have given up on plans to tighten [monetary] policy."
Sanders, AOC Call for Cap on Credit Card Rates
The high-profile lawmakers say a 15% cap is needed to protect consumers from the "economic brutality" of big banks.
Fed Resists Pressure for Interest Rate Cut
The Fed doesn't see "a strong case for moving [rates] in either direction" amid weak inflation and solid economic growth.
U.S. Consumer Spending Surges 0.9% in March
“The economy is in a sweet spot for now," with inflation pressures remaining too weak for the Fed to raise interest rates.
U.S. Housing Starts Fall to Near 2-Year Low
“Waiting for construction activity to pick up after a sharp drop in mortgage rates is like waiting for Godot."