Government

October 1, 2020

Small Business Activity Stagnant in August

In August, there were 23.7% fewer businesses open relative to January. This represents an increase in small business closures of 1.2%age points since July. A spike […]
September 10, 2020

The Scramble to Stop Pandemic Loan Fraud

Banks filed an abnormally high number of reports of suspected business loan fraud in July, according to government data analyzed by the Project On Government Oversight […]
September 10, 2020

Household Debt Falls for First Time Since 2014

After setting records in 23 consecutive quarters, total household debt fell in the second quarter for the first time since 2014 as shutdowns associated with the […]
June 8, 2020

Consumer Confidence is Shattered

Consumer confidence has collapsed amid the coronavirus pandemic and isn’t getting a lift from states re-opening their economies, according to a new report. A Morning Consult […]
June 8, 2020

Economy Will Improve but Remain Distressed

Following April’s record one-month decline, consumer confidence inched upward in May by an insignificant amount, according to the University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers. The Sentiment […]
June 8, 2020

The US Economy is in a Recession

Today, the National Bureau of Economic Research said the U.S. economy peaked in February, ending the longest expansion in U.S. history at 128 months, or about […]
May 19, 2020

Serious Mortgage Defaults will Surge in 2021

After over two years of falling delinquency rates, the burgeoning unemployment following the coronavirus shutdown will bring a surge of outstanding mortgages, according to CoreLogic’s Loan […]
May 19, 2020

Fed Warns of Widespread Business Failures

Federal Reserve officials warned the virus outbreak and a partial shutdown of the U.S. economy would result in a decline in the current quarter of historic […]
May 19, 2020

Credit Card Spending Down 40%

Spending on JPMorgan Chase & Co. credit cards plunged 40% for the average U.S. family at the start of the coronavirus slowdown, an “enormous” drop that […]