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Consumer Sentiment Soars in March

Consumer Sentiment Soars in March

Consumer sentiment rebounded from its midwinter slump in the first weeks of March, boosted by middle and lower income households.

Inflation Remained Tame in February

Inflation Remained Tame in February

Still no signs that the price level of consumer goods is rising due to a rising budget deficit or tariffs on imported goods.

Many China Hawks Okay with Tariff Delay

Many China Hawks Okay with Tariff Delay

President Donald Trump's announcement that he would delay an increase in tariffs on Chinese goods has not set off the alarm bells among China hawks that earlier signs the administration could soften its stance on China did.

Job Openings Hit Highest Level Ever

Job Openings Hit Highest Level Ever

The jobs market showed no signs of slowing down in December. Job openings hit an all-time high in the month despite the shutdown.

Small Business Optimism Catches Cold

Small Business Optimism Catches Cold

One of the foundations of the Trump-era economic expansion weakened again in January, the fifth straight month of decline.

Tariffs Still Aren't Raising Consumer Prices

Tariffs Still Aren't Raising Consumer Prices

Consumer prices on many items subject to tariffs actually fell in December, defying predictions that the trade war would weigh on American consumers.

Lighthizer Will Run the China Trade Talks

Lighthizer Will Run the China Trade Talks

After several hours of confusion and conflicting reports, Larry Kudlow made it clear Monday that U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lightizer will run the next stage of China talks.

Poll: 79% of Farmers Sticking with Trump

Poll: 79% of Farmers Sticking with Trump

American farmers have been hit by China's retaliatory tariffs on U.S. soybeans. Nonetheless, farmers are sticking by the president and his Make American Great Again agenda.

Federal Budget Deficit Rises 17 Percent

Federal Budget Deficit Rises 17 Percent

Spending jumped higher in 2018, so the budget deficit is higher despite a rise in tax revenue. There are no signs that this poses a risk to the Trump boom.

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