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Recent articles by Paul:

'Renewed optimism' lifts consumer confidence to 16-year high

Strong job growth, lofty stock prices and cheap gasoline are making people feel better about the economy. → Read More

Healthy U.S. consumer takes spotlight this week

The American consumer takes center stage in a relatively light week of economic news. Reports will highlight the latest data on consumer confidence and spending, home prices, and the final estimate of economic growth in the fourth quarter. → Read More

Consumer spending could determine Q1 growth

Delays in tax refunds may have dampened consumption in February → Read More

Can housing keep chugging despite headwinds?

Reports this week cover new and existing home sales, business investment → Read More

Housing reports to gauge effects of rising rates

The housing market has been a bright spot for the economy, but some clouds are looming. First, 30-year fixed mortgage rates have risen to 4.3% from 3.47% in October. The prospect of higher inflation and more Federal Reserve rate increases could push up rates another quarter- to half-a-percentage point by the end of 2017. That nudge up monthly payments on a $200,000 mortgage by as much as $60.… → Read More

Fed raises interest rates for 3rd time in 15 months and forecast for hikes unchanged

The Federal Reserve lifted its benchmark rate by a quarter point to a range of 0.75% to 1%. → Read More

What a Fed rate hike means for you (get ready to pay more)

The expected FFederal Reserve decision Wednesday to lift its benchmark short-term interest rate by a quarter percentage point is likely to have a domino effect across the economy as it gradually pushes up rates for everything from mortgages and credi → Read More

Trump's agenda spurs CEOs' hiring and spending plans

Meanwhile, small business optimism dipped in the first three months of the year, though it remained near record highs. → Read More

Trump clouds picture as Fed considers interest rate hikes

The Fed Is set to raise rates Wednesday and may forecast faster increases. → Read More

Fed rate hike highlights economic news this week

Also this week: reports on retail sales, inflation, housing starts, industrial production → Read More

Concerns about riskier mortgages are sprouting

Delinquencies on FHA-backed mortgages ticked up recently → Read More

Will Fed hike rates more rapidly? Clues coming Wednesday

Fed policymakers are expected to update their forecasts for the economy and interest rates → Read More

Strong job growth makes Fed rate hike almost certain

Workers' ages also rose last month Pay gains are expected to accelerate as the low unemployment rate forces employers to bid up to attract a smaller pool of workers. → Read More

ADP: Businesses added booming 298,000 jobs in Feb.

Economists expected ADP to report 189,000 job gains → Read More

Jobs report could sway Fed rate hike

Also this week: reports on factory orders, the trade balance, consumer credit → Read More

Faster wage growth would lift odds of Fed hike

Economists expect 185,000 job gains and a bounce-back in pay increases in Feb. employment report → Read More

Yellen signals likely rate hike at March meeting

Fed chief says rate increase "would likely be appropriate" if Fed sees gains in payrolls, inlation → Read More

Economic growth lackluster at end of 2016 but stronger gains may lie ahead

Growth estimate was unchanged as stronger consumer spending offset weaker business outlays → Read More

Tight labor market allows more job seekers to call the shots

More workers are shifting into different industries as the labor market tightens → Read More

Trump speech could detail economic plan, tax cuts

Also this week: reports on consumer spending, business investment, manufacturing, Q4 growth → Read More