Economy & Market Trends/Global & U.S. Financial Market

  • 4 ways a Fed rate hike would impact you


    Update on Thursday, September 17: The Federal Reserve is keeping interest rates at historic lows for at least another month. The Federal Reserve is expected to raise interest rates soon...

  • 4 Employers Who Are Raising Minimum Wage For Workers


    Some fast-food restaurants are taking it upon themselves to raise the minimum wage by starting their employees at $9.50, $10.50, or even $15 an hour! A few weeks ago, I told you about CVS the big...

  • Why intown properties are a smart buy today


    Looking to buy a home, or to sell and move to another one? Knowing about this population trend can help you buy where home values are likely to rise quickly...

  • Gas prices to drop this summer?


    Experts are claiming the price of a barrel of oil will drop significantly over the next 60 months. Here's why.

  • Foreclosure deals for the average homebuyer


    Special cash incentives are on the table for homebuyers who want to owner-occupy our nation's foreclosures. No investors allowed in this sweet deal!

  • What's driving the economic recovery in 2014?


    After a rough winter slowed the economy in much of the country, Clark has a revised economic forecast for 2014, driven by a surge in this sector.

  • Bitcoin is NOT an investment


    Have you heard about Bitcoin? It's an alternative digital currency that represents a reaction to loss of faith in government and fiat currency. Three years ago, a Bitcoin was worth less than $1....

  • Positive signs for 2014 economic growth


    One important engine of job growth is primed for a positive 2014. Is this the signal of economic growth that we've been waiting for?

  • Would you pay more for the "Made in America" label?


    I never think to look at the label on clothing to see where something is made. It doesn't even cross my mind. That admission might make you mad at me. Does that make me unpatriotic in some way? ...

  • Wine and coffee prices to change


    The price of your favorite beverage is either going way up or way down in 2014 -- depending if you're a coffee drinker or a wine enthusiast.

  • Housing Market update: Autumn 2013


    The recovery in the housing market is rock solid. But will the rise in interest rates derail it?

  • What's "fueling" the drop in gas prices?


    Gas prices are down 40 cents on average from a year ago. Here's what's behind the trend.

  • Debt limit debacle could hurt economy


    While the federal government goes into the second straight week of shutdown, a larger crisis over the debt limit debate looms. If you're not a political junkie, you may be wondering why...

  • How will a government shutdown impact you?


    You've been hearing a lot about the budget battles in Washington and the threat of a government shutdown. I want to cut through the politics and talk about what it means to your life. Should we...

  • More consumer goods to be "Made In USA"


    The prevailing thought is that it's vastly cheaper to make something in China than in the USA. But that myth is getting overturned by a major tech company. Go USA!