Millions of Americans are having their credit scores adversely affected by the pandemic, as banks and finance companies modify the extension of credit. As consumers struggle to retain a fragile balance between joblessness, lower wages, and household expenses, lenders are cutting credit limits, lines of credit, and credit card charge limits. The result has been […]
Recent government data that tracks inflation, known as the Consumer Price Index (CPI), has been rising steadily since the onset of the pandemic in March. Economists believe that the rise can be construed as either a rebounding economy or as a general rise in overall prices. The concern is that the current economic environment continues […]
October markets constrained by election uncertainty Stocks were initially bullish in October but soon turned to trace a downward trajectory, reflecting major uncertainties around the election, economy and the pandemic. The initial strength came as a reversal of September’s selloff; however, the approaching presidential election caused the market to retreat into a holding pattern as […]
U.S. equities zigzagged throughout October as uncertainty surrounding the election and a second stimulus package instilled volatility. Global developed market equities declined in October as earnings became more of a concern among companies throughout various industries. In the U.S., the S&P 500 Index dropped the most ever for the week leading up to a presidential […]
With the election over, a lingering uncertainty has been removed as expectations of how fiscal policy and stimulus programs funded by government debt may evolve. Some economists and market analysts project eventual higher taxes along with an expanding fiscal deficit. The delay in getting a second stimulus bill through Congress hindered markets throughout October due […]
Worldwide Hunger Rising amid Pandemic The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the world’s food supply chain and may be tipping towards a global hunger crisis. The food deficit is expected to surpass the worst numbers over the past century. Changes in the global supply chain and consumer spending habits are two major factors driving the hunger […]
Store and restaurant closures have prompted consumers nationwide to stay home, spend less, and save more. Dwindling consumer confidence along with uncertainty in the job market has prompted a shift in behavior from spending to saving. The savings rate jumped from 8.4% in February this year to 32.2% in April as the pandemic took hold […]
The pandemic’s full effect on American cities remains to be seen, with major uncertainties regarding the sociological impact on individuals and communities. This widespread disruption of society magnifies concerns of widening socioeconomic inequality, as those lower on the economic ladder experience the worst impact. As businesses continue to adapt to the post-pandemic period cities will […]
The most recent labor statistics made available by the U.S. Department of Labor identifies more severe increases in unemployment in certain industries. Economists and analysts believe that the year-over-year increases in unemployment are attributable to the pandemic, where mandatory closures and restrictions are continuing to hinder businesses and workers nationwide. Unemployment is affecting various occupations […]
September Pullback Suggests Market Top Financial markets saw their first negative month in September since the crash as stock indices dropped from their all-time highs after the furious August rally. A pullback in red hot tech stocks combined with a plethora of growing economic and political concerns sent markets plunging at the start of the […]
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