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Mortgage rates rise again, leading to higher monthly payments

Freddie Mac Mortgage Rates – March 31, 2022 What happened to mortgage rates this week: Freddie Mac’s fixed rate for a 30-year loan rose again this week, jumping another 25 basis points to 4.67%, its highest level since December 2018. Continuing on the recent trajectory, rates mortgages would reach 5% in a few weeks. , […]

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Impact of US Agriculture Validated in New Economic Study – Farmville

Agriculture is the backbone of America, and a new study commissioned by 30 leading agriculture and food advocacy groups has the data to back it up. The coalition – Feeding the Economy – released its 2022 Food and Agriculture Industries Economic Impact Study on March 22, National Agriculture Day. The basis of the study was […]

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Economic policy in turmoil – Journal

The ongoing political turmoil in Pakistan has meant troubling times for the government and its economic policy. The turmoil caused by the latest attempt by opposition parties to impeach the prime minister through a no-confidence vote has focused the ruling party’s energies on rescuing its leader. In doing so, he loses sight of the economic […]

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Infitah: How Sadat’s Open Door Economic Policy Lasts

Infitah: How Sadat’s Open Door Economic Policy Lasts Henry Kissinger with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat in Alexandria, August 25, 1975. Photo credit | David Hume Kennerly White House Photographs/Kissinger Papers at Yale University It was an iconic moment in contemporary Egyptian history, as President Anwar al-Sadat chaired on victory in the 1973 Arab-Israeli war. […]

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Waiting for home sales to fall for the fourth straight month

What the data shows: Contract signings for existing homes fell for the fourth consecutive month in February, with a monthly decline of 4.1%, due to a combination of rising mortgage rates, house prices and the consumer inflation. The monthly decline was propelled by declines in all regions except the Northeast. Pending home sales were 5.4% […]

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Citizen assemblies reinvigorate democracies

Credits Nathan Gardels is the editor of Noema Magazine. “The great promise of strong citizen participation”, notes the Berggruen Institute 2020 report on “Renewing Democracy in the Digital Age,” “is that it can generate innovative solutions to pressing public concerns and break the establishment of organized special-interest insiders” who tend to dominate representative government chosen […]

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World powers must form climate alliances for the planet

Credits Nathan Gardels is the editor of Noema Magazine. A breakup opens a new space in place of the broken status quo. It dispels illusions about an old order no longer fit for its purpose and makes room for what was smoldering to emerge in a clearer form. Above all, a break with the past […]

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Gold Standard Ventures: The new economic study is a failure (NYSE: GSV)

chonticha wat/iStock via Getty Images Gold Standard Ventures Corp (NYSE: GSV) is a junior exploration company developing the South Railroad project in Elko County, Nevada, United States. On March 15, 2022, the company released a new feasibility study for this project. In my opinion, the results of this study are deeply disappointing. In this article, […]

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Corporate reactions to Russian aggression could sow seeds for a better economic system – Chicago Tribune

Much has been written about trading actions in Russia over the past few weeks. Given the nature of this conflict, others will unfold for years. It is because out of every conflict come the seeds of new orders. Russia views a democratic and potentially NATO-allied Ukraine as a security issue. Russian President Vladimir Putin dreams […]

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Elites Don’t Care About Inflation By Oren M. Levin-Waldman, Socioeconomics Researcher

Listen to Socioeconomic Research Professor Oren M. Levin-Waldman’s discussion of his most recent essay, “The Elites Don’t Care About Inflation” this Wednesday, March 23, 2022. It can be heard every other Wednesday morning from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. ET on Westchester On the Level. The broadcast can be listened to “live” or “on demand” […]

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More with Kentucky Center for Economic Policy

KENTUCKY – This week on “In Focus Kentucky,” we bring you discussions in state government on the two-year state budget and how lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are advocating for the need to maximize the impact of every dollar invested. Jason Bailey is the executive director of the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy […]

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Next administrator’s economic policy should focus on productivity

THE next president of the Philippines will, among other things, be responsible for setting the overall tone and direction of economic policy for the next six years. This responsibility should be seen as an opportunity to undo the decades of flawed, “market-driven” economic philosophy that has caused the Philippine economy to lag behind many of […]

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Zimbabwe: Sudden economic policy changes negatively impact women – EJWP

Economic Justice for Women’s Project (EJWP) lamented the government’s abrupt shifts in economic policy, saying it negatively impacts the consistent monitoring of the impact of these plans on women’s empowerment in Zimbabwe. Findings in the organization’s paper titled “Post-Independence Zimbabwe Finance and Economic Policy Evolution: Impact on Women” released on Women’s Day observe that Zimbabwe […]

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Home starts jump 22.3% from 2021 levels

February 2022 New residential construction What happened: New residential construction is under pressure from inflation, labor shortages and rising interest rates. The trends are also reflected in stumbling homebuilder sentiment, with the NAHB market index down for three consecutive months, due to lower buyer traffic and affordability concerns. Additionally, with Russia’s war in Ukraine disrupting […]

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Economic policy expert and social rights advocate to receive Ford Family Notre Dame Award | News | Notre Dame News

Oby Ezekwesili Obiageli “Oby” Ezekwesili, an economic policy expert and social activist who has spearheaded groundbreaking initiatives against extremism, corruption and gender-based violence, will receive the Ford Family Notre Dame Award for International Development and Solidarity in a March 17 ceremony at the University of Notre Dame. The prize will be awarded after Ezekwesili delivers […]

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The Institute on Taxation on Economic Policy finds that Rick Scott’s tax policy would disproportionately raise taxes for the bottom 40% of Americans

March 8, 2022 A new study from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy on Senator Rick Scott’s “Skin in the Game” tax proposal found that the proposal would raise taxes by more than $1,000 on average for Americans in the bottom 40% of income distribution. The proposal would also raise taxes for the middle […]

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The economic study after the delay in the RD of Specialties

The General Director of Professional Planning, Vicenç Martínez. The final approval of Royal Decree of Specialties, that the Ministry of Health had planned to undertake in the first months of 2022, is taking longer than expected and suspicion is growing in the environment of the National Specialties Commission as to the reason justifying this delay. […]

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Putin is the product of a corrupt economic system that we must now reform

In all the comments about the war in Ukraine and the debates about whether the West bears any responsibility, very few people have made reference to social and economic factors. Yet, the Putin phenomenon must be understood as a new type of socio-economic system that was produced by a mixture of oil dependence and market […]

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Sri Lankan ministers sacked for criticizing economic policy

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s president has fired two other cabinet ministers after publicly criticizing the government’s handling of the economy, which they say is causing serious hardship to the people. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has sacked Energy Minister Udaya Gammanpila and Industry Minister Wimal Weerawansa, the president’s office announced on Thursday. A total […]