Archive for the ‘Economic Perspective’ Category

The risk of bonds

Bonds are a key investing option. But recently there’s been a lot of discussion of the impact of rising interest rates and bonds and the returns that investors in bonds might make. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains.

Staying away from cars

The automobile has been a staple of American society and culture for almost a century. Decade after decade, car ownership increased. But as N.C. State University economist Mike Walden points out to his wife, Mary, we are seeing changes in those trends, especially among younger households.

Home computers and school performance

Perhaps the most important public goal at the national, state, and local levels is improving K-12 student performance. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden highlights a recent study on whether computers at home help kids at school.

What ails North Carolina’s economy?

Our state is recovering from the great recession, but slowly. Unemployment in North Carolina still remains stubbornly high. What is the major problem holding back our economy? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

What do schools do?

When we think about K-12 schools, we think about preparing young people for a career or for going on to college. But, as N.C. State University economist Mike Walden points out to host Mary Walden, that’s not all that schools contribute.

Booming states

Although the nation has been in an economic recovery for over three years, not all states have improved at the same rate. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden considers whether there are some common elements of a state’s economy that seem to have helped.

State debt

There’s continual discussion about the national debt, especially how big it is and how it has grown. But states can also take on debt, and we don’t hear as much about this borrowing. When it comes to debt, where does North Carolina rank among the states? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden answers.

More wealth gains

The Federal Reserve recently released the new wealth numbers for households through the first three months of this year. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains what the figures show.

Cautions on the housing rebound

Most of the news on the housing market has been good recently, with sales, prices and new construction all moving in a positive direction. But, as N.C. State University economist Mike Walden tells his co-host, Mary Walden, some experts are having second thoughts.

News and stocks

Although some may say it’s a lost cause, many investors are constantly trying to predict patterns in stock prices. Recently a study focused on the impact of the news stories on stock prices. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden outlines what the study found.

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