Archive for the ‘Economic Perspective’ Category

Eating out beats eating in

Americans recently reached a milestone in terms of how they eat. NC State University economist Mike Walden explains.

Tax rates

Most people have recently completed their income tax filing, so it’s a good time to review some tax concepts. At the top of the list is tax rate, which may sound simple. But is it? NC State University economist Mike Walden responds.

Goodbye to routine jobs

One of the biggest issues in the economy in recent years has been the relatively slow improvement in jobs. NC State University economist Mike Walden outlines some of the reasons for this.

Impacts of a lower mortgage interest rate

As interest rates have fallen in recent years thousands of homeowners have refinanced their home mortgages to lower rates. When does this make sense? And what impact does it have on household finance? NC State University economist Mike Walden answers.

Why isn’t inflation higher?

The Federal Reserve created trillions of dollars of new money in an effort to fight the recession. For a long time, economists have said higher inflation can result when large amounts of new money is printed. But inflation today is still relatively low. Why? NC State University economist Mike Walden explains.

Investor errors

While investing is important, not everyone has training or background in investing. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden discusses some of the common errors made by rookie and veteran investors.

Is the economy good or bad?

Surveys indicate people are almost equally divided on their views of the economy. About half are optimistic, and half are pessimistic. Is there a logical explanation? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

Did the stimulus work?

Even five years past the recession, there’s still debate about the federal stimulus plan begun in 2009. Some say it was essential to preventing the recession from being worse than it was, while others say it was a waste of money. Is there any resolution to this debate? NC State University economist Mike Walden weighs in.

Okun’s law

In most disciplines the word law is reserved for really important relationships or findings. In economics, there is something called Okun’s Law. NC State University economist Mike Walden explains what it means.

It’s demand, not supply

The housing market has definitely improved during the past couple of years, yet Federal Reserve data indicate mortgage loans are still rather weak. North Carolina State University economist Mike Walden examples the reasons.

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