Justin Ho



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A hot labor market is good, right? So why could it lead to a recession?

Jan 3, 2023
Economists say millions of unfilled jobs could limit economic growth.
"We just do not have enough people to fill all those job openings," said Iowa State professor Peter Orazem.
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Why corporate dealmaking plummeted in 2022

Jan 3, 2023
A number of factors — the falling stock market, the war in Ukraine and rising interest rates — created uncertainty for companies that wanted to go public in 2022.
A slumping stock market is among the reasons companies refrained from going public last year.
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Layoffs are not necessarily cause for broader economic alarm

Jan 2, 2023
Unemployment claims show that laid-off workers are not staying unemployed for long. That's because hiring remains strong.
Hiring outpaced layoffs at a rate of 4 to 1 in October.
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Vehicle demand is finally slowing down

Dec 29, 2022
Demand for autos has been strong throughout the pandemic. But in recent months, demand has been softening, thanks in part to rising interest rates and elevated prices.
Used cars are displayed at a dealership in New York City.

Foreclosures are up, but not raising any red flags yet

Dec 28, 2022
An increase in foreclosures becomes a cause for concern when unemployment is on the rise and home prices are dropping.
A broker associate inspects a foreclosed home in Miami, Florida.
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Egg prices have doubled over the last year

Dec 26, 2022
Bird flu has decimated flocks. Meanwhile, demand for eggs has increased.
Bird flu has infected millions of chickens, putting stress on egg production and moving prices up.
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Corporate profits are up 10% over the same quarter last year

Dec 22, 2022
Here's a look at why American companies are making more money, and how they're spending it.
"Consumer demand has really held up much better than anyone really expected," said George Pearkes of Bespoke Investment Group.
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The Bank of Japan hints at end of ultra-low interest rates

Dec 21, 2022
Despite global and domestic inflation, Japan's central bank held interest rates near zero. But it's just hinted that this policy will change.
By letting interest rates go up, the Bank of Japan could make government bonds more attractive to investors.
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The Fed is easing up on interest rate hikes. Here's how that could affect the economy.

Dec 14, 2022
The rates on some types of loans have already been coming down.
Interest on certain types of loans, like mortgages, have already been coming down.
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Consumers turn to cheaper packaged foods — even at higher new prices — for inflation relief

Dec 8, 2022
Food companies say they're dealing with inflation themselves.
While Campbell’s sales grew last quarter, its costs were also up 18%.
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