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The US housing market in charts: Case-Shiller and home permits

By Ben Walsh
November 26, 2013

US home prices rose 0.7% in September and are up 13.3% over the same period last year, according to new data from the S&P Case-Shiller index. The index, which measures single-family home prices in twenty metro areas, showed the highest year-over-year gain since February 2006, Reuters reports.

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Four charts from the most important jobs report you aren’t following

By Ben Walsh
November 22, 2013

The most important jobs report you've probably never heard of was released this morning by the BLS. The "Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey" demands your attention if only for its acronym, JOLTS. Janet Yellen pays close attention to it, and with good reason.

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Fewer Americans are getting laid off, but not enough are getting hired

By Ben Walsh
November 21, 2013

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits is at a two-month low, data released by the Labor Department this morning shows.  From the report:

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Summers goes negative

By Ben Walsh
November 18, 2013

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China’s one-child policy in charts

By Ben Walsh
November 18, 2013

On Friday, China announced its intention to relax its one-child policy, after more than 30 years. Reuters' Sui-Lee Wee and Li Hui report that the shift has been under consideration for the last five years. The complex set of family planning policies, they write, are "now regarded by many experts as outdated and harmful to the economy", due in part to an aging population.

Do stocks really trade for fractions of a penny? Sort of

By Ben Walsh
November 18, 2013

When Nick Lemann’s New Yorker profile of SEC chair Mary Jo White came out, Felix took issue with this assertion:

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America’s problem with productivity — and wages

By Ben Walsh
November 15, 2013

Yesterday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics Released third quarter productivity and labor costs data. Non-farm worker productivity grew at an annual rate of 1.9% versus a 1.8% increase in the previous quarter, while non-farm labor costs fell at an annual rate of 0.6%. In other words, workers aren't getting much more productive, and, by one measure, wages aren't really increasing either.

Ken Griffin wants to break up the big banks, or run one

By Ben Walsh
November 14, 2013

Ken Griffin, who runs the $14 billion hedge fund Citadel, said Tuesday that he wants to break up banks:

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Payment plans

By Ben Walsh
November 12, 2013

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We didn’t build that

By Ben Walsh
November 6, 2013

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