Are We Middle Class, Or Just Faking It?

Seven in 10 (70%) American adults aged 18+ consider themselves part of the middle class, according to new findings from insurance company Northwestern Mutual’s 2017 Planning & Progress Study.

This compares interestingly to analysis of government data by the Pew Research Center showing that the number of middle-income…

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Lawyers in Love – With the Economy

Here’s an interesting new gauge of the economy: measuring strength, or weakness, in different areas of the economy based on legal activity.

That’s just what LegalShield, the IDShield people, have done with the LegalShield Law Index.

For instance, when legal activity heats up in the foreclosure arena, it…

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Wealth Gaps

We hear a lot of talk about the wealth and income gap(s) in the U.S., but these discussions often lack specifics. Fortunately, the U.S. Census Bureau bureau has put together some clear data on the subject.

The latest data is only from 2013, but it illustrates many…

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Consumer Confidence at the Highest Level Since December 2000

Consumers felt better about the economy – and their place in it – last month than they felt the month before. Much better. In fact, a key measure of consumer confidence reached its highest level since December 2000.

The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index, which had increased in February, improved sharply in…

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Dollar Bills Worth the Paper They’re Printed On

There was a time in the U.S. when banks issued their own paper currency. This led to all sorts of chicanery, as clever criminals figured out how to exploit people’s confusion, and create counterfeit “cash.” Even the legitimate bills weren’t safe, since banks often failed and there…

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