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California Has 2nd Highest Median Home Price In U.S.

California Has 2nd Highest Median Home Price In U.S.

Mike LaFirenza The booming real estate market has been one of the most noteworthy stories of the pandemic-era economy. Demand for residential real estate increased early on in the pandemic at a time when living and working space took on greater importance. Government stimulus in response to COVID-19’s economic effects, low mortgage interest rates, and […]

California Has 0.2% Decrease In Homeownership Since 2010

California Has 0.2% Decrease In Homeownership Since 2010

Mike LaFirenza The COVID-19 pandemic created divergent fortunes for different parts of the income scale, and housing provides some of the starkest examples. Low-income earners were more likely to lose their jobs or have hours cut back and as a result relied more on government stimulus measures like direct payments, expanded unemployment benefits, eviction moratoriums, […]

Help Wanted: The Labor Shoe Is On The Other Foot

Help Wanted: The Labor Shoe Is On The Other Foot

    by Thomas L. Knapp “I’m a small business owner,” someone identified as “Andy” writes to syndicated advice columnists J.T. and Dale, “and I can’t believe how many people just don’t want to work anymore. … my business is suffering, because I can’t get employees.” My social media feeds are full of photographs — […]

California Has 6th Most Homes For Sale Among Youngest States

California Has 6th Most Homes For Sale Among Youngest States

Mike LaFirenza Strong demand in the real estate market has been one of the major economic stories of the last year. The COVID-19 pandemic put a premium on living space, while strong savings rates and investment returns, aggressive government stimulus, and persistently low interest rates have put the conditions in place for more homebuyers to […]

Golden State Payday: Californians Get Second Taxpayer Stimulus Starting Friday

Golden State Payday: Californians Get Second Taxpayer Stimulus Starting Friday

By Cole Lauterbach | The Center Square Close up of a California Golden State stimulus check with envelope for $600, given out to qualifying taxpayers as part of the California COVID-19 relief program. Shutterstock (The Center Square) – Many Californians are waking up to more money in their bank accounts today.  Friday marks the second installment […]

Midnight in America

Midnight in America

By: Peter Schiff, CEO of Euro Pacific Capital   Editor’s note: legendary financial and investment expert Peter Schiff comments on the underlying reasons for Donald Trump’s victory and his recently announced first hundred days plan. Employing the unyielding rules of economics, he concludes that the plan makes some unwarranted assumptions and does not allow sufficient reductions […]

Yellen Takes Off Training Wheels

Yellen Takes Off Training Wheels

By Chip Bok Bokbluster.com   Janet Yellen took the training wheels off the economy on Wednesday. After seven years of near zero percent interest rates, the Fed hiked rates a quarter percent. Meanwhile, Congress passed a 2,000 page,  1.2 trillion dollar budget. That tacked another 157 billion onto the 18.5 trillion dollar national debt. Yellen On Friday the Dow […]

Cartoonist Chip Bok: Greatest National Security Threat

Cartoonist Chip Bok: Greatest National Security Threat

By Chip Bok Bokbluster.com Not only is climate change our greatest national security threat. It causes terrorism. Trust me. Editor’s note: Chip is a talented cartoonist as well as political commentator.  People like this don’t work for free, so would you help us with our Adopt-a-Reporter program?  If you like and would be willing to help […]

Cartoonist Chip Bok: Fed Up

Cartoonist Chip Bok: Fed Up

Cartoonist Chip Bok: Government train wreck

Cartoonist Chip Bok: Government train wreck