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How the BLS Fudges Jobs Report Numbers with Seasonal Adjustments

Jobs report data, like July's, is known to include seasonally adjusted numbers.

But there's a big problem with the way the Bureau of Labor Statistics calculates these adjustments...

Economic Data

Is Sears Doomed for Bankruptcy in the Second Half of 2016? (SHLD)

Sears Holdings Corp. (Nasdaq: SHLD) has a long and rich history, and its founders revolutionized the retail catalog.

But the only value Sears has left is in nostalgia, and you can't exactly put a price tag on that.

That's because Sears is burning through cash, can't attract shoppers, and has a massive debt load. And there are big warning signs that Sears may close its doors for good in 2016...

Economic Data

We Found This Recession Signal Buried in Your Tax Data

An economic recession in the U.S. could be right around the corner. This one chart of your tax data shows why.

Check it out here...

Global Markets

Negative Interest Rates Are Still Dangerous Despite Japan's GDP Growth

The Japanese economy grew in Q1 2016, but negative interest rates could cause long-term issues for the world's third-largest economy.

You see, central banks are making dangerous assumptions about negative-interest-rate policies facilitating economic growth and recovery.

And if more countries adopt these short-sighted policies, we could be on the verge of an economic collapse. Here's why negative interest rates are so dangerous...

Economic Data

What Is an Earnings Recession and Is This One?

First-quarter earnings season got underway in earnest this week and the overall outlook for S&P 500 companies is glum.

That's left investors asking us "what is an earnings recession and is this one?"

Here's everything investors need to know now...

Global Markets

How Does Terrorism Affect the Economy?

The horrific terrorist events of late reinforce a very important financial relationship that escapes 99% of all observers – the counterintuitive nature of terrorism and what it means for your money.

It's not an easy conversation to have, but it's vitally important: How does terrorism affect the economy?

Money Morning Technical Trading Specialist D.R. Barton – a world-renowned authority on technical trading with 28 years' experience – joined host Neil Cavuto on FOX Business' "Cavuto: Coast to Coast" on Monday. There, he examined what has historically happened to the economy following terrorist attacks, and why.

Watch the video to see Barton's breakdown - plus, get his predictions on what investors can expect now...

Economic Data

September Layoffs Surge 93% as Hewlett-Packard Slashes 30,000 Jobs

September layoffs surged as U.S.-based employers announced plans to slash 58,877 jobs.

According to the global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, September layoffs were up 43% from August. The total was also up 93% from September 2014, when 30,477 planned layoffs were announced.

Here's which sectors, and companies, were hardest hit...


Yes, America's Middle Class Is Shrinking – Here's the Proof

The middle class is shrinking here in the United States. A recent study revealed that the percentage of middle-class households in America dropped in every single state between the years 2000 – 2013.

And that's not all.

Here are five more facts that evidence middle-class America is shriveling...

U.S. economy

Catalyst #3: China Gold Reserves Threaten the U.S. Dollar

China gold reserves have been kept secret – but we know China is stockpiling faster than ever. And with enough of the yellow metal, China gold reserves could actually harm the U.S. dollar.

Watch the video to see how analysts know China is secretively stockpiling gold - and exactly why that poses a threat…


Cash Hoarding Corporations Hurt by Strong Dollar

Larry Fink says the strong dollar is bad for the U.S. economy. That's no surprise. But the Blackrock boss didn't mention, in his April 6 interview with the Financial Times, that the skyrocketing dollar could trip up the biggest tech companies – those that thought themselves smart for parking squillions overseas to avoid U.S. taxes.

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