Trends & Analysis

Activity Rises for US Startups in 2016

Activity Rises for US Startups in 2016

Startup activity last year in the United States rose for the second straight year, according to the Kauffman Index of Startup Activity.
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US Consumer Prices Post Biggest Rise in Nearly 4 Years

U.S. consumer prices rose in January at the fastest pace in nearly four years, strengthening the case for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates this year.
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Pakko: State Housing Numbers Continue Upward Trend

Prices and sales figures show the state still bouncing back from the housing market bust.
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Claims for US Jobless Benefits Tick Up, Level Still Healthy

More Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, but claims remained at a low level consistent with a healthy job market. read more >

Americans Buy Existing Homes at Fastest Pace in a Decade

Americans shrugged off rising mortgage rates and bought existing homes in January at the fastest pace since 2007. read more >

Just Because One Can ... (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

It may not be illegal for President Trump to tweet-shame a department store chain for dropping his daughter's line of fashion merchandise, but just because he can doesn't mean he should. read more >

Making the Tough Calls (Barry Goldberg On Leadership)

Decision making — especially when it is hard — is a fundamental part of leadership. read more >

Arkansas Taxable Sales Up in 4Q

Arkansas' taxable sales rose a seasonally adjusted 0.4 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016 and were up 1.8 percent compared with a year earlier. read more >

US Home Building Falls as Developers Start Fewer Apartments

U.S. builders broke ground on fewer homes last month, led by a drop in apartment construction. read more >

US Consumer Prices Post Biggest Rise in Nearly 4 Years

U.S. consumer prices rose in January at the fastest pace in nearly four years, strengthening the case for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates this year. read more >

Pro-Trump Arkansas Resists Anti-Sanctuary Bill (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

A legislative panel's rejection of an effort to cut off funding to so-called sanctuary campuses shows resistance by lawmakers to fully embrace the president's immigration rhetoric, even in a solidly red state. read more >