Lessons from the government shutdown: Be prepared!

Karen Mayfield
Mortgage Banking
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As we learned from the government shutdown of 2013, financial hardship can strike at any time. Use these 6 tips to deal with an unexpected blow to your household income.

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U.S. Outlook: Downside tail-risks diminish for 2014

Scott Anderson
Chief Economist
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Better-than-expected retail sales in November and upward revisions to prior months are adding to the optimistic picture we’ve been painting for 2014.

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Instant Analysis: December FOMC statement

Scott Anderson
Chief Economist
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The FOMC tiptoed into the taper pool by announcing a reduction in monthly asset purchases at today’s FOMC meeting, starting in January. Beginning next year, the Fed will be purchasing $75 billion a month in agency mortgage-backed securities and Treasury securities, a $10 billion reduction from the current pace of $85 billion.

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2014 U.S. Outlook: Firing on all cylinders

Scott Anderson
Chief Economist
graph of GDP forecast for 2014

For the first time since the “Great Recession,” the U.S. consumer will drive economic expansion in 2014.

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