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The Everyday Economist
An overview of economic insights, COVID-19 insights and tips on how to stay sane during unemployment with Ed Kashmarek, MBA
Jun 22, 2020
June 22, 2020 - Special Message: I Am Temporarily Suspending My Podcast
Tune in to find out what's next for my podcast. Thanks for listening these past few months!
Jun 19, 2020
June 19, 2020 - Stocks Volatile as Trade News Offset by Continued COVID-19 Concerns
Tune in to find out what was behind the ups and downs in the stock market today, comments from Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren, health concerns about large gatherings this weekend and tip #50 on how to stay sane during unemployment!
Jun 18, 2020
June 18, 2020 - Jobless Claims Decline But Exceed Forecast and Leading Indicators Improve
Tune in to find out how much initial jobless claims exceeded the forecast, how much the Leading Economic Indicators Index increased, strange behavior with debt covenants and tip #49 on how to stay sane during unemployment! ***Correction: MN initial jobless claims for June 14 were 1,890, not 1.89 million.***
Jun 17, 2020
June 17, 2020 - Mortgage Applications Rise Again, Housing Starts Increase and Bad Bank Behavior
Tune in to find out how much mortgage applications rose, how many houses started being built, bad bank behavior, a look at pension problems and tip #48 on how to stay sane during unemployment!
Jun 16, 2020
June 16, 2020 – Retail Sales Surge, Housing Market Index Jumps and More Stimulus Plans
Tune in to find out how much retail sales increased in May, details on improvements in housing in June, what happened with industrial production in May, good news on a possible treatment for COVID-19, another change in the forecast for COVID-19 deaths and tip #47 on how to stay sane during unemployment!
Jun 15, 2020
June 15, 2020 - New York Manufacturing Recovering and Comments from Federal Reserve Presidents
Tune in to find out how much better the Empire State Manufacturing Index was in June compared to the forecast, economic tidbits from around the world, comments from Federal Reserve Bank presidents and tip #46 on how to stay sane during unemployment!
Jun 12, 2020
June 12, 2020 - Import and Export Prices Rise, Consumer Sentiment Increases and Fed Business Report
Tune in to find out how much import and export prices rose in May, how much consumer sentiment increased in June, insights from the Fed's report on business conditions for the ninth district and tip #45 on how to stay sane during unemployment!
Jun 11, 2020
June 11, 2020 - Jobless Claims Slow, Producer Prices Rise and Stocks Tank Amid Second Wave Worries
Tune in to find out how many people filed for initial jobless claims, how much producer prices rose, what drove the big decline in the stock market, insights on the pandemic's impacts on different demographics, notes from a webinar with MN Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm and tip #44 on how to stay sane during unemployment!
Jun 10, 2020
June 10, 2020 - Mortgage Applications Jump, Consumer Prices Fall and the Fed Remains Supportive
Tune in to find out how much mortgage applications increased, how much consumer prices fell and why, insights from the Fed's FOMC meeting, notes from a webinar on the impact of COVID-19 on the business ecosystem and tip #43 on how to stay sane during unemployment!
Jun 9, 2020
June 9, 2020 - Retail Sales Worsen, Job Openings Decline and Small Business Optimism Rises
Tune in to find out how retail sales are doing, how many jobs are available, details behind the rise in small business optimism, changes in the Fed's Main Street Lending Program and tip #42 on how to stay sane during unemployment!
Jun 9, 2020
June 8, 2020 - An Update on the Outlook for the U.S. Economy
Tune in to hear some interesting economic tidbits from around the world, highlights from NABE's June Economic Outlook Report and tip #41 on how to stay sane during unemployment!
Jun 5, 2020
June 5, 2020 - Stocks Soar on Blowout May Employment Report!
Tune in to find out the details of the shockingly good May employment report and tip #40 on how to stay sane during unemployment!
Jun 4, 2020
June 4, 2020 - Jobless Claims Trending Down, Trade Deficit Widens and Changes to the PPP Program
Tune in to find out how many people filed for unemployment insurance last week, why the trade deficit widened in April, important changes to the PPP loan program and tip #39 on how to stay sane during unemployment!
Jun 3, 2020
June 3, 2020 - Better Than Expected Economic Data and Insights on the Travel Industry
Tune in to find out recent trends in mortgage applications, how many jobs were lost in May according to ADP, how the services part of the economy is doing, what happened to factory orders in April, insights on the travel industry and tip #38 on how to stay sane during unemployment!
Jun 2, 2020
June 2, 2020 - Retail Sales Worsen and Insights from the Citizens' Council for Health Freedom
Tune in to find out how much retail sales fell last week, some insights and concerns on healthcare and the pandemic from the Citizens' Council for Health Freedom and tip #37 on how to stay sane during unemployment! Also, find out how far off the MN Department of Health/University of MN COVID-19 model was regarding predicted fatalities by the end of May compared to actual fatalities!
Jun 1, 2020
June 1, 2020 - Manufacturing Looking Better, Constructing Spending Falls and Housing Improving
Tune in to find out the state of the manufacturing industry, construction spending, the housing market and tip #36 on how to stay sane during unemployment!
May 29, 2020
May 29, 2020 - Minneapolis Burns Amid A Pandemic and Recession in an Election Year. Time to Pray!
Tune in to find out what happened with the trade deficit, personal income and spending, economic activity in the Chicago area, and consumer sentiment. Also, tip #35 on how to stay sane during unemployment, and some thoughts on the riots in Minneapolis. (Note, my comments were cut off as the recording stopped when someone called me right in the middle of recording my podcast! So the episode ends abruptly. My apologies, but no time to re-record.)
May 28, 2020
May 28, 2020 - Jobless Claims Rise, Pending Home Sales Plunge, and What to Buy This Summer
Tune in to find out the details of the latest readings on durable goods orders, GDP, jobless claims, corporate profits, pending home sales and manufacturing in the Kansas City area, as well as what you should buy this summer and tip #34 on how to stay sane during unemployment!
May 27, 2020
May 27, 2020 - More Good Economic News, Reopening Schools and Restarting the Economy
Tune in to find out the details of the latest readings on mortgage applications, retail sales, manufacturing, investor confidence and business uncertainty, as well as what reopening schools might entail, how to restart the economy and tips #32 and #33 on how to stay sane during unemployment!
May 26, 2020
May 26, 2020 - Some Good News on the Economy, and Expert Insights on the Economy and Pandemic
Tune in to find out how things are looking for overall economic activity, home prices, consumer confidence, new home sales and Dallas area manufacturing, insights on the pandemic from economic and healthcare experts from a webinar held by the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, and tip #31 on how to stay sane during unemployment!
May 22, 2020
May 22, 2020 - The Minnesota COVID-19 Model Raises Many Questions...and Eyebrows!
Tune in today for a few economic tidbits, an overview of the Minnesota Department of Health's COVID-19 model and why the numbers don't add up, and tip #30 on how to stay sane during unemployment!
May 21, 2020
May 21, 2020 - Glimmers of Hope Amid the Pan-cession and Interesting Insights on the Future of Work
Tune in to find out the details on initial jobless claims, Philadelphia manufacturing, the PMI index for manufacturing and services, existing home sales and leading economic indicators, as well as comments from the Federal Reserve, interesting insights on the future of work and tip #29 on how to stay sane during unemployment!
May 20, 2020
May 20, 2020 – Mortgage Purchase Apps Rise, Labor Market Trends and Insights on Agriculture
Tune in to find out how much mortgage applications rose, if refinance applications rose or fell, what drove the increase in the stock market today, insights on labor market trends, notes on agriculture and tip #28 on how to stay sane during unemployment!
May 19, 2020
May 19, 2020 - Housing Starts and Permits Plunge, and the Economic and Social Impacts of COVID-19
Tune in to find out when the last time housing starts and permits were this low, investor expectations for the stock market, insights from the Minneapolis Fed's COVID-19 Dashboard, very interesting insights on the economic and social impacts of the pandemic from the Minneapolis Fed's COVID Impact Survey and tip #27 on how to stay sane during unemployment!
May 18, 2020
May 18, 2020 - Improving Outlook for Housing and Economic Projections from the Fed and White House
Tune in to find out the state of the housing market, projections on the economy from the Federal Reserve and the White House, what drove the stock market today, positive news on the pandemic and tip #26 on how to stay sane during unemployment!
May 15, 2020
May 15, 2020 - A Plethora of Economic News, Impacts of Social Distancing and a Fun Surprise!
Tune in to find out the details on retail sales, New York manufacturing, consumer sentiment, industrial production and the labor market, as well as insights on the impacts of social distancing, an update on the energy industry, tip #25 on how to stay sane during unemployment and a fun surprise!
May 14, 2020
May 14, 2020 - More Unemployment Claims, A Wild Day in the Market and an Auto Industry Outlook
Tune in to find out the current situation with unemployment insurance claims, what happened with import and export prices in April, a look at oil and gas prices, a warning on the housing market, some personal finance tips, a warning for the music industry, the outlook for the auto industry and tip #24 on how to stay sane during unemployment!
May 13, 2020
May 13, 2020 - Producer Prices Plunge, Fed Comments and Virus Impacts on Labor Market Surveys
Tune in to find out the details of the decline in producer prices, interesting insights on the impact of the pandemic on the Bureau of Labor Statistics' labor market surveys, information on the Federal Reserve's newest stimulus measure, what caused today's dive in the stock market and tip #23 on how to stay sane during unemployment!
May 12, 2020
May 12, 2020 - Small Business Optimism Falls, Prices Fall the Most in Decades and Stocks Dive Late
Tune in to find out the details of the small business optimism index, details on inflation, a threat from a governor, a spoof movie becoming real, an update on hospitals, what drove the late dive in the stock market and tip #22 on how to stay sane during unemployment!
May 11, 2020
May 11, 2020 - Economic Tidbits, Labor Market Trends, Location Tracking and Pessimism vs. Reality
Tune in today to hear some interesting economic tidbits, interesting insights on recent job losses, proposals for location tracking to contain the spread of the virus, pessimism vs. reality regarding the pandemic and tip #21 on how to stay sane during unemployment!
May 8, 2020
May 8, 2020 - The Jobs Report Was Horrid, So Why Did Stocks Jump? Are Cases Rising in Reopened States?
Tune in to find out the details of today's awful jobs report for April, why the stock market jumped, news from around the world, some insights on contact tracing, whether reopened states are seeing a spike in virus cases and tip #20 on how to stay sane during unemployment!
May 7, 2020
May 7, 2020 - Initial Jobless Claims, Productivity, and A New Name for the Pandemic?
Tune in to find out what happened with initial jobless claims, how much productivity fell in the first quarter, a slew of economic insights, a possible new name for the pandemic and tip #19 on how to stay sane during unemployment!
May 6, 2020
May 6, 2020 - ADP Report Shows Record Decline in Jobs, and Interesting Insights on Virus Deaths
Tune in to find out how many jobs were lost in April according to ADP, interesting insights on virus deaths reported by the CDC compared to Worldometers, insights on weather, anti-body research, the restaurant industry, the film industry and tip #18 on how to stay sane during unemployment!
May 5, 2020
May 5, 2020 - Trade, Services, Retail Sales and a Shocking Statement from an Epidemiologist!
Tune in to find out what happened with international trade in March, the services industry in April, more insights on the meat industry, interesting trends in housing, a shocking statement from an epidemiologist and tip #17 on how to stay sane during unemployment!
May 4, 2020
May 4, 2020 - How Much Did Vehicle Sales and Factory Orders Decline? What is the Outlook for Restaurants?
Tune in to find out how much vehicle sales fell in April, how much factory orders fell in March, the outlook for restaurants, an interesting development in testing for the virus and tip #16 on how to stay sane during unemployment!
May 1, 2020
May 1, 2020 - How Bad is the State of Manufacturing? What Are States Basing Their Shutdown Measures On?
Tune in to find out how much manufacturing is suffering, whether construction spending rose or fell in March, an outlook for the restaurant industry and very interesting insights on COVID-19 models being used to determine shutdown measures!
Apr 30, 2020
How Many More People Filed For Unemployment Insurance? Record Decline in Personal Spending?
Tune in to find out how many more people filed for unemployment insurance, if the decline in personal spending in March was a record, what drove today's stock market decline and tip #14 on how to stay sane during unemployment!
Apr 29, 2020
How Bad Was GDP in Q1? Plus, the Fed Holds Rates Steady and Trump Orders Meat Plants to Reopen.
Tune in to find out how bad GDP was in the first quarter, what the Fed said at the FOMC meeting, what good news drove today's stock market jump, a recap of Trump's executive order on meat plants reopening and tip #13 on how to stay sane during unemployment!
Apr 28, 2020
April 28, 2020 - Trade Deficit Widens, Retail Sales Worsen, Consumer Confidence Plunges and a Warning From a Rancher
Tune in to find out why the trade deficit widened, how much retail sales declined last week, how much consumer confidence fell (but with some rays of hope) and a dire warning from a rancher about the food supply chain!
Apr 27, 2020
April 27, 2020 - Dallas Manufacturing Index Plunges, Food Supply Concerns and Reopening the Economy Safely
Tune in to find out how much manufacturing activity fell in the Dallas area, what one food production official said about the food supply chain, the battle between economics and health and tip #11 on how to stay sane during unemployment!
Apr 24, 2020
April 24, 2020 - Durable Goods Plunge, Consumer Sentiment Beats Expectations and Insights From a Hedge Fund Manager
Tune in to find out how much durable goods orders plunged, why consumer sentiment was better than expected, the situation with state budgets and interesting insights from a hedge fund manager!
Apr 23, 2020
April 23, 2020 - Millions More Jobless Claims, New Home Sales Fall and Notes From a Nobel Prize Winning Economist
Tune in to find out how many more people filed for unemployment insurance, how much new home sales fell and notes from a Nobel prize-winning economist! Also, exciting news about work being done on a handheld device to detect the coronavirus and tip #9 on how to stay sane during unemployment!
Apr 22, 2020
April 22, 2020 - Oil Rebounds, Stimulus Hopes Rise and Labor Market Statistics and Outlook
Tune in to find out why the stock market rose today, what current and future labor market statistics say about the state of the economy and tip #8 on how to stay sane during unemployment!
Apr 21, 2020
April 21, 2020 - Existing Home Sales Plunge, Retail Sales Crater and Oil Crashes Again
Tune in to see what happened with existing home sales, retail sales and oil, in addition to more webinar insights and tip #7 on how to stay sane during unemployment!
Apr 20, 2020
April 20, 2020 - Chicago Fed Index Plunges, Oil Crashes and the Virus Hits Home
Tune in to find out how bad the plunge in the Chicago Fed index was, details on oil prices "going negative" and tip #6 on how to stay sane during unemployment. Plus, the virus hits home for me.
Apr 17, 2020
April 17, 2020 - Record Decline in the Leading Economic Indicators Index in March
The leading economic indicators index plunged by a record amount in March. Tune in to find out what was the biggest factor, along with a CV update and my 5th tip on how to stay sane during unemployment!
Apr 16, 2020
April 16, 2020
A lot of information to share today, including some stunning revelations!
Apr 15, 2020
Special Message - New Format!
I'm back! After a very long hiatus I am reviving my podcast with a new format. Tune in to find out what you can expect with this new format! (The playback volume is rather low so crank it up!)
Sep 26, 2017
New Home Sales Report - August 2017
New home sales came in much weaker than expected in August. Tune in to find out why!
Sep 25, 2017
Existing Home Sales Report - August 2017
Existing home sales were much weaker than expected in August. Tune in to find out why!
Mar 10, 2017
Employment Report - February 2017
Job growth was much stronger than expectations in February. Tune in to find out the source of the strength!