Category: KTB Career Services

gas tax

Paper Chase: Increase The Gas Tax

  The 321,000 jobs created in November was a faster pace than economists expected, and the most in 3 years. The unemployment rate remains steady at 5.8%. Average hourly earnings are also up 0.4% which is the most in 18 months.   Auto sales were strong this year, and are...

shop local

Paper Chase: Shop Local

  OPEC, in it s most critical meeting in years amidst plunging oil prices because of oversupply and weak globe demand. However, to the surprise of many, the ministers decided not to limit production. Oil prices are at their lowest point in over 4 years below 70 dollar per barrel....

Healthcare.gov

Paper Chase: One Year of Healthcare.gov

  The Bank of China has lowered interest rates to stimulate their economy. Meanwhile, European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi started their bond buying program to jump start their economy. Central banks cutting interest rates and buying bonds definitely sounds familiar.   Existing home sales rose 1.55% in October...

age and money

Paper Chase: Age and Money

  Retail sales rose .3%. This is important because consumption makes up two thirds of the consumer economy. This increase was slightly better than analysts’s expectations and are due to falling gas prices which puts more money in consumer’s pockets. Crude oil has fallen to a 4 year low below...

midterms

Paper Chase: Midterms

  The unemployment rate of is the best it has been since July, 2008. The 214,000 jobs created in October were slightly below analysts’ expectations. The data was also revised higher for previous months.   Crude oil is at a new 4 year low this week falling below 80 dollars....

start your own business

Paper Chase: Start Your Own Business

The Fed announced a halt to quantitative easing (QE), their bond buying program. Rates will remain low stimulating economy. The Dow is at a record high with markets boosted by good news on earnings and signs of a stronger economy. Indeed, the economy expanded at 3.5% last quarterexceeding analysts expectations....

new cities

Paper Chase: New Cities

  The market rebounded last week after concerns about Europe, falling oil prices, ebola, and the economy subsided. New home sales rose 0.2% above estimates. The sale of new homes in the U.S. is the highest annual pace since July of 2008. In 2015, 401k regular contribution limits will increase...

oil

Paper Chase: Mortgages, Oil and Gas

  The latest market downswing was fueled on worries about weakness in Europe, ebola in the U.S., and deflation. Oil is below $80 per barrel for the first time in four years. This is due to weak global demand and a strong dollar as oil is traded only in U.S....

hedge funds

Paper Chase: Hedge Funds Done?

  We had the best growth since the 4th quarter of 2011 last quarter. GDP increased 4.6% revised up from 4.2%.   New home sales are the highest since 2008 surging 18% in August. This indicates strong consumer demand in what looks to be an improving economy.   The Market...

student loans

Paper Chase: Student Loans

  June saw unemployment fall to 6.1% which is the best since April 2008. The 288,000 jobs created were better than analysts predictions. The employment numbers were revised up for the last 2 months helping the Dow to exceed 17,000.   Pending home sales hit an 8 month high in...