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05/17/2016 - 9:30am in Fishkind Commentaries
With the resurgence in consumer spending, 90.7 economic analyst Hank Fishkind predicts continued growth to boost the overall health of the economy.
05/10/2016 - 3:00pm in Fishkind Commentaries
We’ve heard from 90.7’s economic analyst Hank Fishkind that both the U.S. economy and Florida’s look good…on paper. But many people still think the economy is on the wrong track because they’re not feeling the recovery. Fishkind says there are several factors contributing to this disconnect between economic growth and public perception. One is that the rate of growth has been slow, and another is that wages have stagnated. But also, he says, the recovery has been uneven.
05/03/2016 - 11:10am in Fishkind Commentaries
Last week was not a good one for the economy, according to 90.7 economic analyst Hank Fishkind. GDP growth was just .5 percent in the 1st quarter of the year, down from already weak numbers. The stock market sold off sharply and investors moved money into US treasury bonds…where it’s safe, but lower-yield. But Fishkind says thanks to job and population growth – especially in Central Florida – the situation is not gloomy, even though it may seem that way.
04/26/2016 - 2:02pm in Fishkind Commentaries
Housing market data were the big economic news last week. 90.7 economic analyst Hank Fishkind walks us through the numbers, but first, he takes a look at what those numbers tell us and why housing markets are important to the economic outlook in general and particularly in Florida.
04/20/2016 - 10:00am in Fishkind Commentaries
New economic reports for the U.S. and Florida are out, and they seem contradictory and confusing. Retail sales were much weaker than expected and the consumer price index went down, but nearly 250,000 jobs were created nationally in the past year and the number of new unemployment claims dropped, too. So, is the U.S. economy growing, or slowing? 90.7’s economic analyst Hank Fishkind says it’s doing both. He explains how the data balance out nationally and locally, starting with a look at the “slow” side.
04/12/2016 - 3:06pm in Fishkind Commentaries
Residents along the Indian River Lagoon have been cleaning up after last month’s unprecedented fish kill. It may be one of the worst fish kills, but it’s not the first – five years ago, another brown algae bloom not only caused a massive fish kill, but it also destroyed more than half the lagoon’s vital sea grass beds. As news broke of another fish kill in the Tampa area, 90.7’s Nicole Creston asked economic analyst Hank Fishkind to explain the economic implications of these events, and to talk about the lagoon itself…starting with what is making it so unhealthy.
03/30/2016 - 11:00am in Fishkind Commentaries
Florida’s jobs numbers for February have just been released, and they seem positive. The unemployment rate dipped to 4.9 percent, down a fraction from the month before and well below the numbers from this time last year. The job growth rate ticked up as well…by three percent, which is higher than the national rate of 1.9 percent. 90.7’s Nicole Creston asked economic analyst Hank Fishkind what’s driving the strong job performance in Central Florida and across the state.
03/23/2016 - 2:19pm in Fishkind Commentaries
President Obama’s current Cuba trip marks the first time a US president has visited the country in 88 years. The trip comes after more than a year of improving diplomatic relations. Politically, the changing relationship between the US and Cuba is complicated and highly charged. 90.7’s economic analyst Hank Fishkind is focusing in on the financial implications and how Florida will be affected from an economic perspective. In the short run, he says…the impact will be very small.
03/16/2016 - 9:54am in Fishkind Commentaries
On Florida’s presidential primary day, 90.7’s economic analyst Hank Fishkind takes on two big economic issues getting a lot of attention that are important for state finances: trade and migration. He begins his examination of the two with trade. Fishkind says all the presidential candidates have at least some criticism of NAFTA and the pending Trans Pacific Partnership agreement.