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Nov 17, 2023

You Decide: Is the Fed Done Raising Interest Rates?

Economist Mike Walden reflects on the Federal Reserve’s handling of interest rates and what goes into the decision to raise or lower rates.

Nov 3, 2023

You Decide: What Do Interest Rates Tell Us?

Economist Mike Walden shares information about interest rates and what interest rate changes mean for the economy.

Oct 23, 2023

You Decide: Which Dominates, Bad or Good Economic News?

Economist Mike Walden discusses both the bad news and the good news surrounding the economy and whether the signs for the future are a net plus or a net minus.

Oct 6, 2023

You Decide: Is the Outlook Bright for Manufacturing?

Economist Mike Walden reflects on the past, present and future of manufacturing in North Carolina and beyond.

Sep 22, 2023

You Decide: How Can Homeowners Cope With High Interest Rates?

Economist Mike Walden shares tips for navigating the current mortgage rates and economists’ mortgage predictions for the future.

Sep 8, 2023

You Decide: Is Higher Education Facing a Reset?

Economist Mike Walden shares issues that higher education is facing and his prediction for the future of North Carolina’s universities.

Aug 25, 2023

You Decide: Is There a Winner in the Debate Over Taxes?

Economist Mike Walden shares why there are disagreements about taxes, including conversations related to fairness, income distribution and economic growth.

Aug 11, 2023

You Decide: Is It a Bird, a Plane or the Crazy Economy?

Economist Mike Walden shares ideas about where the economy is headed and explains popular terms you may be hearing.

Jul 28, 2023

You Decide: What’s Wrong With Worker Productivity?

Job productivity has declined over the last two years. Economist Mike Walden shares some potential causes, including loss of education, stress and remote work.

Jul 14, 2023

You Decide: What’s the Real Poverty Rate?

Economist Mike Walden shares why calculating poverty rate is difficult, and if there has been any progress in reducing the poverty rate.