Category: Economy

New 2010 Stimulus Package Tax Breaks – Focused on Economic Aid For Middle Class Families via Increased Child Care, Student and Aged Care Credits

[Updated following SOU speech] President Barack Obama has proposed a new round of stimulus spending in 2010, focused on middle class families struggling to pay bills and care for their… Read more »

US Economic Outlook – Strong Growth Expected as Recession Fades. GDP Growth Continues At Slower Pace

[2011 Outlook] So what will 2011 look like for the US and global economy? 2010 was a year of recovery, but it was sputtering and many questioned whether the recovery… Read more »

Best Job Prospects, Occupations and Professions in the Next Decade – 2010, 2011, 2012 to 2018

There is no doubt that the nation is going through one its toughest employment periods in a long time. With unemployment rates close to 20% across many regions, it’s tough… Read more »

A Second 2010 Economic Stimulus in President Obama's New Job Programs Focusing on Small Business, Infrastructure and Home Energy Efficiency

President Obama has announced three proposals intended to turn around the nation’s ailing job market and spur employment growth, including strengthening investments to small businesses who are finding it hard… Read more »

Federal Unemployment Benefits Insurance Extension Unlikely

[Latest Update] With the Republicans taking control of Congress and the Presidency it is highly unlikely that any further unemployment benefits extension will be approved going forward. Particularly as the unemployment… Read more »

No Increase, but Congress to Extend $8000 First-time Home Buyer Tax Credit into 2010 and Make Available to More Home Buyers and Owners

[Updated Nov] – See this post for details on the home buyer credit extenstion approval and new provisions: 2010 First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit Extension Approved and Expanded to Existing Home… Read more »

Update on the $250 Social Security Stimulus (SSI) Payment in 2010 for Retirees, Veterans and the Disabled Who Get No COLA Increase

Congress officially nixed a one-time payment of $250 in 2010 to Social Security recipients who haven’t received cost of living adjustments (COLA) since 2008.  The cancellation of a $250 SSI payment… Read more »