Julia Zhu

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Work, School And Marriage: Americans At Age 27

Friday, March 28, 2014

The government released new data this week from a long-running survey of a group of Americans born in the early 1980s. The latest report provides a partial snapshot of 27-year-olds. You can read the full report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, but here are a ...


Europe Says Your Parmesan Isn't Really Parmesan

Friday, March 14, 2014

The European Union wants U.S. cheese makers to stop calling their Parmesan cheese Parmesan cheese, the AP reports. According to the Europeans, only cheese called Parmesan should come from Parma, Italy. Also: If it doesn't come from Greece, it's not feta.

The Europeans have been making their cheese ...


Four Decades Of Taxes And Spending, In 2 Graphs

Monday, February 24, 2014

In 1974, federal taxes were equal to about a sixth of the U.S. economy. In 2013, after decades of heated debate, federal taxes were equal to ... about a sixth of the economy.

In the early '70s, federal spending was about a fifth of the economy. The same was true ...


Where Do Most International Homebuyers In The U.S. Come From?

Monday, February 03, 2014

Our recent post about more people buying homes with cash got us wondering about international buyers in the U.S. housing market. Here are a couple surprising facts about who else is buying homes in the U.S. and how they are paying for them:

1. International sales only account for ...


An Astonishing Share Of Homebuyers Are Paying All Cash

Friday, January 24, 2014

More and more people are buying homes with pure cash. In December, all-cash purchases accounted for 42.1 percent of all U.S. residential sales, according to the latest report from RealtyTrac, a company that collects and analyzes housing data.

There are a few things driving this. Last summer, interest ...


Expensive Bacon, Cheap TVs, And Other Price Trends From 2013

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Inflation is very low: Prices rose 1.5 percent last year, according to the consumer price index report released this morning.

But when you dig into the numbers, you see some notable price swings. Here are a few that caught our eye for different reasons.

The price of bacon ...