Published in syndication August 19, 2019

Mortgage Milestone

After more than a decade, the amount of household debt (including mortgages) has surpassed pre-Great Recession levels. Sometimes, an upswing in debt of certain types can be a negative signal, such as rising credit card debt in an economic downturn as people try to deal with financial setbacks such as job losses. However, rising debt can also reflect economic strength as increasing numbers of households are willing and able to purchase big-ticket items such as homes and cars.

Broadcast via Texas State Networks on August 16, 2019

How does immigration impact our economy, and how does the US population compare with the US job market?

Dr. Perryman says missing in all the discussion about immigration is the simple fact that we don't have enough people living here to keep the economy going.

Broadcast via Texas State Networks on August 15, 2019

Is the high US consumer debt level a bad thing?

Consumer debt in the US has now reached its highest level since the Great Recession. Dr. Perryman says that's not such a bad thing.

Broadcast via Texas State Networks on August 14, 2019

Why is the China trade war impacting farmers in Texas?

The effects of the trade war with China are beginning to have a negative effect on Texas farmers.

Broadcast via Texas State Networks on August 13, 2019

Should the Fed cut interest rates drastically, given today's slowing economic growth?

Dr. Perryman says President Trump continues to put intense public pressure on the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates dramatically.

Published in syndication August 12, 2019

Chinese Currency

The US-China trade war continues to escalate with the addition of an alleged currency manipulation by the Chinese government. It’s the latest in a long list of actions and reactions by both nations, and the stakes are escalating.

Broadcast via Texas State Networks on August 09, 2019

What factors contribute to making the Permian Basin the largest oil and gas field in history?

It now appears the Permian Basin will be the largest oil and gas field in history. Dr. Perryman says by 2020, the Permian will produce seven to eight million barrels per day.

Released on August 08, 2019

Priority Midland by the Numbers

Midland stands at the epicenter of an economic phenomenon of global importance which has created an enormous opportunity for the area. With proactive efforts, Midland can prepare for the challenges ahead and ensure the opportunities associated with oil and gas and related activity benefit the full community.

Broadcast via Texas State Networks on August 07, 2019

What are the pros and cons of the newly-signed budget?

Now that President Trump has signed the budget into law, Dr. Perryman takes a deep dive and finds good news and bad news.

Broadcast via Texas State Networks on August 06, 2019

How did China respond to President Trump's threat of additional tariffs?

China wasted no time in answering President Trump's threat to impose additional tariffs on $300 billion in Chinese goods September 1.