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Holiday sales growth should increase over last year but is still far below pre-financial-crisis levels, says Morningstar's Bob Johnson .
The underlying employment fundamentals were solid last month, but the Fed's taper timeline is still too hard to call, says Morningstar's Bob Johnson .
Markets editor Jeremy Glaser sizes up the thank-worthiness of the Fed, health-care spending, market valuations, and more.
While individuals may have varying experiences with price inflation, the consumer price index is still a good indicator for the economy, says Morningstar's Bob Johnson .
Although not an imminent risk for the U.S. economy yet, deflation could be very difficult to reverse if it takes hold, says Morningstar's Bob Johnson .
Despite the market hitting new highs and moderate inflation, consumer spending has remained soft, says Morningstar's Bob Johnson .
Recent slow manufacturing and retail data is no reason to panic just yet, but one housing report is a bigger concern, says Morningstar's Bob Johnson .
Category by category, it's hard to find any signs of breakout job growth acceleration, says Morningstar's Bob Johnson .
A proliferation of lower-paying jobs with less financial security could have structural ripple effects on the U.S. employment market, says Morningstar Investment Management's Francisco Torralba.