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Baby sitting on pile of money
Baby sitting on pile of money
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Babies: a bullish indicator

Are babies bullish? Let’s hope so, because the U.S. fertility rate has stabilized, ending a four-year slide that coincided with the global financial crisis.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the fertility rate remained at 63.2 births per 1,000 women last year, according to early data reported in The Wall Street Journal . That’s low, matching the record-low level in 2011 – but it ended four straight years of declines and suggests that the downturn could be over as economic optimism returns.