Monthly Archives: October 2012

Consumers Back on Track?

Financial FAQs The one sector of the economy that can revive growth—consumers—look to finally believe the Great Recession is over. Consumer sentiment unexpectedly rose to its highest in five years in October as consumers became more optimistic about the economy … Continue reading

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Shadow Housing Inventory, Foreclosures Fall

The Mortgage Corner CoreLogic reported the current residential shadow inventory as of July 2012 fell to 2.3 million units, representing a supply of six months. This was a 10.2 percent drop from July 2011, when shadow inventory stood at 2.6 … Continue reading

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Consumers In Holiday Mood

Popular Economics Weekly Consumers are going to celebrate the holidays in a much bigger way than in recent years. Not only have consumer confidence and expectations been rising since summer, but consumer borrowing is exploding, signaling that we will see … Continue reading

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Foreclosures Down, Mortgage Activity Surging

The Mortgage Corner The Mortgage Bankers Association reported that its Refinance Index increased 20 percent from the previous week. This was the highest Refinance Index recorded in the survey since April of 2009. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index increased 4 … Continue reading

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Jobs Picture Much Better Than Forecast

Popular Economics Weekly The Bureau of Labor Statistics gave markets a shot of good news recently, when it revised the one year March-to-March 2012 jobs totals upward by 32,000 per month. This was huge and showed much better jobs growth … Continue reading

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Romney’s 47 Percent Solution

Popular Economics Weekly We know that Mitt Romney at a Florida fundraiser claimed that there are 47 percent of the people who will vote for President Obama no matter what, and “my job is not to worry about those people. … Continue reading

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