Monthly Archives: February 2013

Mortgage Delinquencies Lowest Since 2008

The Mortgage Corner The delinquency rate for mortgage loans on one-to-four-unit residential properties fell to a seasonally adjusted rate of 7.09 percent of all loans outstanding at the end of the fourth quarter of 2012, the lowest level since 2008, … Continue reading

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Bernanke’s Fed Growing U.S. Economy

Popular Economics Weekly Right now, the Federal Reserve seems to be the only government agency focused on growing the economy. Washington has otherwise been focused on the sequester agreement, or how to further cut government spending. But such austerity measures … Continue reading

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The Sequester Dilemma—How Much Is Too Much Austerity?

Financial FAQs Come March 1, we will begin to see how much damage the sequester agreement causes. A recent CNBC column by Larry Kudlow illustrates both the misconceptions and reason for the gridlock on avoiding across-the-board spending cuts of some … Continue reading

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Housing Affordability Up, Inventories Still Shrinking

The Mortgage Corner The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reported exceptionally low interest rates helped ensure a slight gain in nationwide housing affordability amid relatively stable house prices in the final quarter of 2012, according to the just released … Continue reading

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No Double Dip Recession—Why Worry?

Popular Economics Weekly Goldman Sachs chief economist Jan Hatzius has joined the chorus that says 2013 should be a good year for growth, in spite of the so-called ‘fiscal headwinds’ of a gridlocked Congress and White House. Why? Because both … Continue reading

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State of the Union—Why So Few New Jobs?

Popular Economics Weekly President Obama’s State of the Union address was all about jobs. So why have so few been created since the Great Recession? Federal Reserve Vice Chair Janet Yellen gave a recent speech entitled: A Painfully Slow Recovery … Continue reading

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The Fed Worried About Continued Growth

Popular Economics Weekly Fourth Quarter Gross Domestic Product growth was a bust. What does that say about 2013? Are consumers tapped out, and capital expenditures (capex) shrinking, the two main drivers of economic growth? It doesn’t seem so, as long … Continue reading

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