Monthly Archives: February 2014

Wisconsin’s Austerity Lesson

Popular Economics Weekly Governor Scott Walker is having his own problems with the ongoing investigation into staffers using public funds for political campaigning as a County Manager, but it doesn’t seem to faze him as he touts the success of … Continue reading

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January New-Home Sales Soar

Financial FAQs The Polar Vortexes haven’t stopped everything.  It looks like new-home sales are picking up in midwinter, a sign that existing-home inventories are too low. Sales of new single-family houses in January 2014 were at a seasonally adjusted annual … Continue reading

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Existing-Home Sales Slow in January

The Mortgage Corner Total existing-home sales, which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, dropped 5.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.62 million in January from 4.87 million in December, and are 5.1 … Continue reading

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Consumer Debts Returning to ‘Normal’

Popular Economics Weekly The NY Fed released their 2013 Q4 Household Debt and Credit Report. The report showed that total household debt is 9.1 percent below the Q3 2008 peak. Mortgage debt is down 13.4 percent from the peak, and … Continue reading

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Hoorays For New Fed Chair Janet Yellen

Financial FAQs Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen’s congressional testimony proved that she is more than qualified to steer the US economy back to health. She is the economists’ economist, in a word, willing to explain the most basic economic truths in … Continue reading

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Housing Inventories Continue Increase

The Mortgage Corner Calculated Risk and Housing Tracker report that existing-home for sale inventories have increased 4.7 percent in February. It is good news for those who worry that the lack of inventory will hold back existing-home sales this year. … Continue reading

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Weak Employment–American Austerity at Work

Popular Economics Weekly Is economic growth grinding to a halt, even as pundits predicted better growth in 2014? Nonfarm payrolls have advanced just 188,000 over the past 2 months, when this was the average montly increase in prior months. It … Continue reading

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