Monthly Archives: December 2014

What Will 2015 Bring?

Popular Economics Weekly We already have an idea of what will happen in 2015. Firstly, job creation should continue to exceed 300,000 payroll jobs per month. Nobelist Paul Krugman is especially optimistic about economic growth, given that we have escaped … Continue reading

Posted in Consumers, Economy, Housing, housing market, Weekly Financial News | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Why Lower Home Sales?

The Mortgage Corner November existing home sales in November tumbled 6.1 percent, the biggest drop since July 2010, down to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.93 million. New-home sales also fell slightly—probably for the same reason. Why? There were … Continue reading

Posted in Consumers, Housing, housing market, Weekly Financial News | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fed’s Yellen—No Inflation In 2015?

Popular Economics Weekly Fed Chair Janet Yellen has given us a very good holiday gift. that boosted stock and bond prices.  She announced at her post-FOMC meeting press conference that Fed Governor’s see little or no inflation next year. In … Continue reading

Posted in Consumers, Economy, Macro Economics, Weekly Financial News | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Conference Board’s Leading Economic Indicators Near Highs

Financial FAQs The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for the U.S. increased 0.6 percent in November to 105.5 (2004 = 100), following a 0.6 percent increase in October, and a 0.8 percent increase in September. It is a further … Continue reading

Posted in Consumers, Economy, Macro Economics, Weekly Financial News | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

New-Home Construction, Builders’ Optimism Still Rising

The Mortgage Corner Home builders’ optimism is still high, though builder confidence in the market for newly built single-family homes fell one point in December to a level of 57 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market … Continue reading

Posted in Consumers, Housing, housing market, Weekly Financial News | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Retail Sales Portend +4 Percent GDP in 2015

Popular Economics Weekly We have said that the prospect of higher interest rates next year may spur some extraordinary growth over the next few quarters, and just out holiday retail sales seem to be fulfilling that prophecy.  Consumer spending is … Continue reading

Posted in Consumers, Economy, Housing, housing market, Macro Economics, Weekly Financial News | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

The Economic Consequences of Too Much Inequality

Financial FAQs A new report released by the World Economic Forum, ranks rising inequality as the top trend facing the globe in 2015, according to a survey of 1,767 global leaders from business, academia, government and non-profits, many of whom … Continue reading

Posted in Consumers, Economy, Keynesian economics, Politics, Weekly Financial News | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment