Monthly Archives: November 2019

Consumer Confidence Is Boosting Housing

The Mortgage Corner StLouisFRED New-home sales are now back to the long term average in the above graph that dates back to the 1960s, and consumers are still reasonably confident of their future. “Sales of new single‐family houses in October … Continue reading

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Is It Start of a New Housing Boom?

The Mortgage Corner Calculated Risk We should be careful in announcing a new housing boom. It can be a two-edged pronouncement, since a housing bust followed the last housing boom and precipitated the Great Recession. But it certainly looks like … Continue reading

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Q4 Economic Growth…Watch Out Below!

Popular Economics Weekly We might have a problem with economic growth in the fourth quarter, thanks in part to Republicans’ 2017 tax cuts that were to stimulate longer term growth and jobs, believe it or not. The New York and … Continue reading

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Where are the Leaders?

Answering the Kennedys’ Call surveymonkey.com The congressional impeachment hearings illustrate one overwhelming fact; America has a leadership problem. President Trump is a very weak leader. He asked the newly-elected Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (extortion or bribery are the legal terms) … Continue reading

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What’s Happening To Interest Rates?

Popular Economics Weekly StLouisFRED The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) rose 0.4 percent in October on a seasonally adjusted basis after being unchanged in September, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the last 12 … Continue reading

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Why the Historical Decline in US Growth?

The Mortgage Corner @GregDaco Nonfarm business sector labor productivity decreased 0.3 percent in the third quarter of 2019, first decline in 5 years, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported, as output increased 2.1 percent and hours worked increased 2.4 … Continue reading

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Do We Want to Save Planet Earth?

Answering the Kennedys’ Call SF Chronicle President Trump just announced the U.S. will withdraw in one year from the Paris Accord of almost 200 countries that have agreed to significantly limit Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions. This happened within a day … Continue reading

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Why Today’s Irrational Exuberance?

Financial FAQs Wrightson-ICAP Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan said in a memorable 1996 speech, “…how do we know when irrational exuberance has unduly escalated asset values, which then become subject to unexpected and prolonged contractions as they have in Japan over … Continue reading

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October Employment No Big Deal

Popular Economics Weekly MarketWatch.com Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 128,000 in October, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 3.6 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Notable job gains occurred in food services and drinking … Continue reading

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