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The Housing Boom Continues

The Mortgage Corner Calculated Risk Total existing-home sales, https://www.nar.realtor/existing-home-sales, including single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, rose 9.4 percent from August to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 6.54 million in September. The housing boom continues in the middle of the coronavirus … Continue reading

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Back to a ‘V’-Shaped Recovery?

Popular Economics Weekly FREDcontinuedclaims Richard Clarida, No.2 official at the Federal Reserve said on Wednesday that the U.S. recession begun in March with the coronavirus pandemic may already be over. “This recession was by far the deepest one in postwar … Continue reading

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Booming Home Sales Create Housing Shortage

The Mortgage Corner Booming Realtors’ existing-home sales are showing there is a very severe housing shortage with record sales and a record low housing inventory. Santa Barbara Realtor Jim Witmer said the demand for Santa Barbara homes is huge and … Continue reading

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Is the Age of Narcissism About to End?

Answering the Kennedys’ Call Are we nearing the end of what historians and psychologists have called the Age of Narcissism, an era that has spawned populist governments and closed borders, the breakup of traditional families and communities, and the election … Continue reading

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Unemployment Declines, Modest Hiring

Popular Economics Weekly MarketWatch The economy regained 661,000 jobs in September and the unemployment rate fell for the fifth month in a row to 7.9 percent, the government said Friday. It’s the smallest advance since a recovery began in May, with August … Continue reading

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The Costs of an Extended Covid-19 Pandemic

Popular Economics Weekly COVID Tracking Project I have been asked many times about my thoughts on the direction of our fall and winter economies, but been hesitant to give specific answers because firstly, it depends on the November election. Republican … Continue reading

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Will We Repeat the Spanish Influenza Pandemic?

Answering the Kennedys’ Call Early in Bob Woodward’s just released best-seller, Rage, President Trump said he knew by February that COVID-19 could act much like the Spanish influenza pandemic of 1918-19. It was estimated to have killed 675,000 Americans and … Continue reading

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Who Owns America?

Financial FAQs seekingalpha.com Kurt Andersen’s new best seller, Evil Geniuses, The Unmaking of America (2020, Random House), gives a terrific history of the current Gilded Age we are suffering through that has largely benefited Big Business and its enablers. Just … Continue reading

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What is This Election Really About?

Answering the Kennedys’ Call #eisenhower Now is the time to cure our record income and wealth inequality, since it’s not only adversely affecting the most vulnerable during this pandemic—including our mostly low-income essential health care and public safety workers—but overall … Continue reading

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Our ‘Whac-A-Mole’ Recovery

Financial FAQs FREDinitialclaims Initial jobless claim for the week ending were slightly up at 1,416,000 for the week ending July 18, which means that the reversals of business openings as COVID-19 infection rates soar again have flattened the wrong curve—applications … Continue reading

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