Category Archives: Weekly Financial News

New-Home Construction Soaring

Financial FAQs Construction of new homes in the U.S., known as housing starts, jumped almost 10 percent in January to an annual rate of 1.33 million. That’s the second highest level since the Great Recession and it easily exceeded the … Continue reading

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2018 Housing Market To Stay Strong

The Mortgage Corner Total existing-home sales1, https://www.nar.realtor/existing-home-sales, which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, increased 1.1 percent in 2017 to a 5.51 million sales pace and surpassed 2016 (5.45 million) as the highest since 2006 … Continue reading

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What is a Common Sense Stock Market?

Financial FAQs Pundits and stock traders seem to believe Friday and Monday’s stock “massacre” was caused by too-quick trigger fingers—in computers controlled by algorithms, not people. Whereas, investors and traders using their common sense would have seen the ‘yuge’ drop … Continue reading

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Why the ‘Yuge’ Stock Market Selloff?

Popular Economics Weekly The quick answer is that too much money is chasing too few stocks, believe it or not. The record low interest rates—the 10-year treasury yield just dropped back to 2.75 percent from 2.85 percent before Friday’s selloff—is … Continue reading

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Wages Rise in Unemployment Report!

Popular Economics Weekly The best news in January’s unemployment report was average hourly wages jumped 9 cents, to $26.74. It pushed the yearly increase to 2.9 percent from 2.6 percent, marking the highest level since the end of the Great … Continue reading

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Q4 GDP Growth Misses 3 Percent

Popular Economics Weekly Consumers and businesses powered the economy to a 2.6 percent rate of gross domestic product growth in the final three months of 2017, according to the Commerce Department. But declining inventories and a wider trade deficit kept … Continue reading

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Existing-Home Inventory Lowest in 18 years

The Mortgage Corner There aren’t enough home to sell. Sales of previously-owned homes tumbled in December as an ongoing inventory crunch became more worrisome with few homes to sell in parts of the country. Existing-home sales were down 3.6 percent … Continue reading

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