Tag Archives: Conference Board

Consumer Confidence Highest In 16 Years

Financial FAQs The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index soared to its highest level in 16 years. Its Consumer Confidence Index®, which had already increased in February, improved again in March. The Index now stands at 125.6 (1985=100), up from 116.1 … Continue reading

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

Inflation Is Bringing Back Higher Growth!

Popular Economics Weekly Consumer prices are on the rise and the Fed’s December rate hike doesn’t look misplaced at all, says Econoday. Year-on-year core prices (without food and energy prices) rose 1 tenth to plus 2.2 percent for the highest … Continue reading

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

Our Too Deflationary Times!

Popular Economics Weekly The answer to the inflation conundrum may be at hand, the conundrum that has kept the Fed pushing down interest rates since the Great Recession and recovery. Why aren’t prices rising with all the QE stimulus programs … Continue reading

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

Consumer Confidence Soaring, Case-Shiller Home Prices Unchanged

Popular Economics Weekly Why are stock prices rallying?  Maybe it’s because though housing price increases have slowed, consumer confidence is soaring for the holidays.  The prospect for future job and income growth looks good, in other words Home prices contracted … Continue reading

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

Pending Home Sales Soaring As Well

The Mortgage Corner Watch out, homebuyers! There may be few homes left on the market if the National Association of Realtors’ May Pending Home Sales Index is any predictor of future sales. This is even though mortgage rates have risen … Continue reading

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

New-Home Sales Up, Delinquencies Down

The Mortgage Corner Lots of news today. New-home sales are surging, while mortgage delinquencies and foreclosures continue to drop. Consumer sentiment is also up sharply, maybe because housing prices are soaring according to both the S&P Case-Shiller and FHFA (for … Continue reading

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

Housing Prices at Seven-Year High

The Mortgage Corner The S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Index just reported home prices were accelerating strongly going into  a very strong April start to the Spring housing season. The Case-Shiller 20-city data show a very strong 1.1 percent monthly adjusted … Continue reading

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

Why Are Consumers So Unhappy?

Popular Economics Weekly It shouldn’t be a secret, by now. Consumers are unhappy. And it’s not because we are too busy paying down our debts. It’s really because no one in Washington has been focusing on job creation—at least since … Continue reading

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

National Home Prices (Finally) Recovering

The Mortgage Corner Is the end of the housing bust in sight?  The Case-Shiller Home Price Index reported the fourth consecutive year-over-year (YoY) gain in their house price indexes since 2010 – and the increase back in 2010 was related … Continue reading

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

Why the Summer Growth Slowdown?

Financial FAQs The summer growth numbers seem weak, and pundits are saying it’s due to the European recession (so lower exports), the ‘fiscal cliff’(employers uncertain about future growth), and consumers with too much debt. But the numbers really show a … Continue reading

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