Tag Archives: inflation rate

What Happens When % Rates Go Even Lower?

The Mortgage Corner FRED The NAR’s pending home sales index was softer than expected in July, thereby reversing nearly all of its June increase.  That left the index with a slight YOY decline of 0.3 percent.  Those results probably mean … Continue reading

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How Low Can Interest Rates Go?

Popular Economics Weekly Calculatedriskblog Why are interest rates so low—not just in the US? It’s been below 0 percent in the northern EU countries and Japan for years because there is little worldwide inflation, which means there’s not sufficient demand … Continue reading

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Why No Inflation?

Financial FAQs I have been talking about the danger of too low inflation for some time.  This graph portrays the history of inflation since the 1970s, when the Arab oil embargo caused oil prices and inflation to soar to unacceptable … Continue reading

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Why aren’t Wages Growing Faster?

Popular Economics Weekly Graph: FRED Interest rates are far too low for this late in the recovery from the Great Recession. We know this because the Treasury Yield Curve has been falling that measures the difference between the 10-year and … Continue reading

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A 17-year Low Jobs Rate

Popular Economics Weekly Graph: Market.com Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 164,000 in April, and the unemployment rate edged down to 3.9 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Job gains occurred in professional and business services, manufacturing, … Continue reading

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New-Home Sales, Consumer Confidence Booming

The Mortgage Corner Graph: Econoday In spite of rising mortgage rates, new-home sales are booming and consumer confidence is at multi-year highs. March new-home sales rose 4.0 percent annualized to 694,000 and is just off the expansion high of 711,000 … Continue reading

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Housing Prices Rising Too Fast

The Mortgage Corner Graph: Marketwatch Housing prices are rising too fast to be sustainable over the long term says CoreLogic, a leading global property information, analytics provider. So buyers should be aware such unsustainable price rises could lead us into … Continue reading

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