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The U.S. Economy Is Slowing!

Financial FAQs Late Monday, the U.S. blacklisted 28 Chinese companies because of their alleged role in human-rights violations against Muslim minorities ahead of the high-level discussions which will be led by China Vice Premier Liu He on Thursday. Bloomberg also … Continue reading

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How Much Has US Economy Slowed?

Financial FAQs Calculated Risk It’s a difficult question to answer. We know the US economy is slowing, and the manufacturing activity is already contracting—the first of the four indicators that are used to call a recession—per the ISM’s Manufacturing Diffusion … Continue reading

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Higher Home Sales Mean What?

The Mortgage Corner FRED “Sales of new single‐family houses in August 2019 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 713,000, according to estimates released jointly today by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. … Continue reading

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Strong Home Sales Mean What?

The Mortgage Corner   It looks like home sales are are defying expectations of an economic slowdown, as both existing and pending home sales are rising. Pending sales measure contracts scheduled to close in 30-60 days, which is a sign … Continue reading

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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 Are Home Sales Declining?

The Mortgage Corner Weekly FRED WASHINGTON (July 23, 2019) – Existing-home sales weakened in June, as total sales saw a small decline after a previous month of gains, said the National Association of Realtors®. While two of the four major … Continue reading

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