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June Employment Robust—For How Long?

The Mortgage Corner More workers are being hired in manufacturing and professional services in June’s unemployment report. But this is before the trade war now taking hold with at least 5 allies and trading partners. Washington’s 25 percent duties on … Continue reading

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What are Corporations Doing With Their Tax Cut?

Popular Economics Weekly Economists are predicting second quarter GDP growth of as much as 3.8 percent, up from 2.2 percent in Q1 2018. But it may be a one-time surge, as all indications are the massive 2017corporate tax cut that … Continue reading

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Low Mortgage Rates Boost Sales–Even with Limited Supply

The Mortgage Corner Graph: FRED How is it possible the 30-year fixed conforming rate has fallen again to 4.0 percent for 1 origination point in California, yet has never been below 5 percent before the Great Recession, when mortgage fixed … Continue reading

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Trade Wars Not Good For Future Growth Either

Popular Economics Weekly The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI)for the U.S. increased 0.2 percent in May to 109.5 (2016 = 100), following a 0.4 percent increase in April, and a 0.4 percent increase in March. This monthly announcement of … Continue reading

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Housing Construction Booming For How Long With a Trade War?

The Mortgage Corner How is it possible the 10-year Treasury yield has fallen back to 2.88 percent, and the 30-year fixed conforming rate is again 4.0 percent for 1 origination point in California? It’s all because the Trump trade wars … Continue reading

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Strong May Employment, But Future Uncertain

Popular Economics Weekly Graph: Marketwatch The unemployment rate edged down to 3.8 percent in May, and the number of unemployed persons declined to 6.1 million, reported the Bureau of Labor Statistics this morning. Over the year, the unemployment rate was … Continue reading

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