Inflation Back, Deflation Demons ‘Dead’, Growth Ahead

Inflation Back, Deflation Demons ‘Dead’, Growth Ahead






Inflation Back, Deflation Demons ‘Dead’, Growth Ahead $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX The “Demons of Deflation” are in the dust-bin on a uptick in price pressures globally, prompting investors to seek protection in inflation-protected bonds. A year ago, it was deflation, falling prices that restrain consumer spending and economic growth that plagued investors and central banks, […]






Bullish Investors Positive About President Trump’s Policies

Bullish Investors Positive About President Trump’s Policies






Bullish Investors Positive About President Trump’s Policies $SPY Stock-market investors worldwide, especially the Bullish ones who have been proven right since 9 November have been richly rewarded, look to be in a gradual transition in their operating outlook. Their environment is moving away from comfortable reliance on central banks that are able and willing to […]






US Home Mortgage Refinancing Activity Hits 2.5-Month High

US Home Mortgage Refinancing Activity Hits 2.5-Month High






US Home Mortgage Refinancing Activity Hits 2.5-Month High US application activity to refinance a mortgage climbed to its highest level since mid-December as 30-year home borrowing costs declined to their lowest in 6 weeks, Mortgage Bankers Association data released on Wednesday showed. The Washington-based industry group said its seasonally adjusted measure of loan applications for […]






Expect US Financial Market to Hold with DJIA 22,000 Possible

Expect US Financial Market to Hold with DJIA 22,000 Possible






Expect US Financial Market to Hold, DJIA 22,000 Next? $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX The DJIA has risen about 14% since the November 8 Presidential election marking an  intrday high of 20,851.33. That’s within 6% of 22,000, the next round number (resistance) that investors and traders are looking at. “I think 22,000 is what is justified […]






US Home Prices Up in December, Fastest Pace in a Year

US Home Prices Up in December, Fastest Pace in a Year






US Home Prices Up in December, Fastest Pace in a Year US home prices rose in December, this as prospective buyers bid against each other for a limited supply of property. The Standard & Poor’s CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-City home price index, released Tuesday, increased 5.6%, the most since January 2016. The price gainer reflects the […]






Here is the Proof, Rising Interest Rates are Good for Gold

Here is the Proof, Rising Interest Rates are Good for Gold






Here is the Proof, Rising Interest Rates are Good for Gold $GLD,  $USD, $XAUUSD You will recall that when the Fed raised interest rates in December, and the publicly spoke its plan to do so 3X more times in Y 2017, the conventional wisdom suggested gold should fall. The theory: Gold is a non-yielding asset, […]






US President Donald Trump’s Economic Plan to Spur GDP

US President Donald Trump’s Economic Plan to Spur GDP






US President Donald Trump’s Economic Plan to Spur GDP $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX Economic experts now believe that the Trump White House estimates of economic growth of 3 to 3.5% are actually “too conservative” and the economy is poised to expand much faster than that. “With Reagan, we put up 4% growth rates coming out […]






Investors Still See Gold as Safe Haven & Inflation Hedge

Investors Still See Gold as Safe Haven & Inflation Hedge






Investors Still See Gold as Safe Haven & Inflation Hedge $GLD In a counter intuitive move, the precious Yellow metal is advancing as Fed threatens to tighten, ETF investors have turned buyers as Trump Rally extends. Savvy market analysts know very well that works for Gold in practice does not work in theory very often, in […]






Abu Dhabi Rents to Dip in 2017 on New Supply

Abu Dhabi Rents to Dip in 2017 on New Supply






Abu Dhabi Rents to Dip in 2017 on New Supply Thousands of new apartments and potentially decreased housing allowances are expected to weigh on the market Average apartment and villa rents in Abu Dhabi are expected to weaken further this year after declining in Y 2016 due to new supply and uncertainty related to state […]






The Trump Rally Extends, S&P 500 Posts Another Record High

The Trump Rally Extends, S&P 500 Posts Another Record High






The Trump Rally Extends, S&P 500 Posts Another Record High $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX Along with the S&P, the DJIA posted its 4th straight record close, the NAS Comp closed at a high for a sixth day running. MSCI’s all-country world index edged up 0.08%. Europe’s broad FTSEurofirst 300 index slipped 0.04%to snap a 5-session […]






Bulgari Resort & Residences to Feature Dubai’s most Expensive Hotel

Bulgari Resort & Residences to Feature Dubai’s most Expensive Hotel






Bulgari Resort & Residences to Feature Dubai’s most Expensive Hotel Bulgari’s executive vice president Silvio Ursini said the room rates will be “by far the highest in the market” he upcoming Bulgari Resort and Residences on Dubai’s Jumeira Bay Island will take the crown of the Emirate’s most expensive hotel when it opens later this […]






Rates Rise, US New-Home Sales Fall 10% to 10-Month Low

Rates Rise, US New-Home Sales Fall 10% to 10-Month Low






Rates Rise, US New-Home Sales Fall 10% to 10-Month Low $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX Purchases of new US homes fell in December to a 10-month low, suggesting the post-Election rise in mortgage rates pushed out potential buyers. Single-family house sales dropped 10.4%, the most in nearly 2 years, to a 536,000 annualized pace, the US […]






Janet Yellen, “Makes sense to raise rates gradually.”

Janet Yellen, “Makes sense to raise rates gradually.”






Janet Yellen, “Makes sense to raise rates gradually.” $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX With the US economy close to full employment and inflation headed toward the Fed’s 2% goal, it “makes sense” for the US central bank to gradually lift interest rates, Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen said Wednesday afternoon. “Waiting too long to begin moving toward […]






US Real Estate: Mortgage Rates Rise

US Real Estate: Mortgage Rates Rise






US Real Estate: Mortgage Rates Rise Mortgage rates inched upward, but it was enough to extend the climb to a ninth consecutive week, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate now at 4.32 percent, according to Bankrate.com’s weekly national survey. The 30-year fixed mortgage has an average of 0.24 discount and origination points. The larger […]






November 2016 Mortgage Data

November 2016 Mortgage Data






November 2016 Mortgage Data — Delinquency rate up by 2.5 percent, a relatively mild seasonal increase by historical standards — Annual improvement in mortgage delinquency rates is beginning to slow as market “normalizes” — Number of loans in active foreclosure drops below 500K for the first time in nearly 10 years — Pre-payment activity remains […]






US Home Construction Dove in November, Stocks Flat on High Volume

US Home Construction Dove in November, Stocks Flat on High Volume






US Home Construction Dove in November, Stocks Flat on High Volume $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX New-home construction in the US fell more than forecast in November after surging a month earlier to a 9-year high, indicating fitful progress in residential real estate. Residential starts slumped 18.7% to a 1.09-M annualized rate last month after rising […]






Real Estate News: Palm Beach, New York, Venice Luxury Auctions

Real Estate News: Palm Beach, New York, Venice Luxury Auctions






New York City-based luxury real estate marketplace Concierge Auctions has added three properties to its upcoming Winter Portfolio Sale, including an Italian palazzo apartment in Venice, Italy; a coveted penthouse in Tel Aviv, Israel; and a 9,500-square-foot Caribbean oceanfront mansion in St. Croix, USVI. The newest offerings are three of 19 dream homes globally that […]






The Recovery in Home Prices Bolsters Americans’ Household Wealth

The Recovery in Home Prices Bolsters Americans’ Household Wealth






The Recovery in Home Prices Bolsters Americans’ Household Wealth US home prices have fully recovered from their steep plunge during the housing bust and Great Recession, according to the data The Standard & Poor’s CoreLogic Case-Shiller national home price index , released Tuesday, is just a bit above the peak it set in July 2006, […]






Phuket Real Estate News: Idealtropical

Phuket Real Estate News: Idealtropical






The team at “Idealtropical” Real Estate consists of experienced people with over 17 years of real estate experience who are here to help you turn your property dreams into reality. Idealtropical are a family business with very experienced negotiating skills and positive attitudes, the Idealtropical team has your best interests at heart. If you are […]






The Anemic Recovery from Great Recession Surprise Economists

The Anemic Recovery from Great Recession Surprise Economists






The Anemic Recovery from Great Recession Surprise Economists $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX Friday, the Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen said that the slow recovery from the Great Recession has surprised economists, confounding long-held beliefs about growth and inflation. Speaking to an economic conference at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston,  Ms. Yellen did not address […]






Commercial Real Estate Report

Commercial Real Estate Report






Investor appetite for commercial real estate assets remains relatively healthy – despite ongoing geopolitical influences, which lend some uncertainty to the marketplace – as buyers look to increase allocations to the sector in their ongoing quest for yield. Scarcity of available product remains a factor in many markets as stakeholders keep an eye on interest-rate […]






US Real Estate Report: Home Price Perception Index

US Real Estate Report: Home Price Perception Index






US Real Estate Report: Home Price Perception Index Quicken Loans, the nation’s second largest retail mortgage lender, today announced appraisals lagged behind what homeowners estimated by 1.26 percent in September, according to the company’s national Home Price Perception Index (HPPI). This is a slight move toward equilibrium after a 1.56 percent gap between perceptions in […]






Key US Stock Indexes, Crude, Gold and Silver Markets Briefing

Key US Stock Indexes, Crude, Gold and Silver Markets Briefing






Key US Stock Indexes, Crude, Gold and Silver Markets Briefing $DIA, $GLD, $SLV, $OIL, $USO, $CU Commentary: The US stock market ended midweek on a higher note as a rally in Crude Oil futures and financials (+1.5%) outweighed interest rate worries. The DJIA (+0.6%) finished ahead of the NAS Comp (+0.5%) and the S&P 500 (+0.4%). Index […]






Fed Official Cautions Colleagues on Raising Interest Rates

Fed Official Cautions Colleagues on Raising Interest Rates






Fed Official Cautions Colleagues on Raising Interest Rates $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX Federal Reserve Bank of New York President William Dudley suggested the central bank should be cautious in raising interest rates, given limits on its ability to respond to a recession with borrowing costs close to Zero meaning out of tools. Noting concerns from […]






The Week Ahead on Wall Street

The Week Ahead on Wall Street






The Week Ahead on Wall Street $FDX, $LEN, $GIS, $AZO On the Earnings Front Announcing earnings this week to Wall Street are S&P 500 members Adobe Systems (ADBE), FedEx Corp. (NYSE:FDX) and Lennar Corp. (NYSE:LEN) Tuesday; Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY), CarMax (KMX), General Mills (NYSE:GIS) and Red Hat (RHT) on Wednesday; and AutoZone (NYSE:AZO) Thursday. On […]






Fed Welcomes Uptick in Inflation

Fed Welcomes Uptick in Inflation






Fed Welcomes Uptick in Inflation US consumer prices rose more than expected in August as healthcare costs recorded their biggest gain in 32.5 years, pointing to a steady build-up of inflation that could allow the US Fed to raise interest rates this year. The cost of living last month was also pushed up by continuing […]






US Real Estate Report: Valuations on the Rise

US Real Estate Report: Valuations on the Rise






CoreLogic® (NYSE: CLGX), a leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider, today released a new analysis showing 548,000 U.S. homeowners regained equity in Q2 2016 compared with the previous quarter, increasing the percentage of homes with positive equity to 92.9 percent of all mortgaged properties, or approximately 47.2 million homes. Nationwide, home equity […]






Hotel News: Luxury Hotel Association Pinnacle Summit

Hotel News: Luxury Hotel Association Pinnacle Summit






The ILHA will be hosting their annual Pinnacle Summit 25 – 27 September 2016 at the Gaylord Resort and Conference Center in Washington D.C. John Vanderslice, Global Head, Luxury & Lifestyle Brands, Hilton Worldwide will be the keynote speaker on Monday, talking about Passion Points: What Matters Most to Today’s Luxury Traveler followed by Joe […]






Yellen Will Not Fail To Deliver Support to Financial Markets

Yellen Will Not Fail To Deliver Support to Financial Markets






Yellen Will Not Fail To Deliver Support to Financial Markets $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) predicts the US Fed will forgo raising interest rates in September and in December, and Janet Yellen, and the other Fed policy makers said nothing in Jackson Hole, WY, to change the firm’s outlook. US Treasuries pared a […]






Florida Real Estate Report

Florida Real Estate Report






Florida’s housing market reported rising median prices and fewer all-cash closed sales in July, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®. Closed sales of single-family homes statewide totaled 24,083 last month, down 8 percent from July 2015, reflecting the state’s current shortfall in inventory. “Florida’s supply of for-sale homes remains tight, which […]






The US Consumer Pauses, Spending Halts, Economy Stalls

The US Consumer Pauses, Spending Halts, Economy Stalls






The US Consumer Pauses, Spending Halts, Economy Stalls $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX “The consumer paused in July and with price pressures soft, the Fed members will probably gain a few more grey hairs.” — Joel Naroff, Economist The Consumer Data: July Retail Sales and Wholesale Prices Sales: 0%; Excluding Vehicles: -0.3%/ PPI: -0.4% Excluding Food […]






Real Estate Report: The Real Estate Office of the Future






offrs.com, the leader in Smart Data and Marketing for real estate, today announced the launch of their artificial intelligence driven system for real estate brokerages. The official launch event takes place at the historic Ritz Theater in Austin, TX, as part during the annual Keller Williams Mega Camp. This launch party will also unveil, “Raia,” […]






New York Real Estate Report

New York Real Estate Report






New York Residence (NYR.com), a leading residential and commercial real estate brokerage firm based in New York City, with three international offices, is the only onsite real estate brokerage firm at The Downtown Club (DTC), a five-star luxury condominium. NYR has been the most successful resale broker over the past several years, representing numerous buyers […]






Raise Rates, Don’t Raise Rates, Who’s Right?

Raise Rates, Don’t Raise Rates, Who’s Right?






Raise Rates, Don’t Raise Rates, Who’s Right? $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX There are those economists that argue that the US Fed should take an unconventional approach to ending a long period of below-target inflation: that being that instead of keeping interest rates low to drive economic activity and push up prices, it should raise interest […]






US Real Estate Report: Mortgage Rates Lower

US Real Estate Report: Mortgage Rates Lower






US Real Estate Report: Mortgage Rates Lower Mortgage rates were down very slightly this week, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate inching lower to 3.81 percent, according to Bankrate.com’s weekly national survey. The 30-year fixed mortgage has an average of 0.18 discount and origination points. The larger jumbo 30-year fixed fell more sharply, to […]






Bear Market “Radar” on High Alert

Bear Market “Radar” on High Alert






Bear Market “Radar” on High Alert $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX The US Securities and Exchange Commission is set on putting a stop to the accounting methods that artificially inflate company profits. According to an industry notice he SEC is getting ready to step up its scrutiny of companies’ “homegrown earnings measures,” signaling it plans to […]






Investors Losing Billions on Central Bank Monetary Policy

Investors Losing Billions on Central Bank Monetary Policy






Investors Losing Billions on Central Bank Monetary Policy $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX Investors are losing billions a year from central banks that have set interest rates below Zero in an effort to stimulate economic growth by punishing saving and encouraging lending. Negative-yielding government bonds cost investors about $24-B a year, according to calculations from Fitch […]






FOMC Keeps Threat of Interest Rate Hike “In the Mix”

FOMC Keeps Threat of Interest Rate Hike “In the Mix”






FOMC Keeps Threat of Interest Rate Hike “In the Mix” $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX Wednesday afternoon, the US Fed kept interest rates unchanged, and indicated their confidence in the anemic US economy, thus keeping the door open to a hike in June. The FOMC said the labor market had improved despite a recent economic slowdown […]






Donald Trump Would Sack Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen

Donald Trump Would Sack Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen






Donald Trump Would Sack Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX Donald Trump likes low interest rates, but as President he would look to replace Federal Reserve Chairwomwn Janet Yellen. “I think she’s done a serviceable job,” Mr. Trump told Fortune Magazine in an interview that will be published this week. “I don’t want […]