Home Loans Spike with the Strong Economic Recovery

Home Loans Spike with the Strong Economic Recovery

#Home #loans #economic #recovery #Covid19 “Home loans to reach $3.2-T in 2020, Most in 17 yrs“– Paul Ebeling US home mortgage originations are forecast to total $3.18-T this year, the most since Y 2003, as low rates drive a spike in refinancing and purchases, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). Housing activity has soared […]

US Homebuilder Confidence Hits Record High on Low Rates

US Homebuilder Confidence Hits Record High on Low Rates

#Homebuilder #confidence #lowrates $DIA $SPY $QQQ $RUTX $VXX US homebuilder confidence advanced in October to an all-time high as record-low interest rates continued to fuel sales and the demand outlook. A gauge of builder sentiment climbed to 85, the highest in records back to Y 1985, from 83 a month earlier, according to the National Association […]

New Yorkers Do Not have Hope that Their City will Recover Anytime Soon

New Yorkers Do Not have Hope that Their City will Recover Anytime Soon

#NewYork #NewYorkers #recover #coronavirus $Z “The impact of The China Act of War Virus continues to weigh heavily on the people in New York”–Paul Ebeling New Yorkers who did not flee the city are hunkering down for the Winter. Prices for apartments in New York City have fallen, and were declining for three consecutive years […]

US Housing Market is On Fire, Mortgage Applications Increase as Buying Activity Spikes

US Housing Market is On Fire, Mortgage Applications Increase as Buying Activity Spikes

#housing #market Existing home sales are hitting the highest marks in 14 yrs, so, it is clear the US housing market is on fire. Mortgage demand is rising again despite the highest interest rates in several wks. Mortgage applications increased 6.8% from 1 wk earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications […]

Today’s Stock Investors are Younger and More Diverse

Today’s Stock Investors are Younger and More Diverse

#stock #ivestors $DIA $SPY $QQQ $RUTX $VXX Owning stocks has a large effect on people’s attitudes in politics, financial decisions and cultural identification. Brokerage firms such as Robinhood Financial LLC, Zero-commission trading, the surge in ETFs and the growth in fractional share ownership have all had a hand in luring a new generation of investors […]

Continuing Resolution Congress’ Most Important Task Now

Continuing Resolution Congress’ Most Important Task Now

#government #funding #economy The most important fiscal matter is for Congress to reach a clean continuing resolution to keep the government open past 30 September White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said Monday.  “We have to really respect Justice Ginsburg and may she rest in peace,” Mr. Kudlow said on TV. “I think the most immediate […]

There are “Booms” in the US’ Housing, Retail and Auto Industries

There are “Booms” in the US’ Housing, Retail and Auto Industries

#US #economy #housing #auto #retail Larry Kudlow, the head of the National Economic Council, says the economy is having “booms” in housing, retail and autos that are fueling a “self-sustaining V-shaped recovery.” In an interview last Wednesday, Mr. Kudlow heralded the indicators showing the economic bounce. “The main thing right now is not only are […]

US Home Prices are Up 9%, Inventory is Down 30%

US Home Prices are Up 9%, Inventory is Down 30%

#home #shortage #demand In spite of the chaotic economic downturn last Spring, a home buying frenzy boosted home prices by almost 9% and pushed available housing inventory down 30% in August compared to the same time last year, according to Zillow.  A foreclosure moratorium on federally-backed mortgages which was designed to keep people in their homes […]

“A lower US dollar will give a shot in the arm to US exports and overall global growth”

“A lower US dollar will give a shot in the arm to US exports and overall global growth”

#global #growth #exports #dollar $USD $EUR $GBP $USO $XAU $GLD The USD is struggling, and the market is betting the Buck has more room to fall. The trade-weighted USD has fallen 7% from its March highs, and we expect it fall at least 15% from the highs. That will give a shot in the arm […]

Housing is 1 of the Most Important Elements in the US Economy

Housing is 1 of the Most Important Elements in the US Economy

#housing #economy Housing is 1 of the most important elements in the US economy as home construction and sales include firms in over 54 industries. When the housing market booms, sales of products related to homes rise significantly too. The low mortgage rates have induced people to buy, but the rising prices are a warning that […]

On the Market, Know and Digest This “the Bulls are in Charge”

On the Market, Know and Digest This “the Bulls are in Charge”

#Bulls #Summary #markets $DIA $SPY $QQQ $RUTX $VXX Summary US stocks closed flat to unchanged Monday despite strength in the tech sector. US Treasures advanced, sending 10-yr yields down 2 bpts. USD declined modestly Vs the G-10 basket, with the AUS pacing gains. Gold strengthened more than 2%. Asian equity futures are higher. US corporate investment-grade […]

Sitting on a Cash Pile 4.0? All New Homes Need What This Company Makes

Sitting on a Cash Pile 4.0? All New Homes Need What This Company Makes

#cash #housing #boom #Whirlpool $WHR Whirlpool, the coming increase in new home sales is a big plus for this company. Whirlpool Corp. (NYSE:WHR) manufactures and markets home appliances and related products. Its principal products include refrigerators, freezers, ice makers and refrigerator water filters, laundry appliances and related laundry accessories, cooking and other small domestic appliances, […]

Residential Housing Market is Worth $35-T, America’s Biggest Industry

Residential Housing Market is Worth $35-T, America’s Biggest Industry

#housing $DIA $SPY $QQQ $RUTX $ITB $VXX Last month, US new home sales spiked 55%, their biggest gainer since Y 2005. The number of Americans looking to refinance their mortgages spiked 111%. And Quicken Loans (Private), the America’s largest mortgage broker just posted its best Quarter in its 35-yr history. In 1-H of Y 2020, Quicken […]

The US Economy is Experiencing a V-Shaped Recovery

The US Economy is Experiencing a V-Shaped Recovery

#economy #V-shaped #recovery A V-shaped recovery is commonly characterized by a quick and sustained recovery in measures of economic performance after a sharp economic decline.  “I think by the end of this year, you’re going to see a big rebound. And of course the stock market is telling us that. The market is telling us hey, we’re going to […]

S&P 500 Turns Positive, Investors Focus on Shutdown Odds

S&P 500 Turns Positive, Investors Focus on Shutdown Odds

#Investors #ignore #C19coronavirus #shutdown #economy #earnings #recovery #PresidentTrump $DIA $SPY $QQQ $RUTX $VXX Deep in investor minds is the Big Q: What are the chances of another lockdown The Big A: Slim to None, as The Trump Administration has no appetite for shutting down the nation again. Instead, President Trump is looking for ways to […]

US New Home Sales Spike 16.6%, Economy Reopens

US New Home Sales Spike 16.6%, Economy Reopens

$TOL $LEN $KB Sales of new homes rose a strong 16.6% in May with the reopening of major parts of the country fueling healthy activity in the US housing market. The Commerce Department reported Tuesday that sales of new single-family homes rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 676,000 last month. That was a much better […]

Expert Sees US Inflation Remaining Low for Years

Expert Sees US Inflation Remaining Low for Years

$DIA $SPY $QQQ $RUTX $VXX Inflation in the US is likely to come back slowly, keeping the Fed from raising interest rates for an extended period. Over the next couple of years, prices are likely to increase to the 2.3% to 2.4% level, as the Fed has learned its lesson from past interest rate increases […]

US Housing Market Will Be a Leader in Economic Recovery Plus…

US Housing Market Will Be a Leader in Economic Recovery Plus…

$DIA $SPY $QQQ $RUTX $VXX … recently released figures indicate that retail sales in May increased by 17.7%, and that is the biggest monthly gainer ever. This number re-enforces the forecast that a V shaped recovery from the instant recession has begun. This means that as construction reopens we seeing the positives. Housing starts rose […]

Like March 2009, My Work Shows Big Northside Ahead for US Stocks

Like March 2009, My Work Shows Big Northside Ahead for US Stocks

$DIA $SPY $QQQ $RUTX $VXX I expect stocks to consolidate in an uptrend the Bull run off the 23 March lows then rally into the end of the year. I have been tracking the Y’s 2009-2020 action since the March C-19 coronavirus chaos, and it looks uniquely the same. If I am right, we will […]

The Social Contract in the 21st Century

The Social Contract in the 21st Century

McKinsey Global Institute February 2020 Report Subject: Economic outcomes and the relationship between individuals and institutions have shifted for workers, consumers, and savers in advanced economies. Life has changed substantially for individuals in advanced economies in the 1st 2 decades of the 21st Century as a result of trends including disruptions in technology, globalization, the economic […]

2020: Wall Street Extends Rally Ahead of a Long Holiday Weekend

2020: Wall Street Extends Rally Ahead of a Long Holiday Weekend

$DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $RUTX, $VXX As a reminder, the market will be closed on Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Friday: Overall, it was a relatively subdued session that had the potential for even more gainers, as housing starts rose to their highest level in 13 years in December, China’s industrial production rose more […]

Housing Upswing will Bolster Economy

Housing Upswing will Bolster Economy

$LEN, $TOL, $KBH A revitalized US housing market will help keep the economy moving along despite a potential threat posed by a derailment in corporate spending. Home construction outlays, which account for almost 4% of GDP increased for a 5th month running in November, marking a welcome departure from a yearlong slowdown. Buyers, their confidence […]

President Trump is the Key to US Stock Market’s Growth

President Trump is the Key to US Stock Market’s Growth

$DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $RUTX, $VXX Wall Street’s indexes set new records again, The Trump Policies are working President Trump is the main reason for the recent strength in the stock market, more so than the impartial evaluations of how the economy is performing, Nobel-prize winning economist Robert Shiller said during a appearance Sunday. Dr. Shiller […]

The Trump Administration Unveils Fannie, Freddie Overhaul

The Trump Administration Unveils Fannie, Freddie Overhaul

$FMCC, $FNMA Thursday, the US Treasury said the government should draw up a plan to begin recapitalizing mortgage giants Fannie Mae (OTCMKT:FNMA) and Freddie Mac (OTCMKT:FMCC), while calling on Congress to develop a comprehensive housing reform that would allow them to be safely freed from government control. The Treasury’s plan, released in a 53-pg report, […]

Low Mortgage Rates Increase Homes Bought In The U.S.

Low Mortgage Rates Increase Homes Bought In The U.S.

Re-sales of homes in the United States beat analyst predictions last month. Information released Wednesday by the National Association of Realtors revealed sales of previously-owned homes edged up 2.5% in July, as mortgage rates offset the affordability crunch caused by high home prices at the margins. Existing home sales occurred at a 5.42 million seasonally-adjusted […]

US Homebuilder Sentiment Posts 1st Decliner in 2019

US Homebuilder Sentiment Posts 1st Decliner in 2019

US homebuilders’ sentiment unexpectedly posted the 1st decliner this year, suggesting lower mortgage rates are failing to give the housing market a sustained boost amid property prices that remain out of reach for many buyers. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index fell 2 points below the consensus estimate at 66 to 64 in […]

US Consumer Confidence Up in May, Economic Optimism Best Since 2000

US Consumer Confidence Up in May, Economic Optimism Best Since 2000

US consumer confidence rose in May as households grew more upbeat about the labor market, suggesting the economy remained on solid ground despite signs that activity was slowing after being temporarily boosted by exports and a build-up of inventories. The surge in confidence reported by the Conference Board on Tuesday came despite an escalation in tensions in […]

US Housing Demand Surprises Pessimistic Economists

US Housing Demand Surprises Pessimistic Economists

FLASH: More on The Trump Policies ‘working’; Contracts to buy previously owned homes rose to 8-month highs in March, the National Association of Realtors said Tuesday. The NAR’s pending home sales index increased to a reading of 105.8, +3.8% from the previous month and the highest since July. February’s index was unrevised at 101.9. Economists polled […]

Hot US Housing Markets Cool

Hot US Housing Markets Cool

FLASH: Buyers in the tightest US housing markets got what they have been waiting for, inventory, but instead of sales rising as a result, they are falling. In Salt Lake City, where listings rose 53% in March from a year earlier, transactions fell 21%, the biggest decliner in the country, according to a report from […]

US Existing Home Sales Fall More Than Expected in March

US Existing Home Sales Fall More Than Expected in March

Source: Thompson Reuters US home sales fell more than expected in March as rising demand stoked by declining mortgage rates and slowing house price inflation continued to be frustrated by a lack of properties, especially in the lower-priced segment of the market. The report from the  National Association of Realtors (NAR) on Monday could temper expectations of […]

US Housing Starts + 18.6% on Single-Family Homes

US Housing Starts + 18.6% on Single-Family Homes

US housing starts spiked 18.6% in January, as builders ramped up construction of single-family houses to the fastest pace in 8 months. The Commerce Department said Friday that January ground breakings occurred at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.23-M. Home construction rebounded sharply from December, when the annual rate was just 1.04-M. The lion’s share of […]

Collapse of US Housing Market Not ‘On the Cards’

Collapse of US Housing Market Not ‘On the Cards’

$BAC, $STI, $SHW, $SWK There are no shortage of warning signs for the housing market, but Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) says investors should not fear the worst. “Do not believe the narratives of a housing collapse,” economist Michelle Meyer wrote in a note to clients Tuesday. Ms. Meyer said the challenges facing the sector “should […]

US Housing Starts Rise, Large Scale Multi-family Development Continues

US Housing Starts Rise, Large Scale Multi-family Development Continues

US Housing Starts Rise, Large Scale Multi-family Development Continues US home-building rose in October on continuing multi-family housing projects, but construction of single-family homes fell for a 2nd month running, suggesting the housing market has softened as mortgage rates rise. Other details of the report published by the Commerce Department on Tuesday were also soft. Building permits declined […]

The Trump Effect: Atlanta Fed Keeps GDP Forecast at 4.4%

The Trump Effect: Atlanta Fed Keeps GDP Forecast at 4.4%

The Trump Effect: Atlanta Fed Keeps GDP Forecast at 4.4% $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $RUTX, $VXX Wednesday, the S&P 500 finished with a gainer of 0.1%, driven by financial shares, which rallied on another rise in interest rates. The blue-chip DJIA outperformed, adding 0.6%, the NAS Comp  lagged, closing lower by 0.1%, and the small-cap Russell […]

France’s Socialist Experiment Has Collapsed Its Economy

France’s Socialist Experiment Has Collapsed Its Economy

France’s Socialist Experiment Has Collapsed Its Economy “This is going to be a real bloodbath for the state and the public services,” French President Emmanuel Macron’s government must tackle social spending in the next wave of its reforms even though France will face a weaker growth outlook in next year. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said […]

US Housing Market: April S&P Case-Shiller 20-City Index + 6.6%

US Housing Market: April S&P Case-Shiller 20-City Index + 6.6%

US Housing Market:April S&P Case-Shiller 20-City Index + 6.6% US home prices rose in April from a year earlier, lifted by bidding wars in many cities where would-be buyers fought over a sparse supply of homes. The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-City home price index +6.6% from a year earlier, led by gains in Seattle, Las Vegas and San […]

The State of California is Poverty’s Worst Friend

The State of California is Poverty’s Worst Friend

The State of California is Poverty’s Worst Friend Much like FDR’s failed economic policies, the State of California would do more for the poor by just leaving them alone. The League of Nations’ records of levels of employment before and after the Depression showed that most nations that simply did nothing but wait, fared much […]

President Donald ‘Santa’ Trump Delivering Strong Economic Data

President Donald ‘Santa’ Trump Delivering Strong Economic Data

President Donald ‘Santa’ Trump Delivering Strong Economic Data There looks to be no end to the strong data. Revised Q-3 GDP, December Philadelphia Fed Manufacturing Index, November Leading Indicators, October Home Prices and Weekly Jobless Claims GDP: 3.2% (down 0.1 percentage point) Phila. Fed: +3.5 points LEI: +0.4% Home Prices (Over-Year) +6.6% Jobless Claims: +20,000 […]

Hong Kong Real Estate Defying Gravity

Hong Kong Real Estate Defying Gravity

Hong Kong Real Estate Defying Gravity $JLL, $HSBC, $JPM Hong Kong’s steaming housing market shows no signs of cooling down anytime soon. Prices in the City have climbed 11% YTD defying skeptics waiting for the bubble to burst and government attempts to rein in the world’s most expensive housing market through a raft of taxes and […]

Housing is The Top Consumer Spending Category in the UAE

Housing is The Top Consumer Spending Category in the UAE

Housing is The Top Consumer Spending Category in the UAE Among GCC countries, consumer spending per household in the UAE was highest during Y 2016 at $103,000 Consumer spending in the UAE is expected to exceed $261-B in Y 2021, compared to nearly $183-B in Y 2016, according to research released by the Dubai Chamber […]

Surprise: July US Housing Starts, Permits Decline Sharply

Surprise: July US Housing Starts, Permits Decline Sharply

Surprise: July US Housing Starts, Permits Decline Sharply US home-building fell in July amid broad declines in single and multi-family home construction, suggesting the housing market is still struggling to rebound after slumping in Q-2. Housing starts declined 4.8% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.16-M units, the US Commerce Department said Wednesday. June’s […]

US New Home Sales Rise in June, Prices Fall

US New Home Sales Rise in June, Prices Fall

US New Home Sales Rise in June, Prices Fall $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX Sales of new homes rose slightly in June, hitting their highest level in 3 months, as demand for housing remained stiff, according to government data released Wednesday. But prices retreated from an all-time high and supplies rose, suggesting new construction could be […]

China’s GDP Comes in Better than Expected at 6.9% Y-Y

China’s GDP Comes in Better than Expected at 6.9% Y-Y

China’s GDP Comes in Better than Expected at 6.9% Y-Y $JPM In the latest sign of economic stabilization, China reported better-than-expected growth for Q-1 of Y 2017. The world’s 2nd-largest economy saw its GDP (gross domestic product) rise 6.9% Y-Y to hit US$ 2.63-T in Q-1, up from 6.8% growth in the prior Quarter, according […]

HUD Secretary Carson Promises Funding for Housing in Infrastructure Bill

HUD Secretary Carson Promises Funding for Housing in Infrastructure Bill

HUD Secretary Carson Promises Funding for Housing in Infrastructure Bill Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Ben Carson Monday promised funding for low-income housing. Addressing the National Low Income Housing Coalition Conference, Dr. Carson assured the gathering that “no one is going to be thrown out on the street.” “The part that people are not hearing […]

Rising Student Debt Hurts Housing and Consumer Spending

Rising Student Debt Hurts Housing and Consumer Spending

Rising Student Debt Hurts Housing and Consumer Spending Rising student loan debt looks to harm the overall US economy, especially home ownership and consumer spending, a top Federal Reserve official said Monday. The rising debt also might erode colleges’ and universities’ ability to elevate lower-income students. New York Fed President William Dudley cited research from […]

US Existing Home Sales Fall 3.7% From January High

US Existing Home Sales Fall 3.7% From January High

US Existing Home Sales Fall 3.7% From January High $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX US home resales fell more than expected in February on a persistent shortage of houses on the market that is pushing up prices and sidelining prospective buyers. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) said Wednesday existing home sales declined 3.7% to a […]

Tight Market Governing US Housing Recovery

Tight Market Governing US Housing Recovery

Tight Market Governing US Housing Recovery The US housing market, a Key economic driver, is very tight, with supply struggling to meet demand as the sector recovers a decade after the housing crisis. But persistent pent-up demand among would-be homeowners could cause builders to boost construction, helping to ease pressure on the market for new […]

US Housing Outlook Brighter The Street Thought

US Housing Outlook Brighter The Street Thought

US Housing Outlook Brighter The Street Thought New US single-family home sales rose more than expected in November and consumer sentiment is near at 12-year highs, strengthening the view that the economy will gain more momentum in Y 2017. President Elect Donald Trump’s plan to cut taxes and increase infrastructure spending is expected to boost […]

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, […]

Strong US Housing Market to Bring Fed Rate Hike

Strong US Housing Market to Bring Fed Rate Hike

Strong US Housing Market to Bring Fed Rate Hike October Existing Home Sales and November Philadelphia Fed Non-Manufacturing Index Sales: +2%; Prices (Over-Year): +6%/ Phil. Fed (NonMan.): -10.7 points; Orders: +6.9 points; Hiring: +5.8 point. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported that in October, existing home sales hit their highest pace since February 2007. […]

September Housing Performance Weaker Than Expected

September Housing Performance Weaker Than Expected

September Housing Performance Weaker Than Expected Homebuilders pulled back on construction for a 2nd month running in September, with a dive in apartments offsetting gains in single-family homes. Building activity was weak in all parts of the nation except the Midwest. Construction dove 9% in September to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.05-M units, […]

  Australia’s Economy Showing Resilience to Commodity Slump, Risk Lingers

  Australia’s Economy Showing Resilience to Commodity Slump, Risk Lingers

Australia’s Economy Showing Resilience to Commodity Slump, Risk Lingers $MCO Australia’s economy is continuing to display resilience to commodity price declines, however external financing risks do linger, global ratings agency Moody’s Investor Services said Wednesday. Australia’s growth should continue to outpace its commodity exporting triple-A (stable) rated peers New Zealand, Canada and Norway over the […]

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 […]

Dubai Real Estate May Become as Unaffordable as London

Dubai Real Estate May Become as Unaffordable as London

Dubai Real Estate May Become as Unaffordable as London Residents could be permanently priced out of the market, according to Cluttons Dubai is at risk of becoming as unaffordable for local residents as parts of the UK capital London unless cheaper property is provided, according to Cluttons. Faisal Durrani, the property consultancy’s head of research, […]

Key Economic Data Does Not Reflect Pending ‘Disaster’

Key Economic Data Does Not Reflect Pending ‘Disaster’

Key Economic Data Does Not Reflect Pending ‘Disaster’ $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX July New Home Sales and August Philadelphia Fed NonManufacturing Survey Home Sales: +12.4%/ Philly Fed: -4 points; Orders: -14.9 points The Big Q: With housing and hiring looking really good, where is the economic disaster we keep hearing about? The notion that the […]

US Consumer Prices Unchanged, Inflation Slows

US Consumer Prices Unchanged, Inflation Slows

US Consumer Prices Unchanged, Inflation Slows $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX US consumer prices were unchanged in July as the cost of gasoline fell for the 1st time in 5 months and underlying inflation slowed, which could further diminish prospects of a US Fed interest rate increase this year. The Labor Department said Tuesday that the […]

American’s are Almost as Wealthy as Ever, it is Scary

American’s are Almost as Wealthy as Ever, it is Scary

American’s are Almost as Wealthy as Ever, it is Scary Americans are about as wealthy as they have ever been and that is worrying monetary officials.  They are concerned that the growing wealth could prove unsustainable because it has outstripped the growth of the economy since the Great Recession’s storied end in Y 2009. A […]

US Real Estate: Strong Gains in Public Works, Power Plants & Multifamily Housing

US Real Estate: Strong Gains in Public Works, Power Plants & Multifamily Housing

US Real Estate: Strong Gains in Public Works, Power Plants & Multifamily Housing At a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $636.7 billion, new construction starts in May increased 5% from April, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. Much of the growth came from the nonbuilding construction sector (public works and electric utilities), which was lifted […]

A Troubling Story: “The US has Become a ‘Renter Nation'”

A Troubling Story: “The US has Become a ‘Renter Nation

A Troubling Story: “The US has Become a ‘Renter Nation’” A troubling story is  playing out across they USA in the 10 years since the housing bubble peaked and burst in a horrific crash. As real estate has risen, homeowners are thriving and renters struggle. For many longtime owners, times are good. They are enjoying […]

Unlike US Consumers, China’s Consumer Plan More Spending

Unlike US Consumers, China’s Consumer Plan More Spending

Unlike US Consumers, China’s Consumer Plan More Spending Most Chinese consumers will continue to spend in Y 2016 despite slowing economic growth and market volatility, according to research by Boston Consulting Group (BCG). About 75% of Chinese consumers plan to maintain or increase their spending this year, down from 81% in Y 2015, according to […]

US Housing Starts Missed Expectations in May

US Housing Starts Missed Expectations in May

US Housing Starts Missed Expectations in May US housing starts missed in May as the construction of multi-family housing units dropped, but gains in building permits signaled a possible rebound that would support economic growth in Q-2. Groundbreaking fell 0.3% to a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 1.16-M units, the US Commerce Department said Friday. […]

Saudi Arabia Seeks Partners to Build 1.5-M Homes

Saudi Arabia Seeks Partners to Build 1.5-M Homes

Saudi Arabia Seeks Partners to Build 1.5-M Homes Saudi government offers property developers partnership deals to address a shortage of affordable housing Saudi housing minister Majed al-Hogail has unveiled a new construction program, which aims to build 1.5-M homes over the next 8 years. Under the scheme, the Saudi government will offer foreign and local […]

Janet Yellen’s Remarks Anything But “Dovish”

Janet Yellen’s Remarks Anything But “Dovish”

Janet Yellen’s Remarks Anything But “Dovish” Monday, US Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen said  that interest rate hikes are likely on the way because “positive economic forces outweigh the negative” for the United States now that risks from earlier this year have diminished. In Monday’s public comment from any US central banker before a Key […]

Ominous Business Indicator, Machinery Orders Soft

Ominous Business Indicator, Machinery Orders Soft

Ominous Business Indicator, Machinery Orders Soft $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX US business spending intentions weakened in April for a 3rd month running on soft demand for machinery, but a surge in contracts to purchase previously owned homes to a 10-year high supported views economic growth was gaining speed. The growth picture was further boosted by […]

Ft McMurray Wildfire, Canada’s Most Expensive Natural Disaster

Ft McMurray Wildfire, Canada’s Most Expensive Natural Disaster

Ft McMurray Wildfire, Canada’s Most Expensive Natural Disaster The raging wildfire in Alberta Canada will go down as the most expensive natural disaster in Canada’s history, damaging the environment, homes, businesses and the struggling economy in their path. Recently released data suggests that activity in the Canadian Province was firming near the end of Q-1 […]

More Singaporeans Satisfied with Current Property Market

More Singaporeans Satisfied with Current Property Market

More Singaporeans Satisfied with Current Property Market About 28% of respondents said that they are “very or quite satisfied with” the current Singapore property market, while more residents said they intend to purchase residential property in the next 6 months, according to Property Affordability Sentiment Survey 2016, a regular survey of Singaporean residents that provides […]