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Katie Couric and the Net Petroleum Exporter Myth

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Katie Couric and the Net Petroleum Exporter Myth

To understand what the general public is hearing about oil, I watched a Yahoo video yesterday with Katie Couric explaining the decline in oil prices. In general the piece was very good. Couric started by explaining that the decline in oil prices could be explained in two words: Supply and Demand.  She discussed reasons...
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Freddie Mac: “Mortgage Rates Find New Lows for 2014″

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Freddie Mac: “Mortgage Rates Find New Lows for 2014″

Friday:• At 10:00 AM ET, Regional and State Employment and Unemployment (Monthly) for November 2014 • At 11:00 AM, the Kansas City Fed manufacturing survey for December. From Freddie Mac: Mortgage Rates Find New Lows for 2014 Freddie Mac today released the results of...
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MBA: Mortgage Applications Decrease in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

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MBA: Mortgage Applications Decrease in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

From the MBA: Mortgage Applications Decrease in Latest MBA Weekly Survey Mortgage applications decreased 3.3 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending December 12, 2014. … The Refinance Index...
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21% of U.S. Housing Markets Are Now Less Affordable Than Historical Averages

21% of U.S. Housing Markets Are Now Less Affordable Than Historical Averages

RealtyTrac released a report identifying county-level housing markets with early warning signs of a possible home price bubble — where prices over-inflate and eventually decline.  The report also identified markets with little risk for a home price bubble. Read the rest of 21% of...
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Monday: Industrial Production, NY Fed Mfg Survey, Homebuilder Survey

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Monday: Industrial Production, NY Fed Mfg Survey, Homebuilder Survey

From the WSJ: Fed Likely to Stare Down Oil-Price Drop Falling oil prices are a boost to the U.S. consumer. But lower prices also are putting downward pressure on already low inflation, potentially moving the nation further away from the Fed’s objective of 2%...
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Goldman: FOMC Preview

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Goldman: FOMC Preview

Some excerpts from a research note by economists Sven Jari Stehn and David Mericle at Goldman Sachs: The economic dataflow has been solid since the October FOMC meeting. … News on inflation, however, has been mixed. On the one hand, actual inflation measures have...
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Thursday: Retail Sales, Unemployment Claims, Q3 Flow of Funds

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Thursday: Retail Sales, Unemployment Claims, Q3 Flow of Funds

Big stories today: Falling oil prices, possible budget deal, and Q3 GDP likely to be revised up. On oil prices, from the WSJ: Oil Prices Tumble Amid Global Supply Glut The benchmark U.S. oil price slid 4.5% to .94 a barrel, the lowest level...
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Delayed Marriage Equals Delayed Home-Ownership

Delayed Marriage Equals Delayed Home-Ownership

The share of 25 to 29 year-olds who are married is down by almost 48% for men and 43% for women from 1970.  This single fact is one of the biggest game changers in the housing industry. What impact does this change in marital...
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Tuesday: Job Openings, Small Business Optimism

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Tuesday: Job Openings, Small Business Optimism

From Jon Hilsenrath at the WSJ: Fed Aims to Signal Shift on Low Rates Federal Reserve officials are seriously considering an important shift in tone at their policy meeting next week: dropping an assurance that short-term interest rates will stay near zero for a...
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