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Update: Real Estate Agent Boom and Bust

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Update: Real Estate Agent Boom and Bust

Way back in 2005, I posted a graph of the Real Estate Agent Boom. Here is another update to the graph. The graph shows the number of real estate licensees in California. The number of agents peaked at the end of 2007 (housing activity peaked in 2005, and prices in 2006). The number of...
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BEA: Q4 GDP to be Released Feb 28th, And Census Update

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BEA: Q4 GDP to be Released Feb 28th, And Census Update

From the BEA: New Dates Set for GDP, Personal Income, and International Trade Bureau of Economic Analysis data on U.S. gross domestic product, personal income and outlays, and international trade in goods and services that were delayed by the recent lapse in federal funding will be released in late February and early March. A...
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Update: For Fun, Stock Market as Barometer of Policy Success

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Update: For Fun, Stock Market as Barometer of Policy Success

By request, here is an update to the chart showing market performance under Presidents Trump and Obama. Note: I don’t think the stock market is a great measure of policy performance, but some people do – and I’m having a little fun with them. There are some observers who think the stock market is...
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Market Update

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Market Update

Friday:• At 10:00 AM, University of Michigan’s Consumer sentiment index (preliminary for February). The consensus is for a reading of 99.5, down from 99.9 in January. Click on graph for larger image. By request – following the market sell off today – here is a stock market graph. This graph shows the S&P 500...
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Update: Ten Economic Questions for 2018 #wdym

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Update: Ten Economic Questions for 2018 #wdym

Note: I’ll be on Bloomberg’s #wdym today. Here is a review of the Ten Economic Questions for 2017. Here are my ten questions for 2018. See links at bottom for a follow up, with some thoughts on each of these questions. The purpose of these questions is to provide a framework to think about...
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Update: Framing Lumber Prices Up Sharply Year-over-year

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Update: Framing Lumber Prices Up Sharply Year-over-year

Here is another update on framing lumber prices. Early in 2013 lumber prices came close to the housing bubble highs – and prices are once again near the bubble highs. This graph shows two measures of lumber prices: 1) Framing Lumber from Random Lengths through November 2017 (via NAHB), and 2) CME framing futures....
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Update: For Fun, Stock Market as Barometer of Policy Success

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Update: For Fun, Stock Market as Barometer of Policy Success

Note: This is a repeat of a June post with updated statistics and graph. There are a number of observers who think the stock market is the key barometer of policy success.  My view is there are many measures of success - and that the economy needs to work well for a majority of the people...
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Update: “Scariest jobs chart ever”

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Update: “Scariest jobs chart ever”

Thursday:• At 8:30 AM ET, The initial weekly unemployment claims report will be released.  The consensus is for 265 thousand initial claims, up from 254 thousand the previous week. • Also at 8:30 AM, The Producer Price Index for June from the BLS. The consensus is for a 0.3% increase in prices, and a...
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El Niño Update: Possibly “most powerful on record”

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El Niño Update: Possibly “most powerful on record”

From the LA Times: El Niño could be the most powerful on record, scientists say On the impact: For the United States, El Niño can shift the winter track of storms that normally keeps the jungles of southern Mexico and Central America wet and moves them over California and the southern United States. The...
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Update: Framing Lumber Prices down Year-over-year

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Update: Framing Lumber Prices down Year-over-year

Here is another graph on framing lumber prices. Early in 2013 lumber prices came close to the housing bubble highs. The price increases in early 2013 were due to a surge in demand (more housing starts) and supply constraints (framing lumber suppliers were working to bring more capacity online). Prices didn’t increase as much...
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