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New Home Sales Soften Slightly in May.

O.K., we called it “slightly”, but it was a 6% drop in new home sales month-over-month.  But, we mentioned last month when we got a shocking jump in sales to…

Simple Look at Leading Economic Index.

The LEI is a useful tool in giving us some general direction for the US economy. Essentially, the LEI predicts the general direction of economic activity over the next six…

Want to Know What the IMF Sees in the US Economy? $

There are those who don’t listen much to the International Monetary Fund, they can tend to be negative toward the US and pro-Europe at times. But, most of their analysis…

Low Skilled Workers Struggle in the US $

The rate of labor force participation among males who are classified as low-skill is as high in the US as in any OECD nation other than Italy. The male worker…

Keep this in the Back of Your Minds Concerning the ACA.

The administration is hoping that increasing the penalty for not having personal health insurance from $325 in 2015 to $695 by the end of 2016 will push more people under…

Cool Comment on the Dollar.

In the MAPI comment above, they made an interesting observation that makes a lot of sense. MAPI suggested that the marketplace must go through a long adjustment period coming out…

Newest Outlook for Industrial Production in Manufacturing. $

We love the IPI for Manufacturing because it has such a tight correlation rate with so many dimensions of the economy. We see 80% correlation rates to freight movement, 99%…

Concerned about Economic Trending Data $

    Watching Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen’s testimony today, she was challenged by Senators regarding the integrity of the data that the Fed uses for forecasting. Some have challenged the…

Optimism in Hispanic Community $

The data does not support the sense of optimism within the larger Hispanic population. It is argued that no group was affected more by the collapse of the economy in…

Retail Gains  

A few weeks ago it had been suggested that a hike of around 0.3% was the consensus view – down significantly from the 1.3% gain that had been notched in…

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