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Rental Rates May Shift Housing Decisions

Rental Rates May  Shift Housing Decisions

     The housing crisis of 2008-2009 changed many opinions as regards the future of housing. It seemed that many had come to the conclusion that buying no longer   made sense as…

The Little Engine that Couldn’t Anymore $

The Little Engine that Couldn’t Anymore  $

Not that the housing sector has ever been a little engine but there are signs that its impact on the economy have been fading and that does not bode well…

When Job Growth is Not Very Exciting

When Job Growth is Not Very Exciting

The good news is that there have been fewer people laid off and there are more jobs being added month over month. The bad news is that there are still…

New Home Sales Drop in February – as one would Expect $

New Home Sales Drop in February – as one would Expect  $

It was probably not that surprising that new home sales dipped in February. It was a really tough year for winter weather and this showed up in February figures. New…

Initial Claims and the Reason for Optimism $

Initial Claims and the Reason for Optimism  $

Ever wonder why we hear a lot of optimism coming out of national economists regarding the labor market? After all, we have shown you the U6 rate charts for a…

Is the US Consumer in Real Trouble? $

Is the US Consumer in Real Trouble?  $

You are going to be subjected to a new theme from us, and it will probably be sickening by the time we get done with it – because we are…

Time for a Community Banker? $

Time for a Community Banker?   $

The Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors has gone through a lot of change in a short period of time and that change is not over. This week the Senate will…

Retail’s Big Chill Starts to Ease

Retail’s Big Chill Starts to Ease

   People are as likely to get sick of hearing that the winter decked the economy as they are of winter itself. It has become very easy to attribute everything…

The Chart That Has the World Panicked

The Chart That Has the World Panicked

If you want to know what the most advanced traders in the world are looking at, it’s the chart at right.  Not to keep tooting our own horn, but we…

Innovation or the Same Old Politics $

Innovation or the Same Old Politics  $

The latest salvo from the White House involves a change in the way that overtime is figured for the salaried workers in the labor force. This gets changed from time…

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