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Existing Home Sales Improve $

Existing Home Sales Improve  $

One of the critical pieces of the national economic outlook is the role of the housing market. We have talked much about the importance of a strong housing market; so…

California, Keep Your Fingers Crossed

California, Keep Your Fingers Crossed

There is a “train” of offshore storms that are going to inundate the Northwest with rain and heavy winds. These storms will start this week and continue into next week.…

Corporate Earnings Season Heats Up – Interesting Insights $

Corporate Earnings Season Heats Up – Interesting Insights  $

There will be more than 228 corporate earnings releases between now and Friday. Those earnings releases were originally expected to have been a big boost, or drag, on the stock…

Rail Sector is Calling “Bunk” on the Sell-Off $

Rail Sector is Calling “Bunk” on the Sell-Off  $

If we take JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley and others at their word (and they have probably forgotten about this research), there is an 82% correlation between the Association of…

The Retail Prognosis $

The Retail Prognosis  $

Nothing focuses the mind of the economist this time of year more than the upcoming holiday season. This year is no exception as this will be a period of evaluation…

Going Back to Some Basics $

Going Back to Some Basics  $

You have seen the volatility in the stock market – frankly, around the world. There is a lot of confusion out there for the average layperson on the street or…

CMI Flash Advance Report: Economic Trouble Ahead?

CMI Flash Advance Report: Economic Trouble Ahead?

The latest version of the Credit Managers Index is not very encouraging and we provide excerpts from it today. To see the whole report and all the historical background go…

Economic Blasts – A Quick Round-Up of Important Events

Economic Blasts – A Quick Round-Up of Important Events

      The middle of the roaders in the Fed are likely to set the tone for rate hikes next year and thus far most of them have remained…

Is There a Connection Between Welfare and Fertility? $

Is There a Connection Between Welfare and Fertility?  $

The Europeans are in the process of discussing something that is extremely awkward and controversial and the interaction is expected to be as emotional as anything dealt with in decades.…

Food Price Index Lowest Since 2010 $

Food Price Index Lowest Since 2010  $

The FAO Food Price Index has now hit the lowest level since 2010. If you take a look at the FAO chart at right showing the last five years of…

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