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  • Tue, Nov 14 2017
  • 11:08 AM » Affordable housing could lose big in Republican tax plan
    Published Tue, Nov 14 2017 11:08 AM by CNBC
    The House GOP tax plan cuts a type of bond that is used to finance at least half of the nation's affordable rental apartment buildings.
  • 10:19 AM » NFIB: Small Business Optimism Index "inches up" in October
    Published Tue, Nov 14 2017 10:19 AM by Calculated Risk Blog
    From the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB): Small Business Optimism Index inches up in October in October The October Index rose to 103.8, up from 103 the previous month . The historically strong performance extends the streak of positive months dating back to last November, when it shot up immediately following the election. Four of the Index components rose last month. Five declined slightly, while one remained unchanged. Outlook for expansion and sales expectations each jumped six points, while job openings increased by five points. The tight labor market got tighter for small business owners last month , continuing a year-long trend. Fifty-nine percent of owners said they tried to hire in October, with 88 percent of them reporting no or few qualified applicants. Hiring activity was particularly high in Florida and Georgia, as construction firms are still trying to meet higher demand caused by the recent hurricane . emphasis added Click on graph for larger image. This graph shows the small business optimism index since 1986. The index increased slightly to 103.8 in October.
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    Source: Calculated Risk Blog
  • 10:19 AM » Freddie Mac Prices New $3.5 Billion Three-Year Reference Notes Security
    Published Tue, Nov 14 2017 10:19 AM by freddiemac.mwnewsroom.com
    Freddie Mac Prices New $3.5 Billion Three-Year Reference Notes Security
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    Source: freddiemac.mwnewsroom.com
  • 9:28 AM » U.S. Economic Confidence Index Unchanged at +7
    Published Tue, Nov 14 2017 9:28 AM by news.gallup.com
    Americans' confidence in the economy remained steady last week, holding at the highest level since mid-August and one of the highest levels in the past nine years.
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    Source: news.gallup.com
  • 8:22 AM » Home Depot profit beats as hurricanes spur demand
    Published Tue, Nov 14 2017 8:22 AM by Reuters
    (Reuters) - Home Depot Inc , the largest U.S. home improvement chain, beat analysts' third-quarter sales and profit estimates on Tuesday, as hurricanes Harvey and Irma boosted demand for storm-related emergency products and rebuilding materials.
  • 8:22 AM » Janet Yellen admits the Fed could be confusing the public with its many voices
    Published Tue, Nov 14 2017 8:22 AM by CNBC
    Janet Yellen admits the Fed could be confusing the public with its many voices<br/>https://www.cnbc.com/2017/11/14/janet-yellen-admits-the-fed-could-be-confusing-the-public-with-its-many-voices.html
  • 8:19 AM » CoreLogic Reports Mortgage Delinquency Rates Lowest in More Than a Decade
    Published Tue, Nov 14 2017 8:19 AM by www.corelogic.com
    Overall Mortgage Delinquency Rate Fell 0.6 Percentage Points Year Over Year Foreclosure Rate Declined 0.3 Percentage Points Year Over Year Serious Delinquency Rate Declined 0.5 Percentage Points Year Over Year CoreLogic ® (NYSE: CLGX), a leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider, today released its monthly Loan Performance Insights Report which shows that, nationally, 4.6 percent of mortgages were in some stage of delinquency (30 days or more past due including those in foreclosure) in August 2017. This represents a 0.6 percentage point year-over-year decline in the overall delinquency rate compared with August 2016 when it was 5.2 percent. As of August 2017, the foreclosure inventory rate, which measures the share of mortgages in some stage of the foreclosure process, was 0.6 percent, down from 0.9 percent in August 2016. This was the lowest foreclosure inventory rate for the month of August in 11 years since August 2006 when it was 0.5 percent. Measuring early-stage delinquency rates is important for analyzing the health of the mortgage market. To monitor mortgage performance comprehensively, CoreLogic examines all stages of delinquency as well as transition rates, which indicate the percentage of mortgages moving from one stage of delinquency to the next. The rate for early-stage delinquencies, defined as 30-59 days past due, was 2 percent in August 2017, down slightly from 2.1 percent in August 2016. The share of mortgages that were 60-89 days past due in August 2017 was 0.7 percent, unchanged from August 2016. The serious delinquency rate (90 days or more past due) declined 0.5 percentage points year over year from 2.4 percent in August 2016 to 1.9 percent in August 2017. The 1.9 percent serious delinquency rate in June, July and August of this year marks the lowest level for any month since October 2007 when it was also 1.9 percent, and is also the lowest for the month of August since 2007 when the...
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    Source: www.corelogic.com
  • Mon, Nov 13 2017
  • 3:53 PM » Fed normalization not a risk for markets, but an opportunity: JPMorgan international chair
    Published Mon, Nov 13 2017 3:53 PM by CNBC
    The Fed's low interest rates were a good mechanism to extinguish a fire, not to stimulate growth, JPMorgan's Frenkel says.
  • 3:53 PM » Haste on Tax Measures May Leave a Trail of Loopholes
    Published Mon, Nov 13 2017 3:53 PM by www.nytimes.com
    When moving a bill at breakneck speed, one law that cannot be repealed is the law of unintended consequences, as corporate tax provisions may prove.
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    Source: www.nytimes.com
  • 3:53 PM » CFPB sues nation's largest debt-settlement services provider
    Published Mon, Nov 13 2017 3:53 PM by www.consumerfinancemonitor.com
    The CFPB has filed a lawsuit in a California federal district court against Freedom Debt Relief (FDR) and its CEO for alleged violations of the Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA) and the Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR). The CFPB’s press release describes Freedom as “the largest debt-settlement services provider in the United States.” According to the... Continue Reading
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    Source: www.consumerfinancemonitor.com
  • 12:53 PM » Emerging-Market Bonds See Biggest Yield Jump Since Trump Victory
    Published Mon, Nov 13 2017 12:53 PM by Bloomberg
    Bloomberg Emerging-Market Bonds See Biggest Yield Jump Since Trump Victory Bloomberg A Bloomberg Barclays Index of hard-currency emerging-market bonds has fallen for six straight days, capping the biggest weekly yield jump since last year when Donald Trump's victory spurred a selloff in risk assets. The gauge shows average borrowing ... and more »
  • 12:23 PM » Director Cordray criticizes CRA override of CFPB arbitration rule
    Published Mon, Nov 13 2017 12:23 PM by www.consumerfinancemonitor.com
    In a blog post last week, we noted that there had been no official statement from the CFPB about Congress’ override of the CFPB’s arbitration rule, which President Trump signed on November 1. Since publishing our blog post, we learned that Director Cordray had issued a statement on November 1 in which he criticized the... Continue Reading
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    Source: www.consumerfinancemonitor.com
  • 12:10 PM » Federal Reserve Board approves fee schedule for Federal Reserve Bank priced services
    Published Mon, Nov 13 2017 12:10 PM by Federal Reserve
    Federal Reserve Board approves fee schedule for Federal Reserve Bank priced services
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    Source: Federal Reserve
  • 11:20 AM » Fannie Mae Announces Results of its Fifth Reperforming Loan ...
    Published Mon, Nov 13 2017 11:20 AM by Fannie Mae
    News Release. Share This: November 13, 2017. Fannie Mae Announces Results of its Fifth Reperforming Loan Sale Transaction. ...
  • 11:05 AM » Renting Is Overtaking the Housing Market—Here's Why
    Published Mon, Nov 13 2017 11:05 AM by www.realtor.com
    Single-family rentals-either detached homes or townhomes-are developing faster than any other portion of the housing market. The post Renting Is Overtaking the Housing Market-Here's Why appeared first on Real Estate News & Insights | realtor.com® .
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    Source: www.realtor.com
  • 10:29 AM » Fed Survey Confirms Broader Economic Improvement
    Published Mon, Nov 13 2017 10:29 AM by eyeonhousing.org
    Information provided by the Federal Reserve Board in its October 2017 release of the Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey (SLOOS) indicates that lending standards on commercial and industrial (C&I) loans to large and medium-sized firms continue to ease on net. The continued easing in standards on C&I loans suggests that that the loan stock of C&I loans continued to expand.... Read More ›
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    Source: eyeonhousing.org
  • 9:43 AM » U.S. Heavy Truck Sales up Year-over-year in October
    Published Mon, Nov 13 2017 9:43 AM by Calculated Risk Blog
    The following graph shows heavy truck sales since 1967 using data from the BEA. The dashed line is the October 2017 seasonally adjusted annual sales rate (SAAR). Heavy truck sales really collapsed during the great recession, falling to a low of 181 thousand in April and May 2009, on a seasonally adjusted annual rate basis (SAAR). Then sales increased more than 2 1/2 times, and hit 480 thousand SAAR in June 2015. Heavy truck sales declined again - probably mostly due to the weakness in the oil sector - and bottomed at 364 thousand SAAR in October 2016. Click on graph for larger image. With the increase in oil prices over the last year, heavy truck sales increased too. Heavy truck sales were at 411 thousand SAAR in October 2017, down from 440 thousand in September, and up from 364 thousand in October 2016.
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    Source: Calculated Risk Blog
  • 8:37 AM » Will Tax Bill Really Hurt Housing & Rates?
    Published Mon, Nov 13 2017 8:37 AM by The Basis Point
    Concise recap of 3 housing-related tax benefit changes. The post Will Tax Bill Really Hurt Housing & Rates? appeared first on The Basis Point .
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    Source: The Basis Point
  • 8:35 AM » 10 Years After the Crash, the Boom Times Are Back in Real Estate—but Way Different
    Published Mon, Nov 13 2017 8:35 AM by www.realtor.com
    It's been 10 years since the real estate crash that precipitated the Great Recession. We take a giant step back and assess what has happened to the American housing market since. The post 10 Years After the Crash, the Boom Times Are Back in Real Estate-but Way Different appeared first on Real Estate News & Insights | realtor.com® .
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    Source: www.realtor.com
  • 8:35 AM » US House will reject total elimination of state and local tax deductions, Brady says
    Published Mon, Nov 13 2017 8:35 AM by CNBC
    The head of the House of Representatives' tax-writing committee said he would not accept elimination of a federal deduction for state and local taxes.
  • 8:28 AM » The Republican Tax Bills Are About to Shrink
    Published Mon, Nov 13 2017 8:28 AM by The Atlantic
    When Republicans in the House and Senate unveiled their tax bills to great fanfare over the last two weeks, they glossed over a small but critical detail: Neither of them, as written, can pass Congress with GOP votes alone. Both proposals are over-budget, analysts say, and would require significant revisions to abide by Senate procedural rules. Republicans likely will adjust their plan by making some of the biggest tax cuts expire in the next decade, a change that limits the legislation's potential for economic growth and would force lawmakers to confront potential tax increases years in the future. To circumvent a Democratic filibuster in the Senate, Republicans are following the same budget reconciliation rules they used when they tried to repeal the Affordable Care Act earlier this year with a simple, 51-vote majority. Under parameters set by the congressional budget resolution adopted last month , the tax bill can add up to $1.5 trillion to the deficit in the first decade after its enactment, but it cannot add anything to the deficit in the years following that. The rule is named for the late Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia, the long-serving Democrat known for his parliamentary expertise. The proposal House Republicans approved in the Ways and Means Committee last week meets the first test but not the second: Steep cuts to the corporate and individual tax rates would cost more money than the government would bring in through the elimination of popular deductions and exemptions, even when accounting for economic growth. The Senate "has an even bigger problem," said Ed Lorenzen, a senior adviser for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. The bill released on Thursday differs from the House proposal in a number of respects . While it completely eliminates the deduction for state and local taxes, it maintains the mortgage interest tax deduction and a few other expensive tax breaks. The Senate bill also reduces the income tax rate paid by the...
  • Fri, Nov 10 2017
  • 2:57 PM » Employment: October Diffusion Indexes
    Published Fri, Nov 10 2017 2:57 PM by Calculated Risk Blog
    I haven't posted this in some time. Here is some more positive news in the employment report. The BLS diffusion index for total private employment was at 59.6 in October, down from 61.1 in September. For manufacturing, the diffusion index was at 62.2, up from 58.3 in September. Think of this as a measure of how widespread job gains are across industries. The further from 50 (above or below), the more widespread the job losses or gains reported by the BLS.  Above 60 is very good.  From the BLS : Figures are the percent of industries with employment increasing plus one-half of the industries with unchanged employment, where 50 percent indicates an equal balance between industries with increasing and decreasing employment. Overall both total private and manufacturing job growth was widespread in October.
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    Source: Calculated Risk Blog
  • 2:57 PM » Selling a House to Millennials? Bring a Camera, and Fake Eyelashes
    Published Fri, Nov 10 2017 2:57 PM by www.realtor.com
    A wave of young buyers ask Realtors to help coordinate elaborate post-closing photo shoots for social media. The post Selling a House to Millennials? Bring a Camera, and Fake Eyelashes appeared first on Real Estate News & Insights | realtor.com® .
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    Source: www.realtor.com
  • 2:52 PM » Doubts about tax cuts weigh on Wall Street
    Published Fri, Nov 10 2017 2:52 PM by Reuters
    (Reuters) - Wall Street surrendered ground on Friday, with losses seen in Intel and Microsoft as investors worried about the future of promised corporate tax cuts following dueling plans unveiled by Republican lawmakers.
  • 1:05 PM » Freddie Mac Prices $1.1 Billion Multifamily K-Deal, K-F38
    Published Fri, Nov 10 2017 1:05 PM by freddiemac.mwnewsroom.com
    Freddie Mac Prices $1.1 Billion Multifamily K-Deal, K-F38
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    Source: freddiemac.mwnewsroom.com
  • 12:28 PM » Veteran's Day: Why Stock and Bond Markets Will be Open for the First Time Since 2006
    Published Fri, Nov 10 2017 12:28 PM by Market Watch
    Which stock and bond markets are closed? None!
  • 12:26 PM » Alan Greenspan: Big tax cuts a 'mistake.' Fix the debt first
    Published Fri, Nov 10 2017 12:26 PM by CNN
    Alan Greenspan has a message for President Trump and Congress: Now is not the time for big tax cuts.
  • 11:24 AM » Hamptons Homebuyers Have Already Figured Out How to Game the Tax Plan
    Published Fri, Nov 10 2017 11:24 AM by Bloomberg
    Bloomberg Hamptons Homebuyers Have Already Figured Out How to Game the Tax Plan Bloomberg Out in the Hamptons, Wall Street's favored beach resort on Long Island, brokers and buyers already have a workaround for a tax-plan provision under consideration in Congress that would take away the mortgage-interest deduction for second homes. A ... and more »
  • 10:38 AM » Remine Platform Now Includes Property Data On 100 Percent Of U.S. Housing Stock
    Published Fri, Nov 10 2017 10:38 AM by PR Newswire
    IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Remine, a real estate intelligence platform for Agents, now includes detailed property information on 100 percent of the U.S. housing stock from First American Financial Corporation, a leading provider of title insurance, settlement services...
  • 10:07 AM » Consumer sentiment hits 97.8 in November vs. 100.9 estimate
    Published Fri, Nov 10 2017 10:07 AM by CNBC
    Consumer confidence was expected to hit 100.7 in November.
  • 9:19 AM » Stocks Extend Drop, Bonds Fall; Dollar Fluctuates: Markets Wrap
    Published Fri, Nov 10 2017 9:19 AM by Bloomberg
    Bloomberg Stocks Extend Drop, Bonds Fall; Dollar Fluctuates: Markets Wrap Bloomberg Stocks around the world extended declines after European equities suffered the biggest plunge in four months on Thursday. U.S. equity-index futures pointed to a lower open amid concerns that U.S. tax reform is encountering obstacles, while Treasuries ... and more »
  • 9:01 AM » Prime Working-Age Population nears 2007 Peak
    Published Fri, Nov 10 2017 9:01 AM by Calculated Risk Blog
    The prime working age population peaked in 2007, and bottomed at the end of 2012. As of October 2017, according to the BLS, there were still fewer people in the 25 to 54 age group than in 2007. At the beginning of this year - based on demographics - it looked like the prime working age (25 to 54) would probably hit a new peak in 2017.  However, since the end of last year, the prime working age population has declined slightly. Changes in demographics are an important determinant of economic growth, and although most people focus on the aging of the "baby boomer" generation, the movement of younger cohorts into the prime working age is another key story. Here is a graph of the prime working age population (25 to 54 years old) from 1948 through October 2017. Note: This is population, not work force. Click on graph for larger image. There was a huge surge in the prime working age population in the '70s, '80s and '90s. The prime working age labor force grew even quicker than the population in the '70s and '80s due to the increase in participation of women. In fact, the prime working age labor force was increasing 3%+ per year in the '80s! So when we compare economic growth to the '70s, '80, or 90's we have to remember this difference in demographics (the '60s saw solid economic growth as near-prime age groups increased sharply). The good news is the prime working age group should start growing at 0.5% per year - and this should boost economic activity.
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    Source: Calculated Risk Blog
  • 8:59 AM » A middle-class tax cut? It depends who and where you are
    Published Fri, Nov 10 2017 8:59 AM by CNBC
    With details evolving, uncertainty remains, but House and Senate Republican proposals are unfavorable to those in high-cost states that are Democratic bastions.
  • 8:58 AM » Hurricanes could bring another disaster: Foreclosures
    Published Fri, Nov 10 2017 8:58 AM by CNN
    As life slowly returns to normal in hurricane-ravaged parts of Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, housing experts and consumer advocates worry another crisis is on the horizon: Foreclosures.
  • 8:58 AM » CFPB/Fed/OCC increase exemption thresholds for appraisal requirement, Regs Z and M
    Published Fri, Nov 10 2017 8:58 AM by www.consumerfinancemonitor.com
    The CFPB, Fed, and OCC have published notices in the Federal Register announcing that they are increasing three exemption thresholds that are subject to annual inflation adjustments. Effective January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018, these exemption thresholds are increased as follows: Smaller loans exempt from the appraisal requirement for "higher priced mortgage loans," increased... Continue Reading
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    Source: www.consumerfinancemonitor.com
  • Thu, Nov 9 2017
  • 4:01 PM » House Republicans advance tax bill, aim to bring it to a vote next week
    Published Thu, Nov 09 2017 4:01 PM by CNBC
    Following the House Ways and Means Committee's vote, the full chamber could vote on the tax plan as early as next week.
  • 4:00 PM » Here's how the House and Senate tax bills compare
    Published Thu, Nov 09 2017 4:00 PM by CNBC
    The Senate plan broadly follows the outlines of a similar bill making its way through the House but has some key differences.
  • 2:46 PM » Here's what's in the Senate Republican tax plan
    Published Thu, Nov 09 2017 2:46 PM by CNBC
    The Senate plan contains some key differences from the one working its way through the House.
  • 2:46 PM » How Much Water Homes Use
    Published Thu, Nov 09 2017 2:46 PM by eyeonhousing.org
    The residential sector accounts for less than 8 percent of water used in the U.S., according to a recent study published by NAHB. The recent NAHB study draws on information published by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The USGS compiles data on water use every five years. The latest numbers (from 2010) were published in 2014. The USGS labels water used by residences as "domestic." NAHB follows terminology... Read More ›
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    Source: eyeonhousing.org
  • 12:03 PM » Senate GOP bill would delay corporate tax cut until 2019, says Washington Post
    Published Thu, Nov 09 2017 12:03 PM by CNBC
    The Senate tax plan set to be unveiled Thursday will call for delaying a corporate tax cut until 2019
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