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  • Thu, Apr 19 2018
  • 9:20 AM » March Home Prices Up 8.9%, the Biggest Increase in Four Years
    Published Thu, Apr 19 2018 9:20 AM by www.redfin.com
    New listings declined 5.6 percent in March, a sign of waning seller enthusiasm and ongoing tight market conditions. The post March Home Prices Up 8.9%, the Biggest Increase in Four Years appeared first on Redfin Real-Time .
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    Source: www.redfin.com
  • 9:20 AM » Why the Yield Curve Inversion May Not Be Too Alarming
    Published Thu, Apr 19 2018 9:20 AM by Bloomberg
    Bloomberg Why the Yield Curve Inversion May Not Be Too Alarming Bloomberg Why the Yield Curve Inversion May Not Be Too Alarming. Bloomberg Markets: Middle East. April 18th, 2018, 11:49 PM PDT. Saktiandi Supaat, Maybank Group Executive VP and Regional Head of FX Research Strategy, discusses Treasuries and the currency markets ...
  • 8:36 AM » US weekly jobless claims fell, indicating continued job growth after a slowdown in March
    Published Thu, Apr 19 2018 8:36 AM by CNBC
    New applications for U.S. unemployment benefits fell last week, indicating continued job growth after a slowdown in March.
  • 8:15 AM » Record US Yield Premium Runs Into the Trump-Dollar Discount
    Published Thu, Apr 19 2018 8:15 AM by Bloomberg
    Bloomberg Record US Yield Premium Runs Into the Trump-Dollar Discount Bloomberg U.S. two-year Treasuries haven't yielded this much over their German counterparts for decades, yet it's providing little help for the dollar. The explanation for some is that the interest-rate premium is getting canceled out by a Trump discount. Longer ... and more »
  • Wed, Apr 18 2018
  • 3:16 PM » U.S. Senate favors undoing consumer bureau's auto guidance
    Published Wed, Apr 18 2018 3:16 PM by CNBC
    The vote comes amid a broader attack of the consumer watchdog by the Trump administration.
  • 2:14 PM » Fed: Steel prices rising due to tariffs; economic outlook remains positive
    Published Wed, Apr 18 2018 2:14 PM by CNBC
    Fed: Steel prices rising due to tariffs; economic outlook remains positive|| 105136636
  • 12:52 PM » The top 10 most expensive places to buy a home in the US
    Published Wed, Apr 18 2018 12:52 PM by CNBC
    The median home value in the U.S. is $210,200, but in these zip codes it can be more than 30 times that much.
  • 11:22 AM » Freddie Mac Prices New $2.5 Billion Two-Year Reference Notes Security
    Published Wed, Apr 18 2018 11:22 AM by freddiemac.mwnewsroom.com
    Freddie Mac Prices New $2.5 Billion Two-Year Reference Notes Security
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    Source: freddiemac.mwnewsroom.com
  • 11:01 AM » AIA: "Architecture billings remain positive in March"
    Published Wed, Apr 18 2018 11:01 AM by Calculated Risk Blog
    Note: This index is a leading indicator primarily for new Commercial Real Estate (CRE) investment. From the AIA: Architecture billings remain positive in March he American Institute of Architects (AIA) today reported that a rchitecture firm billings rose for the sixth consecutive month in March, although the pace of growth slowed modestly from February . Overall, the AIA's Architecture Billings Index (ABI) score for March was 51.0 (any score over 50 indicates billings growth), which still reflects a healthy business environment. While business conditions softened somewhat at firms located in the Northeast region, billings remained strong at firms located in the South and West regions. "New project activity coming into architecture firms continues to grow at a solid pace. As a result, project backlogs-in excess of six months at present- are at their highest post-recession level," said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. "Business remains strong in the South and West, and firms with a residential specialization continue to set the pace." ... • Regional averages: West (53.4), Midwest (50.7), South (53.2), Northeast (49.0) • Sector index breakdown: multi-family residential (53.4), institutional (49.7), commercial/industrial (53.1), mixed practice (51.1) emphasis added Click on graph for larger image. This graph shows the Architecture Billings Index since 1996. The index was at 51.0 in March, down from 52.0 in February. Anything above 50 indicates expansion in demand for architects' services. Note: This includes commercial and industrial facilities like hotels and office buildings, multi-family residential, as well as schools, hospitals and other institutions. According to the AIA, there is an "approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending" on non-residential construction.  This index was positive in 11 of the last 12 months, suggesting a further increase in CRE...
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    Source: Calculated Risk Blog
  • 10:14 AM » NAR, realtor.com® Report Housing Supply and Affordability Are at Odds in Markets Across U.S.
    Published Wed, Apr 18 2018 10:14 AM by PR Newswire
    WASHINGTON, April 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- At the national level, housing affordability is down from a year ago and fewer households can afford the active inventory of homes currently for sale on the market based on their income. That is according to joint research from the National...
  • 8:36 AM » Wall Street is set to open higher after blockbuster earnings
    Published Wed, Apr 18 2018 8:36 AM by CNBC
    Small caps have also put in a notable performance in recent days, with the Russell 2000 closing within 2 percent of its January all-time high.
  • 8:34 AM » California Lawmakers Kill Housing Bill After Fierce Debate
    Published Wed, Apr 18 2018 8:34 AM by www.nytimes.com
    The vote highlighted the state's housing and homeless problem as a election-year issue that promises to dominate the state's politics for years.
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    Source: www.nytimes.com
  • 8:31 AM » Freddie Mac April 2018 Insight
    Published Wed, Apr 18 2018 8:31 AM by www.freddiemac.mwnewsroom.com
    Freddie Mac April 2018 Insight
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    Source: www.freddiemac.mwnewsroom.com
  • Tue, Apr 17 2018
  • 4:30 PM » Morgan Stanley issues warning that the end is near for the bull market
    Published Tue, Apr 17 2018 4:30 PM by CNBC
    Investors hoping that tax cuts and aggressive government spending plans will add another leg to the bull market likely are going to be disappointed, Morgan Stanley argues in an analysis that contends the end of big returns is near. The firm maintains that boosts from fiscal policy are largely priced into the market and unlikely to last much longer.
  • 1:56 PM » Fed can keep rate hikes gradual without risking inflation: Evans
    Published Tue, Apr 17 2018 1:56 PM by Reuters
    CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve can stick to a series of gradual U.S. interest-rate increases over the next couple of years without much risk of an unhealthy surge in inflation, Chicago Fed President Charles Evans said on Tuesday.
  • 12:59 PM » 2-year yield hits highest level since 2008 after Fed official says he sees more inflation ahead
    Published Tue, Apr 17 2018 12:59 PM by CNBC
    The two-year note yield rose to its highest level since 2008 after a top Fed official said he expects inflation to rise.
  • 12:08 PM » Buyers Dilemma: Fewer Newly Constructed Single-Family Homes in the Pipeline
    Published Tue, Apr 17 2018 12:08 PM by www.realtor.com
    The housing shortage may get a little better with more new homes on the way. But there won't be as many newly constructed, single-family homes as expected. The post Buyers Dilemma: Fewer Newly Constructed Single-Family Homes in the Pipeline appeared first on Real Estate News & Insights | realtor.com® .
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    Source: www.realtor.com
  • 11:46 AM » London Home Prices Keep Falling
    Published Tue, Apr 17 2018 11:46 AM by Bloomberg
    Bloomberg London Home Prices Keep Falling Bloomberg As home prices keep dropping in London, they are rising across the country. Surveys show the average property in the capital lost almost two percent of its value over the past year. (Source: Bloomberg). RELATED ARTICLES. London House Prices Fall in ...
  • 11:14 AM » Freddie Mac Announces the Issuance of a New Two-Year Reference Notes Security
    Published Tue, Apr 17 2018 11:14 AM by freddiemac.mwnewsroom.com
    Freddie Mac Announces the Issuance of a New Two-Year Reference Notes Security
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    Source: freddiemac.mwnewsroom.com
  • 10:49 AM » Fed's Williams sees U.S. inflation at or above goal for years
    Published Tue, Apr 17 2018 10:49 AM by CNBC
    San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank President John Williams said he expects U.S. inflation to rise to the U.S. central bank's 2-percent goal this year and to continue at that goal for a couple of years.
  • 10:18 AM » Industrial Production Increased 0.5% in March
    Published Tue, Apr 17 2018 10:18 AM by Calculated Risk Blog
    From the Fed: Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization Industrial production rose 0.5 percent in March after increasing 1.0 percent in February; the index advanced 4.5 percent at an annual rate for the first quarter as a whole. After having climbed 1.5 percent in February, manufacturing production edged up 0.1 percent in March. Mining output rose 1.0 percent, mostly as a result of gains in oil and gas extraction and in support activities for mining. The index for utilities jumped 3.0 percent after being suppressed in February by warmer-than-normal temperatures. At 107.2 percent of its 2012 average, total industrial production was 4.3 percent higher in March than it was a year earlier. Capacity utilization for the industrial sector moved up 0.3 percentage point in March to 78.0 percent , a rate that is 1.8 percentage points below its long-run (1972-2017) average. emphasis added Click on graph for larger image. This graph shows Capacity Utilization. This series is up 11.3 percentage points from the record low set in June 2009 (the series starts in 1967). Capacity utilization at 78.0% is 1.8% below the average from 1972 to 2017 and below the pre-recession level of 80.8% in December 2007. Note: y-axis doesn't start at zero to better show the change. The second graph shows industrial production since 1967. Industrial production increased in March to 107.2. This is 23% above the recession low, and 2% above the pre-recession peak.
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    Source: Calculated Risk Blog
  • 9:14 AM » US Treasury yields rise ahead of key Fed remarks
    Published Tue, Apr 17 2018 9:14 AM by CNBC
    U.S. government debt prices fell into the red on Tuesday.
  • 9:14 AM » You can buy a home for less than $1,000 a month in these big cities
    Published Tue, Apr 17 2018 9:14 AM by CNBC
    GoBankingRates identifies 20 U.S. cities where you can still purchase a house with a monthly mortgage payment of $1,000 or less.
  • 9:13 AM » China Builder Kaisa Group Is Said to Discuss Dollar-Bond Sale With Banks
    Published Tue, Apr 17 2018 9:13 AM by Bloomberg
    Bloomberg China Builder Kaisa Group Is Said to Discuss Dollar-Bond Sale With Banks Bloomberg Chinese property developer Kaisa Group Holdings is in talks with banks in relation to a dollar-denominated bond issuance, according to people familiar with the matter who are not authorized to speak publicly and asked not to be identified. The firm's ... and more »
  • Mon, Apr 16 2018
  • 4:12 PM » Sacramento Housing in March: Sales Decrease Slightly YoY, Active Inventory up 19% YoY
    Published Mon, Apr 16 2018 4:12 PM by Calculated Risk Blog
    From SacRealtor.org: Spring Surge: sales volume, median sales price increase for the month March ended with 1,395 sales, marking a 23.3% increase from the 1,131 sales of February. Compared with one year ago (1,407), however, the current figure is a .9% decrease. Of the 1,395 sales this month, 192 (13.8%) cash financing, 809 (58%) used conventional, 249 (17.8%) used FHA, 89 (6.4%) used VA and 56 (4%) used Other types of financing. Active Listing Inventory increased 5.4% from 1,724 to 1,817. The Months of Inventory, however, decreased from 1.5 to 1.3 Months. A year ago the Months of inventory was 1.1 and Active Listing Inventory stood at 1,525 listings ( 19.1% below the current figure ). The Average DOM (days on market) dropped from 31 to 25 month to month and the Median DOM dropped from 13 to 11. "Days on market" represents the days between the initial listing of the home as "active" and the day it goes "pending." 75% of all homes sold this month (1,046) were on the market for 30 days or less and 87.5% (1,222) of all homes sold in 60 days or less. Compare this to March 2014 where 79.1% of all homes sold (1,075) sold in 60 days or less. emphasis added CR Note: Inventory is still low, but now increasing year-over-year in Sacramento. The statistics for March are here .
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    Source: Calculated Risk Blog
  • 4:12 PM » Cities With the Worst Rent: Is This How Much You're Coughing Up?
    Published Mon, Apr 16 2018 4:12 PM by www.realtor.com
    Los Angeles has the worst rent, according to new analysis by Forbes on the Worst Cities for Renters In 2018. Here's more on why. The post Cities With the Worst Rent: Is This How Much You’re Coughing Up? appeared first on Real Estate News & Insights | realtor.com® .
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    Source: www.realtor.com
  • 2:35 PM » Fed's Kaplan says he has no problem with being 'restrictive'
    Published Mon, Apr 16 2018 2:35 PM by Reuters
    (Reuters) - Dallas Federal Reserve Bank President Robert Kaplan on Monday said he expects the U.S. central bank to raise interest rates three times this year and further next year to levels that could put the brakes on U.S. economic growth, but that he does not want to push short-term rates above long-term borrowing costs.
  • 2:34 PM » Homebuilding Isn't Keeping Up With Growth, Development Group Says
    Published Mon, Apr 16 2018 2:34 PM by www.realtor.com
    America's housing shortage is more wide-ranging than cloistered coastal markets, stretching from pricey locales such as California and Massachusetts to more surprising places, such as Arizona and Utah. The post Homebuilding Isn't Keeping Up With Growth, Development Group Says appeared first on Real Estate News & Insights | realtor.com® .
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    Source: www.realtor.com
  • 1:05 PM » Earlier from the NY Fed: Manufacturing "Business activity grew at a solid clip in New York State"
    Published Mon, Apr 16 2018 1:05 PM by Calculated Risk Blog
    Earlier for the NY Fed: Empire State Manufacturing Survey Business activity grew at a solid clip in New York State, according to firms responding to the April 2018 Empire State Manufacturing Survey. The headline general business conditions index, at 15.8, remained firmly in positive territory, although its seven-point decline from its March level pointed to a somewhat slower pace of growth . Similarly, the new orders index and the shipments index suggested ongoing, albeit more measured, growth, with the first index falling eight points to 9.0 and the second declining ten points to 17.5. Delivery times continued to lengthen, and inventories moved higher. Labor market indicators pointed to a small increase in employment and significantly longer workweeks. emphasis added This was below the consensus forecast, but still a solid reading.
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    Source: Calculated Risk Blog
  • 12:24 PM » California's Housing Crisis: Working But On The Brink Of Homelessness
    Published Mon, Apr 16 2018 12:24 PM by www.npr.org
    In expensive West Coast cities like Los Angeles, there's a growing number of working people living on the margins - one crisis away from living on the streets due to soaring rents and housing prices.
  • 11:21 AM » Fed's Dudley: More than four interest rate hikes unlikely this year
    Published Mon, Apr 16 2018 11:21 AM by CNBC
    The Federal Reserve remains on track to raise interest rates three or four times in 2018, but any more than that would be unlikely, New York Fed President William Dudley said Monday. "As long as inflation is relatively low, the Fed is going to be gradual," Dudley told CNBC.
  • 10:40 AM » Another Top-10 List — States with the Greatest (and Least) Increase in Personal Income from 2016 to 2017
    Published Mon, Apr 16 2018 10:40 AM by blog.stewart.com
    Given a growing population, it is critically important to increase the number of jobs each year (in which the U.S. has increased the total number of jobs by 1.55 percent in the 12-months ending March 2018). Always key, however, given the current inflationary pressure is to grow personal income. Which states have the best personal … Read more
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    Source: blog.stewart.com
  • 9:21 AM » Retail Sales increased 0.6% in March
    Published Mon, Apr 16 2018 9:21 AM by Calculated Risk Blog
    On a monthly basis, retail sales increased 0.6 percent from February to March (seasonally adjusted), and sales were up 4.5 percent from March 2017. From the Census Bureau report : Advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for March 2018, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, were $494.6 billion, an increase of 0.6 percent from the previous month, and 4.5 percent above March 2017. ... The January 2018 to February 2018 percent change was unrevised from down 0.1 percent. Click on graph for larger image. This graph shows retail sales since 1992. This is monthly retail sales and food service, seasonally adjusted (total and ex-gasoline). Retail sales ex-gasoline were up 0.6% in March. The second graph shows the year-over-year change in retail sales and food service (ex-gasoline) since 1993. Retail and Food service sales, ex-gasoline, increased by 4.2% on a YoY basis. The increase in March was above expectations, however sales in January and February were revised down slightly.
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    Source: Calculated Risk Blog
  • 8:28 AM » What to Expect From Retail Sales After the Trump Tax Cuts
    Published Mon, Apr 16 2018 8:28 AM by Bloomberg
    Bloomberg What to Expect From Retail Sales After the Trump Tax Cuts Bloomberg Tax cuts have given a boost to Americans' take-home pay this year. The question hanging over the U.S. economy is whether they are putting the extra cash toward savings and debt, or using it to go shopping. Retail-sales data due Monday from the Commerce ... and more »
  • 8:28 AM » BofA profit beats estimates on higher interest rates, loan growth
    Published Mon, Apr 16 2018 8:28 AM by Reuters
    (Reuters) - Bank of America reported a 34 percent rise in first-quarter profit on Monday, topping Wall Street estimates, as the bank benefited from higher interest rates and growth in loans and deposits.
  • 8:25 AM » America's most popular investment vehicle has its work cut out for it this year
    Published Mon, Apr 16 2018 8:25 AM by CNBC
    The growing popularity of bond funds for investors is due to the simple fact that they are the simplest, cheapest way for investors to buy a diversified basket of bonds.
  • Fri, Apr 13 2018
  • 3:46 PM » Wells Fargo says it faces $1 billion penalty for mortgage, auto business misdeeds
    Published Fri, Apr 13 2018 3:46 PM by Washington Post
    It's the latest hit to the bank's efforts to rebuild its reputation after more than a year of scandal.
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    Source: Washington Post
  • 3:46 PM » Dow drops 200 points as JP Morgan falls 3.5%
    Published Fri, Apr 13 2018 3:46 PM by CNBC
    Stocks fell as bank shares gave up their initial gains. The major averages were still on track to post strong weekly gains.
  • 3:46 PM » Trading Volumes Are at 2018 Lows as US Investors Wait on Earnings
    Published Fri, Apr 13 2018 3:46 PM by Bloomberg
    Bloomberg Trading Volumes Are at 2018 Lows as US Investors Wait on Earnings Bloomberg Activity on the U.S. exchanges hasn't been this low all year. About 6.1 billion shares changed hands on the nation's main bourses on Wednesday and Thursday, the lowest level since late December. Trading of options has eased off too. The daily average ... and more »
  • 1:45 PM » How much you'd have made if you bought a home in these cities 20 years ago
    Published Fri, Apr 13 2018 1:45 PM by CNBC
    If you bought real estate in Encinitas 20 years ago, you could have made seven figures.
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