U.S. housing starts in June collapsed. The 9.3% decline contrasts with expectations for a 1.9% increase, according to a Bloomberg survey. Adding insult to injury the May series was revised down to show a decline of 7.3% rather than 6.5% as initially reported. And worse, the building permits fell 4.2%. They were expected to have risen by 3.0%.
Once an economic recovery picks up steam and inflationary pressures begin to rise, the market's reaction function "switches polarity" and incoming economic data is now interpreted as a negative market signal because it means there is a greater chance the Fed will be raising interest rates in the near future. This is where we find ourselves now.
In an age when governments of every political leaning and ideological stripe distort economic data to promote their parties’ interests, it is hardly surprising that the nation’s inflation rate is reported in a manner that best suits their political needs.
While I was in the Pacific Northwest and Canada most of last week, I did have the privilege of listening to J.P. Morgan’s (JPM/$55.80/Strong Buy) Chief Market Strategist last Monday. Dr. David Kelly has long been known for his keen insights on the equity markets...
This Great Graphic was tweeted by Cigolo and retweeted by Pauly@spz_trader, which is how we saw it. The data is from Thomson Reuters Datastream. It shows US and euro area industrial production since 2002.
We’re all familiar with the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, less so with the Red King. He’s sleeping all the while, and when Alice goes to wake him up she’s warned off by Tweedledee and Tweedledum, who tell her that everything in Wonderland — including Alice herself...
Once again I am going to discuss debt, and my discussion will be mainly conceptual. I suspect that many of my regular readers might wonder why I keep returning to this subject – and, often enough, keep saying the same things.
Back in September 2013, I wrote about a unique new way to forecast inflation. That piece called for a pickup in inflation, which has materialized, and so it is worth taking another look to see what more is ahead.
As I’ve been hearing the pushback to the market’s gains, there are a few that are louder than the rest. I guess if you say something enough times, it becomes truth. Unfortunately for the general population, not many investors are savvy enough to do their own statistical analysis nor do they have the databases...
The ongoing bull market is over 5 years old and both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P500 Index have climbed to record highs. Yet, the vast majority of retail investors are still not convinced and many are waiting for the elusive stock market crash!