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Fed Survey Confirms Broader Economic Improvement

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 ›

How Much Water Homes Use

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 ›

Los Angeles Takes Top Spot as Nation’s Least Affordable Housing Market

San Francisco, which has been the nation’s least affordable major housing market for nearly five years, was supplanted by Los Angeles in the third quarter of 2017, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI). Nationwide, 58.3 percent of new and existing homes sold between the beginning of July and end of September were… Read More ›

Construction Job Openings in September

The count of unfilled jobs in the construction sector declined in September. Given the significant need for repair and restoration work in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, we can expect increases in the months ahead. According to the BLS Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) and NAHB analysis, the number of open construction sector jobs (on a seasonally adjusted basis)… Read More ›

Private Inventories Contribute to Q3 GDP Growth

The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) reported that real gross domestic product (GDP) rose by 3.0 percent over the third quarter on a seasonally adjusted annual rate basis. However, residential fixed investment (RFI) fell by 6.0 percent over the quarter. Despite the decline in the RFI component, the contribution of gross private investment to GDP growth rose, reflecting a large… Read More ›

LMI Indicates Continued Improvement Across The Country In The Third Quarter

According to the NAHB/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI), 84 percent, 282 metropolitan statistical areas, recorded growth in their LMI Score over the third quarter of 2017. The index uses single-family housing permits, employment, and home prices to measure proximity to a normal economic and housing market. The index is calculated for 337 local markets, metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs), as well as… Read More ›

Fed Leaves Rates Unchanged, Current Range Deemed “Accommodative”

On Wednesday, November 1, the Federal Open Markets Committee (“FOMC”) decided to leave its interest rate, the federal funds rate, unchanged at a range of 1.00 to 1.25 percent. Although the effects of the past hurricanes have reversed the longer trend in both employment and inflation, the hurricanes’ impacts are expected to fade and the longer-trend will reappear. In the… Read More ›

Jerome Powell Nominated to Lead the Fed

President Trump has nominated Jerome H. Powell to be the next Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. In his role as Chairman of the Board of Governors (“the Board”), Mr. Powell would also chair the Federal Open Markets Committee (“FOMC”), the monetary policy decision making body composed of the other Federal Reserve Board governors and… Read More ›

Florida Accounts for Much of Nationwide Decrease in Employment

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 28 states and decreased in 23 states and the District of Columbia in September 2017 compared to August 2017. Although the majority of states recorded a monthly increase, the decline across the state of Florida was large enough to offset those gains. As a result, payroll employment nationwide… Read More ›