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The Fed Just Doens't Have Enough Data to Make a Decision on Tapering

The Fed needs to see more data on macroeconomic performance for the second half of 2013 before making a judgment” Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard’s pretty vacant explanation about the pace of its $85 billion-per-month program of bond buying.

Interest Rates Are Headed Higher But Not For the Right Reason

The Fed has pasted itself into a corner-it wants low rates but doesn't want to pay for it by buying T-bonds.
Why rates are rising...


Is NOW the Best Time to Buy or Sell a Home?

“Right now may actually be one of the best times to buy a home” National Association of Realtors 2006 Marketing Campaign

As it turned out when that statement was made, it was probably the worst time to buy a home.

Promoting home ownership as a primary real estate marketing ploy is a mistake that the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and its REALTOR members often make because:

Bernanke Admits- The Economy is Weak-If We Tighten the Economy Would Tank


“I don’t think the Fed can get interest rates up very much, because the economy is weak, inflation rates are low, if we were to tighten policy, the economy would tank.” Ben Bernanke testifying at the House Financial Services Committee last week.

Bernanke's Testimony Can Be Summed Up in One Tweet

Axel Merk (@AxelMerk) of Merk Investments made this point on Twitter “Why are there blogs, when there’s Twitter? 140 characters plenty to summarize Bernanke.”

I agree but couldn’t resist banging out a blog post anyway. I tweeted a few times my summary of Bernanke’s testimony this way:

How Part Time Employment is Remaking the Economy - The Numbers

I tried for modeling work but it was a bit slow and that’s when I took a part-time job at McDonalds. It gave me income while I was waiting for my big break and at the very least I could eat.” Sharon Stone

Friday as the jobs report was being released Ryan Sloper and I were doing our weekly podcast.

Are We Becoming a Nation of Part Timers?

The Part Time Recovery - What the Jobs Report Shows

Yesterday's job report was touted as further evidence of economic recovery.

Mostly ignored was the surge in the underemployment rate from 13.8 % to 14.3%.

What will this mean for Fed's plans to taper QE and how might it impact the real estate market?

Are we becoming a nation of part timers?

This podcast discusses this and other economic news:

Silver Eagles Pass Six Month Sales Record!

The U.S. Mint has reported over 25 million silver eagles have been sold through June.

The price of silver is declining while real estate values are climbing.

Sales of U.S. Silver Eagles are at a record pace. Sales of new homes are at relative historic lows.

Silver at $18.79 an ounce today is trading below its 1980 high of $50 an ounce. The median new home price is at an all time high.

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