WHAT TO WATCH: CONSUMER PRICE INDEX

WHAT TO WATCH: CONSUMER PRICE INDEX

Signs of inflation can move the Stock and Bond markets and impact home loan rates, which are tied to Mortgage Bonds. Here are important details to know. What is the Consumer Price Index (CPI) report? CPI measures consumer inflation and … Continue reading

WHAT TO WATCH: NON-FARM PAYROLLS

WHAT TO WATCH: NON-FARM PAYROLLS

Unemployment ticked higher in December, but more Americans were looking for work. Here’s what it means: What is the Non-farm Payrolls report? The Non-farm Payrolls report measures the number of people on the payrolls of all non-agricultural businesses each month. … Continue reading

WHAT TO WATCH: HOUSING STARTS

WHAT TO WATCH: HOUSING STARTS

Housing Starts are good for the overall health of the U.S. economy because they create a “ripple effect” in other sectors. What is the Housing Starts report? A “start” in construction is when excavation of a building’s foundation begins. This … Continue reading

WHAT TO WATCH: EXISTING HOME SALES

WHAT TO WATCH: EXISTING HOME SALES

Existing Home Sales illuminate the bright spot real estate can provide our economy and the long-term economic outlook. What is the Existing Home Sales report? The report measures sales of pre-owned single-family homes, condos and co-ops, as reported by the … Continue reading

WHAT TO WATCH: NON-FARM PAYROLLS

WHAT TO WATCH: NON-FARM PAYROLLS

Job creation walked a steady path this spring … downward. Fewer jobs were added to payrolls each month, and previous reports were revised lower. This is how it played out: What is the Non-farm Payrolls report? The Non-farm Payrolls report … Continue reading

WHAT TO WATCH: GDP

WHAT TO WATCH: GDP

The final GDP reading of 2015 reveals a slowing economy. What does that mean for consumers, exactly? What is the GDP report? GDP measures the total production and consumption of goods and services in the U.S. GDP covers consumer spending, … Continue reading