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  • Finally, some good news on consumers

    While we have no shortage of economic issues to remain concerned about, e.g. foreclosures, debt deleveraging and persistent unemployment just to name a few, solid retail sales data for March at least provide a boost to optimism and may highlight the fact that the economic recovery might indeed be entering...
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  • Housing Market’s Roller-Coaster Ride Continues

    The long-awaited jump in home sales appears to have materialized at long last, for now anyway. After sales collapsed in late 2009 after the expiration of the new homebuyer tax credit, analysts have been waiting to see some kind of pop in the housing market data following the government’s decision...
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  • Good Enough for Show, but not First Place

    Today’s first take on real GDP showed that the U.S. economy expanded 3.2% on an annualized basis during the first three months of 2010. Many of the underlying details suggest that the economy remains on a path to recovery; however, even though the data have reduced the probability of a double-dip...
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  • The Wait Continues

    While there were enough positive things contained in today’s employment report that allow us to remain hopeful about the recovery’s lasting power, some troubling aspects remain. Specifically, the length of time in which workers have been unemployed is a serious concern. During March, unemployment...
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  • Carbon Pricing Creeps into DOE Rulemaking

    The Department of Energy's latest appliance efficiency standard rule monetizes the cost of carbon dioxide emissions. The rulemaking for Residential Water Heaters, Direct Heating, and Pool Heaters was released on March 31. The rule uses the a range of estimates for the social cost of carbon: $4.7...
  • The buying spree is over…now what?

    With the recent softness in the housing market, the end of the Federal Reserve’s mortgage-backed securities (MBS) purchase program has fueled concerns that mortgage rates could rise sharply and choke off prospects of a housing market recovery. The program only ended last week and rates climbed...
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