Monday, November 27, 2006
My worry is that there are those pundits and bloggers who seem to be cheering for a housing bubble burst. Why? I can only guess that they would like to see the market drop so they can buy at the low point. There is no bubble, or bubble burst. This is merely the normal market reaction to interest rates, economic cycle, and government overextending itself at all levels.
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Home Builders have suffered the most, since REALTORs make money even if sellers are dropping prices. Builders are generallly sitting on too many specs. Why? Again I'll be frank, they need the construction activity to pay for their overhead. A little slowdown is actually good for the market since it encourages builders to drop overhead and move to more efficient trade partners. The most battered this winter will be trades since they got a free pass last winter when too many specs were built. Not this winter.
Monday, November 06, 2006
Chinese authorities key on oil and energy production in major investments in Africa. I'll go out on a limb here and say that the US is falling behind on business investment in third world.
Mittal Steel CEO takes over new merged company, even though he suggested otherwise earlier. Watch for closure of western production facilities, including Indiana. Here's the problem, two years ago the Amercian economy including Indiana could have handled the shut down of these plants ... now? I think the purposeful slowdown of the housing economy will make these plant shutdowns a real problem. It's time for the Fed to loosen it's grip and let the economy and especially housing run free again.
Here's my favorite statistic of the week: Unemployment falls to it's lowest level in years and the Democrats are complaining about the economy? Why? They want taxes increased and they want to increase the price of oil with a consumption tax and they want to pull out of Iraq immediately. They don't seem to care for Clinton's old mantra "It's the economy stupid"
Want my prediction on elections tomorrow? Republicans will hold the Senate. Democrats will gain the House by 3 seats, Nancy Pelosi will be voted in as speaker of house setting up a mandate election in 2008 for McCain vs. Hillary. In our own state, Republicans will hold House and Senate and major state jobs. I deal with my county predictions on my porter county politics site.
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