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Is Renter Nation Dead? Single-Family Housing Starts, Permits Highest Since 2007

October's 13.7% MoM spike in housing starts was revised dramatically lower to just +8.4% which makes November's 3.3% rise (vs expectations for a 3.1% decline) somewhat less impressive. Building Permits dipped from recent highs. Northeast starts tumbled -39.6% and down -12.9% in Midwest, but jumped in South +11.1% and West +19.0% While both cohorts rose, […]

Nobel Laureate ‘Discovers’ Cause Of Opioid Crisis: Complete Economic Destruction Of The “White Working Class”

For several decades now the American Midwest has suffered from unprecedented economic decay courtesy of a persistent outsourcing of manufacturing jobs in the automotive and steel industries, among others. As we’ve noted frequently, that economic decay has resulted in a devastating surge in opioid overdoses that claim the lives of 100s of people each year. […]

Pending Home Sales Jump Most In 8 Months On Hurricane Rebound

Following the bounces in new- and existing-home sales in October, all eyes are on Pending Home Sales to complete the trifecta of 'proof' that housing is back baby… and it did rising 3.5% MoM (beating expectations of a 1.0% gain). The driver of the surge was The South (up 7.4% MoM) as September's 3% hurrican […]

Chris Hedges: Our Ever-Deadlier Police State

Authored by Chris Hedges via TruthDig.com, None of the reforms, increased training, diversity programs, community outreach and gimmicks such as body cameras have blunted America’s deadly police assault, especially against poor people of color. Police forces in the United States – which, according to The Washington Post, have fatally shot 782 people this year – […]

Rental Insecurity: Survey Finds 1 In 5 American Renters Missed A Payment In Past 3 Months

A new survey conducted by ApartmentList.com recently found that Americans, despite historically low unemployment levels and surging stock indices which would both seem to suggest that ‘everything is awesome’, are having a very difficult time making ends meet.  Per the survey, some 20% of renters admit they were unable to make their monthly payments on […]

Housing Starts, Permits Collapse In September (Spoiler Alert: It Wasn’t Just The Storms)

Following last month's bounce in permits (later revised lower), September expectations were for a decline of 2.1% (presumably analysts knew of the storms' potential impact when they guessed) but it utterly collapsed – down 4.5%. Worse still Housing Starts were supposed to drop just 0.4% in September but crashed 4.7%. These are 2 to 3 […]

“Worse Than Big Tobacco”: How Big Pharma Fuels The Opioid Epidemic

Authored by Lynn Paramore via The Institute for New Economic Thinking, Once again, an out-of-control industry is threatening public health on a mammoth scale Over a 40-year career, Philadelphia attorney Daniel Berger has obtained millions in settlements for investors and consumers hurt by a rogues’ gallery of corporate wrongdoers, from Exxon to R.J. Reynolds Tobacco. […]

The Tale Of Two Americas – Urban Rise, Rural Demise, & The Rationale To Hyper-Monetize

Authored by Chris Hamilton via Econimica blog, (The following was written as an outline for a potential book.  To this point no publisher has shown interest and time and funds have run out.) America is in the midst of an ongoing and accelerating shift in demographics and population growth.  These trends, long in place, are at […]

Bang For Your Buck? Mapping Where A Dollar Goes Furthest In America

Go to any large, high-density city like New York or San Francisco, and you’ll notice a difference in costs immediately. The price you pay for groceries, dinner at the restaurant, filling up your tank, or even your daily coffee goes up substantially. With high-paying jobs, booming economies, limited space, and soaring levels of density, cities […]

“Pizza Price Parity”: Where Is Pizza Most And Least Expensive In America?

Via Priceonomics.com, Between 2007 – 2010, a USDA study estimated that 1 in 8 Americans ate some form of pizza on any given day. That number climbs to about 1 in 4 for males and 1 in 5 for females when looking specifically at Americans age 12 to 19. There’s no escaping it; pizza is […]

Mike Krieger Asks Which Is ‘Fraudulent’: Bitcoin Or JP Morgan?

Authored by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog, I’m really grateful JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon decided to once again lash out in anger at Bitcoin, as it provides us with ample opportunity to highlight a practice very near and dear to how the bank operates. Fraud. The way the news cycle works, any topic […]

Housing Recovery False Alarm – Starts, Permits Plunge In July As Rental Units Collapse

Following June's huge surprise jumps in Housing Starts (revised lower) and Building Permits (revised notably higher), July saw both starts and permits plunge (-4.8% and -4.1% respectively) dramatically missing expectations. The majority of the plunge is driven by multi-family starts crashing 35.2% YoY to its lowest since Sept 2016.   Permits' 7.4% June surge was […]

Forget The Russians: Blame “Robot Anxiety” For Losing The Election

Authored by Mike Shedlock via MishTalk.com, Robots are taking our jobs says the Brookings Institute. This causes “Robot Anxiety“, but not everywhere, just in the Red states that swung the election to Trump. Robots, it turns out, are congregating densely in some places but are hardly found in others. Specifically, the map makes clear that […]

Trump Launches Trade War With China By Signing Memorandum On Chinese IP Laws

Today at 3pm, President Trump signed a memo addressing “China’s laws, policies, practices, and actions related to intellectual property, innovation, and technology” effectively firing the first shot in what many predict will blossom into an all-out trade war with China. As discussed over the weekend, administration officials said Saturday that memo will direct U.S. Trade […]

Trump Warns Xi: Trade War With China Begins Monday

As if there weren’t enough geopolitical and social stress points in the world to fill a lifetime of “sleepy, vacationy” Augusts, late on Friday night President Trump spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping and told him that he’s preparing to order an investigation into Chinese trade practices next week, according to NBC. Politico confirms that […]