Comments on August Existing Home Sales

Earlier: NAR: Existing-Home Sales Increased to 5.49 million in August A few key points: 1) Existing home sales were up 2.6% year-over-year (YoY) in August.  This was the second consecutive YoY increase – following 16 consecutive months with a YoY decrease in sales. 2) Inventory is still low, and was down 2.6% year-over-year (YoY) in […]


NAR: Existing-Home Sales Increased to 5.49 million in August

From the NAR: Existing-Home Sales Increase 1.3% in August Existing-home sales inched up in August, marking two consecutive months of growth, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Three of the four major regions reported a rise in sales, while the West recorded a decline last month. Total existing-home sales, completed transactions that include single-family […]


Philly Fed Manufacturing shows Continued Expansion in September, At Slower Pace

From the Philly Fed: August 2019 Manufacturing Business Outlook Survey Manufacturing activity in the region continued to expand this month, according to results from the September Manufacturing Business Outlook Survey. The survey’s broad indicators remained positive, although their movements were mixed: The indexes for general activity and new orders fell, while the indexes for shipments […]


Final rule on ‘association retirement plans’ released by DOL

On July 29, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a final rule intended to expand the use of multiple employer plans (MEPs) to provide workplace retirement benefits. The final regulations modify the DOL’s long-standing interpretation of “employer” as defined in the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) to provide an additional mechanism for […]


A press officer handbook

I thought this worth sharing, from NEON (the New Economics Organisers Network), published yesterday: We’re very excited to say that we’ve just launched a Press Officer Handbook.  For a long time now we’ve heard from people in our movements saying they need help with press work – whether it’s writing press releases, preparing for interviews or […]


Not the Nobel Prize

I’ve mentioned this before: I’m doing so again for two reasons. First, voting is open on more than 50 candidates – which shows the scale of interest. And second, I guess I should mention that Paul Monaghan of the Fair Tax Mark has proposed me. I am not canvassing votes for me. I am canvassing […]


Why megatrend ETFs offer long-term growth potential

A game plan for investing in the future of innovation: megatrends. Megatrends are long-term global trends in technology, society, the environment, and demographics with high potential to change how we live and work. iShares megatrend exchange traded funds (ETFs) are engineered to help provide forward-thinking investors with access to long-term growth potential.  What follows is […]