Seattle Real Estate in September: Sales up 12.3% YoY, Inventory down Slightly YoY

The Northwest Multiple Listing Service reported Northwest MLS Brokers Say Transition to Fall Creating Opportunities for Buyers Northwest Multiple Listing Service brokers reported year-over-year gains in pending sales, closed sales and prices, but its report summarizing September activity also showed an 18% drop in inventory compared to a year ago. At the end of September, […]


U.S. consumers: still an engine of growth

August reinforced the perennial fear of this recovery: insufficient growth. While the economic data has started to stabilize, the global economy, particularly the manufacturing sector, remains fragile. However, for the umpteenth time this recovery, the U.S. household sector appears to be keeping the global economy out of the abyss.  The good news: This is likely […]


5G: A multi-faceted opportunity

When investors consider the impending “fifth generation” (5G) wireless transition, they frequently focus on 5G’s direct impact on telecommunications companies (telcos), network equipment vendors and smartphone makers. While true, this is an incomplete assessment. We expect 5G to drive change and opportunity across many diverse industries in the upcoming decade, not just in communication services. […]


Small Business Optimism Index Decreased in September

CR Note: Most of this survey is noise, but there is some information, especially on the labor market and the “Single Most Important Problem”. From the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB): September 2019 Report: Small Business Optimism Declines but Remains Historically High The small business Optimism Index maintained a historically solid reading, but took […]


Looking for cover

Successful investing is not just about reaching the final destination; the journey itself can be equally important. Equity investors in particular need to account for the likelihood of volatility along the way and seek strategies for limiting loss while staying in the market. The impact of steep losses on long-term returns can be significant, as […]