NMHC: Apartment Market Tightness Index Decreased in January

The National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) released their January report: January Quarterly Survey Indicates Apartment Conditions Mixed Certain market conditions are loosening, according to the NMHC Quarterly Survey of Apartment Market Conditions, conducted in January 2020. The Sales Volume Index slipped further below the breakeven level (50) to 43, indicating a continued softness in property […]


Construction Spending Decreased in December

From the Census Bureau reported that overall construction spending decreased in December: Construction spending during December 2019 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1,327.7 billion, 0.2 percent below the revised November estimate of $1,329.9 billion. The December figure is 5.0 percent above the December 2018 estimate of $1,264.8 billion. The value of […]


Is Whitehall right to be afraid of Scotland?

Dominic Raab’s comments on Scotland on the Andrew Marr programme yesterday gave a real insight into his thinking. As Politics Home reported about c0mments Raab made on Donald Tusks comments that Scotland would be heard empathically by Europe if it ever wished to join: That provoked outrage from Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab – who branded the […]


Quality access to international markets

On an almost daily basis, mainstream and financial news inundate us with reminders of geopolitical and economic uncertainties roiling the world. Investors are ever more confused about the potential impacts of these upheavals on their portfolios. As a result, many investors, perhaps inadvertently, have become even more entrenched in home-country biases. In fact, a recent […]


Monday: ISM Mfg, Construction Spending

Weekend:• Schedule for Week of February 2, 2020 Monday:• At 10:00 AM ET, ISM Manufacturing Index for January. The consensus is for the ISM to be at 48.5, up from 47.2 in December. • Also at 10:00 AM, Construction Spending for December. The consensus is for a 0.5% increase in construction spending. • At 2:00 […]