Fed Holds Rates Constant; Sees One Cut for 2024
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by Robert Dietz
1w ago
The Federal Reserve’s monetary policy committee held constant the federal funds rate at a top target of 5.5% at the conclusion of its June meeting. In its statement, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) noted: Recent indicators suggest that economic activity has continued to expand at a solid pace. Job gains have remained strong, and ..read more
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Inflation Moderates Despite Persistent Housing Cost Growth
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by Fan-Yu Kuo
1w ago
Both overall and core inflation continued to ease in May as decline in gasoline price offset the increase the shelter cost. This is a dovish signal for future monetary policy. Despite a slowdown in the year-over-year increase, shelter costs continue to put upward pressure on inflation, accounting for over 60% of the total increase in ..read more
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U.S. Economic Growth Slows in First Quarter
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by Jing Fu
1w ago
Compared to the fourth quarter of 2023, the U.S. economy grew at a noticeably slower pace in the first quarter of 2024 due to an increase in the trade deficit and weaker inventory investment. But it was still on solid ground supported by consumers, the government, and the housing industry. Meanwhile, the data from the ..read more
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Revised JOLTS Data Show Slowing Job Openings
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by Robert Dietz
2w ago
Due to tightened monetary policy, the count of open jobs for the economy and construction is declining, per the Bureau of Labor Statistics Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS). This is consistent with a somewhat cooler economy, which is a positive sign for future inflation readings. In April, the number of open jobs for ..read more
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Existing Home Sales Recede in April
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by Jing Fu
2w ago
Existing home sales fell for the second straight month in April, after a big monthly drop in March, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Meanwhile, low resale inventory and strong demand continued to drive up existing home prices, marking the tenth consecutive month of year-over-year median sales price gains. Due to elevated interest ..read more
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State Level Employment Situation: April 2024
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by Danushka Nanayakkara-Skillington
2w ago
Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 38 states and the District of Columbia in April compared to the previous month, while 11 states saw a decrease. Alaska reported no change during this time. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nationwide total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 175,000 in April, following a gain of 315,000 jobs ..read more
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Mixed Price Changes for Building Materials in April
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by Jesse Wade
2w ago
Inputs to residential construction, goods less food and energy, increased for the sixth consecutive month, according to the most recent producer price index (PPI) report published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The index for inputs to residential construction, goods less food and energy, represents building materials used in residential construction. The non-seasonally adjusted ..read more
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Mortgage Rates Higher in April
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by Catherine Koh
1M ago
Mortgage rates have increased on a monthly basis, according to data from Freddie Mac. As of end of April 2024, the 30-year FRM – Commitment rate, increased by 17 basis points (bps) to 6.99 percent from 6.82 percent in March. This was a 35 bps increase from the beginning of the year (6.64 percent), and ..read more
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Housing Costs Continue to Drive Price Gains
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by Jing Fu
1M ago
Both overall and core inflation eased slightly in April amid higher costs for gasoline and shelter. On a year-over-year (YOY) basis, the shelter index rose by 5.5% in April, following a 5.7% increase in March. Despite a slowdown in the YOY increase, shelter costs continue to put upward pressure on inflation, accounting for nearly 70 ..read more
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Positive Momentum in Demand, Lending Conditions: Q1 2024 SLOOS
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by Eric Lynch
1M ago
According to the Federal Reserve Board’s April 2024 Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey (SLOOS), lending standards loosened further for all commercial real estate (CRE) loan categories and residential real estate (RRE) categories in the first quarter of 2024.  While the Federal Reserve left the federal funds rate unchanged during their last meeting, demand for RRE and CRE ..read more
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