Can “They” Pull It Out?

“They” being the PowersThatBe in the financial universe.  Main focus is on the ChartPack this morning.  Sure, we were entertained by the J. Powell “fed-speak” but the focus on jobs is likely to be a problem since jobs in America will come at the expense (largely) of jobs elsewhere in the world.  Think Asia. We have only a few headlines.  Mainly, this is a time to look at the world and see through the hype …

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Housing Holds – Long in the Tooth?

The good news is the Housing report from Case-Shiller is pretty good: S&P CORELOGIC CASE-SHILLER INDEX REPORTS: 10.4% ANNUAL HOME PRICE GAIN TO END 2020 YEAR-OVER-YEAR The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price NSA Index, covering all nine U.S. census divisions, reported a 10.4% annual gain in December, up from 9.5% in the previous month. The 10-City Composite annual increase came in at 9.8%, up from 8.9% in the previous month. The 20-City Composite …

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Edging Toward “De-Bubbling”

[Reader Note:  Refresh this page at 8:15 AM for Housing data.] We first began to notice this “possible De-Bubbling”  recently in our Aggregate Index charts.  There is a major pause (reverting to “normal?”) going on  in several domains of finance. Cryptos:  Dreams and Demons We have a couple of reasons to be offering (again!) our advice to be extremely leery of digital anything’s.  A CNBC story, for example, noted that BTC had dropped under $50,000 recently.  …

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Markets Set to Falter? Modern Bag-Holders

As our Peoplenomics readers have known for a good while, there has been a small – but larger-than-zero – chance the stock market would end its meteoric rise (on Made-UP-Money) around the President’s weekend. So far, that has evidenced itself by a slow-motion, rolling-top in our Aggregate Index work. While this doesn’t mean “The End” is here – since market’s don’t crash from highs – it does have us looking at the nominal 37-trading/55-calendar day figures …

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ShopTalk: Disaster Redesign and Estimating

There is an old saying – beneficially learned growing up in a racially homogenous community – among Chinese:  Crisis is often accompanied by opportunity. In fact, though I don’t remember the characters for it,  they are similar.  Now, in the wake of the BlizTex21, is a good time to remember this linkage. There are steps and process in disaster recovery.  Taken the right way, major improvements in lifestyle may be achieved.  Ignore, you will end …

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Fixing the World in 3 Deft Moves

A broad look at America’s energy future this morning.  We think a week during which people were in the dark – by the millions – is a pretty good time to relight the discussion about energy. We considered a discussion of how this week was very much like a Grid Hard Down scenario, but thought better of it. Instead, we discuss the interplay of electric and hybrid vehicles and discuss some super-insulated home ideas. First, …

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SatGourmet: Let Us Eat…Cake!

Snow should melt a bit more, today. And in celebration, Looking Outside the Box steps into the kitchen with a lesson in post-storm attitude adjusting! “Now that the powers on .. relax and have some yellow cake Cake 1 yellow cake mix 4 eggs 4 ounces butter 1/2 cup vegetable oil 11 ounces mandarin oranges drained – small can 5 tablespoons flour Frosting 20 ounces can crushed pineapple do not drain – large can 1 package …

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NextTex: Recovery Woes, Life Slows – a “Climate Kill”

Political Control 101: “Never let a Good Crisis Go to Waste.” Something very strange jumped out at us while looking at the AI looking at the news flow:  I think, by-golly, we may just have the first “political climate character assassination” to do a post-mort on. The story, under headlines like “Ted Cruz flew to Mexico as Texans froze in storms” seems to us a rather deft (though possibly daft), of the same sort used as a major factor …

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