James Pethokoukis

Unemployment rate skewing U.S. politics

October 12, 2010

Between the House passing the China currency bill (and I think the Senate may as well) and various politicians pushing for a foreclosure moratorium, one has to wonder what sort of politics/policy another year of 9-10% unemployment will generate. I am guessing China will finally emerge as the new bipartisan big bad for U.S. politics (more for economic than military reasons), while  there will probably a flurry of new housing ideas like this one proposed by economist Glenn Hubbard.

The state of the housing market … at this very moment!

July 29, 2009

A housing bottom is not a boom. My guy Ed Yardeni sums things up nicely (bold is mine):

Housing bottoming?

June 24, 2009

From RDQ Economics:

New and existing home sales, housing starts, building permits, and homebuilder sentiment all appear consistent with the picture of a bottoming out in housing activity, albeit at very low levels.  It seems likely that the drag from housing on GDP growth in the second half of the year will be significantly smaller than the average subtraction of 1.0% point per quarter over the last three years.