Only “Number Jesters” report 2Q economic growth at 4% pace

4 factors weighing down housing in the second half of 2014

Will housing collapse?

Altos: Critics wrong about housing, it’s going to soar

2015 will see notable price appreciation
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Here’s why the week ahead will make or break housing and the economy

FOMC, initial 2Q GDP and jobs report will put the stamp on 2014
July 28, 2014
The best directions in the world won't help you get somewhere if you don't know where you are standing. We could do without the media spin on the economy and housing.
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IMF forecasts interest rates lower than Fed's estimates

Rate path well below Fed's median rates
July 23, 2014
The Federal Reserve will be able to hike rates gradually given the slack in the labor market and continued low inflation, with the first rake higher likely to come in midsummer of 2015, according to the International Monetary Fund.
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Fed Board now required to have one community banker

Senate amendment reserves one seat for community banks
July 17, 2014
The amendment states, “In selecting members of the Board, the President shall appoint at least 1 member with demonstrated primary experience working in or supervising community banks having less than $10,000,000,000 in total assets.”
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Round 2: Yellen testifies on monetary policy report again

Same defense, different accusers
July 16, 2014
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen went through round two in speaking about the Fed’s Monetary Policy Report, this time sitting before the House Financial Services Committee.
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Beige Book: Reports on housing are decidedly mixed

Some districts report lower home sales; home prices are rising
July 16, 2014
Since the last Beige Book, the Boston, New York and St. Louis districts reported home sales were below year-ago levels, while Chicago noted a decrease in home sales since the last survey period. Home sales in other districts remained steady or increased.
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NAHB joins NAR in reporting "good news" about housing "recovery"

I guess the housing recovery is real after all...not
July 16, 2014
While I could make a case that no one wants to see the housing industry get back on a firm foundation more than yours truly, there is too much evidence mounting that the overall housing market is headed for another downturn.
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Yellen: Economy uncertain, housing disappoints, and rate hikes are coming

Fed Chair sees little progress in housing metrics
July 15, 2014
The Federal Reserve may look at raising interest rates sooner than initially forecast, and Fed Chair Janet Yellen stressed again that there is considerable uncertainty about the nation’s economic outlook, and that the housing and housing finance industries continue to be troubled.
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Here's why mortgage rates didn't rise in 2014

Fed's QE has a lot of negative side effects
July 15, 2014
Most analysts and economists expected that mortgage rates would rise after the Federal Reserve indicated it would taper its purchase of mortgage-backed securities through its quantitative easing program, and rates did creep up last summer, but since then they’ve largely been flat.
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3 reasons investors bet big on housing

Nowhere left to fall
July 14, 2014
Despite a laundry list of factors that are behind a sluggish housing market, investors remain optimistic on the housing market for three distinct reasons.
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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Housing hangs in the balance

2014: Bust or banner year for housing?
July 14, 2014
Housing is at a crossroads, with some saying the industry has nowhere to go but up and that all the signs are there for a self-sustaining breakout, while others say it’s on life support and not every twitch is a sign the patient is coming out of a coma. This week will tell us what’s left for the rest of 2014.
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