Behind the Numbers Archive

  • Behind the Numbers - Aug 23, 2019

    Falling Rates Push Housing Up - Falling mortgage rates may finally be lending a boost to the housing market. While mortgage applications have been disproportionately higher for refinancing, purchase...
  • Behind the Numbers - Aug 16, 2019

    See-Sawing into Recession - From last week to this week, it feels like we have been on a see-saw that we can’t get off. Who can forget last week’s one day rout in the financial markets? Three central banks cut...
  • Behind the Numbers - Aug 2, 2019

    Fed Cuts, Fed Cuts... - It has been 11 years since I have written and you have read those words. These are not the words anyone expected to hear even just six months ago. But expectations can...
  • Behind the Numbers - Jul 26, 2019

    GDP - Strength within the Weakness - The economy grew more than most economists expected in the second quarter, yet at a slower pace than in the first quarter. Economic growth expanded 2.1 percent between April and June...
  • Behind the Numbers - Jul 19, 2019

    Can't Keep the Consumer Down - So much for taking the consumer out of the economic equation. Retail sales rose 0.4 percent in June, double expectations. This was the fourth increase in a row, making this...