Behind the Numbers Archive

  • Behind the Numbers - Jul 23, 2021

    Housing is Firming Up - The housing market is beginning to look a little brighter, at least when measured by sales numbers. Existing home sales increased 1.4 percent in June, the first positive activity in...
  • Behind the Numbers - Jul 9, 2021

    Wait. What Just Happened?? - July is supposed to be a quiet month, especially the week after the July 4th holiday. Tell that to the financial markets. The Dow index gyrated in large triple-digit swings while the...
  • Behind the Numbers - Jul 2, 2021

    Goldilocks is Back to Work - Not too hot, not too cold, but just right – sort of. Economists are calling June’s job report a Goldilocks number. The U.S. added 850,000 jobs, 100,000 more than expected. The...
  • Behind the Numbers - Jun 25, 2021

    Higher Prices Overshadowing Higher Inventory - Rising prices and lack of inventory have plagued the housing market for months. Historically low mortgage rates have people lined up to take advantage of the...
  • Behind the Numbers - Jun 18, 2021

    The Shift from Thinking to Talking - Financial markets want to hear what they want, which was clearly obvious this week. The market paid more attention to the dot plot rate projections from FOMC participants than...