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New-Home Sales Building Momentum As Entry-Level Buyers Re-engage in Homebuying

    Follow us:  Research Brief April 2017 HOUSING Developing Trends ■ The annual uptick in existing-home sales was driven by trading among higher-end homes as the inventory of affordable listings remained tight. The slowdown in sales of lower-cost properties presents challenges to first-time homebuyers, channeling many to new builds. Though developers face cost issues in […]

Fed Raises Rates Toward Normalization; Rising Confidence in Expansion is Key

    Follow us: Research Brief March 2017 FEDERAL RESERVE Developing Trends ■ At least two more rate increases were signaled by the Fed for the remainder of 2017. Strong confidence combined with rising fiscal stimulus and tax cuts, however, could spark faster economic expansion and cause the Fed to become more aggressive with rate […]

Retail Sales Boosted by Three Significant Trends; Some Retail Components Falling Behind

  Follow us:  Research Brief March 2017 RETAIL SALES Developing Trends ■ Utilizing omnichannel approaches, both Ulta Beauty and Dick’s Sporting Goods recently announced strong sales growth and expansions. Ulta Beauty is planning 100 new locations over the coming year, highlighting strong demand at health and personal care outlets. Category sales rose 6.1 percent over […]

Payroll Growth Drives Property Performance; Some Uncertainty as Investors Await Tax Plan

  Follow us:  Research Brief March 2017 EMPLOYMENT Developing Trends ■ Last month, employers created 235,000 jobs. Goods-producing sectors made a notable contribution to the total, adding 95,000 positions. Construction firms added workers, but natural resources and mining establishments also expanded payrolls for the fourth consecutive month as activity in the energy sector increased. ■ […]