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Portland Futures, Rates Continue Downward Trend, BLS Job Reports, Yield Curve Flattening
Market Trends 07 December 2018

Portland Futures, Rates Continue Downward Trend, BLS Job Reports, Yield Curve Flattening

The Portland Diamond Project has signed a letter of intent with the Port of Portland to construct a baseball stadium at Terminal 2 in the NW Industrial waterfront area. This agreement allows them to negotiate the…

Price of a Thanksgiving Meal, Mortgage Rates Decline, Fed Update
Market Trends 30 November 2018

Price of a Thanksgiving Meal, Mortgage Rates Decline, Fed Update

According to the American Farm Bureau, the price of a Thanksgiving meal is down $0.75 this year to $49.12. Shoppers in 37 states scoured grocers in search of affordable Thanksgiving meals that included Turkey, pie, frozen…

Alibaba & the $31B Day, Rates Improve Despite Inflation, Low Delinquency Rates
16 November 2018

Alibaba & the $31B Day, Rates Improve Despite Inflation, Low Delinquency Rates

E-Commerce - In Beijing I spent time with a fellow Grinnell alumni from Nanjing. Both recent fathers we discussed raising children and he pointed to the services in China as a reason for living there instead of…

Do Elections Impact Rates? Fed Talk, Inflation, Appreciation
Market Trends 09 November 2018

Do Elections Impact Rates? Fed Talk, Inflation, Appreciation

Do elections influence mortgage rates? This midterm they did not. The major outcomes were consistent with polls and investors did not rush to change positions afterword. Mortgage Backed Securities (MBS) are currently priced where they were on…

Paranormal Profits, Strong Jobs Report, Wage Inflation, Appreciation Figures
Market Trends 02 November 2018

Paranormal Profits, Strong Jobs Report, Wage Inflation, Appreciation Figures

Halloween Film$: it's the time of year when my Insta feed is saturated with horror movie ads. I'm not a horror buff but I do enjoy our annual family screening of "The Nightmare Before Christmas." This Planet Money Podcast helped me finally…

Stocks and the 10 Year US Treasury Dip, Rates Cool, China Real Estate and Infrastructure
Market Trends 26 October 2018

Stocks and the 10 Year US Treasury Dip, Rates Cool, China Real Estate and Infrastructure

Beijing: I spent the last two weeks in China with my in-laws. In addition to a spectacular tour of 7 cities we visited their ancestral hometown in Kunming and were hosted by 30 family members (they still…

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