Volatile early trade sent the major averages into the final hour about even on little economic data. Italy’s banking and finance crisis flared again. China’s economic growth continues to struggle under the weight of growing tariffs.
Trouble with real estate usually manifests first with sharply rising inventory for sale followed by price declines. A normal market features about 6-months of inventory, less than that, prices are rising and over 6-months means prices are falling as a general rule. Another general rule with respect to real estate is that prices fall as mortgage interest rates rise and vice versa. Higher interest rates of late have indeed come with some notable softening of various real estate markets but so far nothing to dramatic. A recent piece on Sonoma county real estate on the Blog Wolf Street noted that inventory for sale had jumped some 50% over the summer but remained very low at just 3.4 months’ supply in September. Based on this level of supply prices should be rising. Yet they started to fall notably beginning in July. While far from a crisis very low inventory for sale and falling prices are remarkable.
Continuing the Make America Great Again theme we find that Trumps foreign policies have changed direct foreign investment in the US to direct foreign disinvestment at -32.6 billion in the second quarter, the first negative figure since Quarter 1, 2014. A dramatic decline from the +254.6 billion seen in the first quarter, per FRED Data.
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