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Mainstream Media Gets It Wrong- In Coincidental Truth Telling, NAR PR Shows House Market Strengthening

NAR data for May confirms earlier data from CoreLogic, Dataquick, and Department of Numbers.com that housing prices continued to make new 12 month highs in May and that, contrary to the mainstream media portrayal, the housing rebound is not “uneven” or slowing in any way. Below is the full unexpurgated PR from the NAR. While…

Cost to Raise a Child: Around $300,000, Not Including College – Say Goodnight, Gracie

The U.S. Department of Agriculture prepares an annual report about families’ expenditures on children for use in developing state child-support and foster-care guidelines. Annual child-rearing expense estimates ranged between $12,290 and $14,320 for a child in a two-child, married-couple family in the middle-income group, which is defined as a before-tax income between $59,410 and $102,870.…

Lots of Conomic Data Releases, All Of Them Misleading

There’s been lots of conomic data over the past couple of days. I covered the NAHB builder survey yesterday. Regardless of the fact that the housing market is at pathetic levels historically, the builder data showed the rebound off the lows to be on track. Today, the government released data on housing starts to add…

It’s That Time of The Month, Employment Data Leads To Investment Mood Syndrome

Every month the gummit’s Bureau of Liar Statistics (BLS) dutifully reports reams and reams of data on the employment situation in the US. Some of it is actually useful. The rest is reported by the mainstream financial news media. The BLS reports both seasonally adjusted (SA) data and not seasonally adjusted  (NSA) data. The NSA…

Retail Sales Reports Give Me Gas

It just doesn’t get any more bullish than today’s retail sales report. Or so you would think if you only read the mainstream media reports. “More spending at online stores such as Amazon and electronics and applicance stores boosted retail sales by 0.5% in October, following a strong 1.1% surge in September,” shouted Marketwatch. “Retail…