Posted by WARREN MOSLER on August 18th, 2010
- ABC survey improved by 2pts this week, and 5pts over past 2 weeks; Still in range of past 2yrs.
- MBA refi index up 17.1% this week
New Purchase index down a tad but remains reasonably flat after correcting when the home buying credit expired.
Yesterday, Minny Fed President Kocherlakota talked about last week’s FOMC:
“The FOMC’s decision has had a larger impact on financial markets than I would have anticipated. My own interpretation is that the FOMC action led investors to believe that the economic situation in the United States was worse than they, the investors, had imagined. In my view, this reaction is unwarranted. I would say that there is no new information about the current state of the economy to be learned from the FOMC’s actions or its statement.”
Agreed. Q2 earnings good with Q2 gdp probably around 1%. Q3 GDP estimates still around 2.5% should be good further support earnings.
Modest growth not enough to bring down unemployment for a while, good for stocks however.
This was my interpretation but nice to hear an FOMC member say so.
And this from page 1 of today’s FT:
Call centre workers are becoming as cheap to hire in the US as they are in India, according to the head of the country’s largest business process outsourcing company.
All above reasonably positive news…..
Yes, for stocks.
But not if you are a call center worker, or anyone else looking for a job…