January 20, 2016

Stocks (and Energy Prices) Look For a Bottom; Is it “Time to Be Greedy” Yet?

Obama Exits, Stage Right Left As the 2016 stock market rout deepens (the Dow is down over 400 pts. so far this am), shell-shocked investors are all wondering:  when will the pain stop? Unfortunately, it’s not clear to me that it will be anytime soon. That’s because markets hate uncertainty, and the biggest uncertainty hovering...
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Fracking’s Loss = Housing’s Gain (Specifically, New Construction)

Back from North Dakota One of the biggest constraints on new construction the last several years has been a shortage of skilled labor. Thanks to the fracking boom, thousands of workers once employed in home construction decamped for greener (blacker?) pastures elsewhere. With the now-accelerating bust in energy prices, that exodus might now reasonably be...
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