Construction spending for the second quarter is off to a slow start as judged by housing starts.

Mortgage News Daily reports Construction Indicators Slide, Housing Starts Suffer.

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India Bans Gold Exports “Without a Valid Reason” [0.02]

Posted on Aug. 16, 2017, 9:26 a.m. by MishTalk @ [source]

In addition to its crackdown on cash, India stepped up its attack on gold. India does that in a roundabout way, by cracking down on exports.

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Every quarter, the New York Fed publishes a report on Household Debt and Credit.

The report shows serious credit card delinquencies rose for the third consecutive quarter, a trend not seen since 2009.

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July export prices rose 0.4% vs a 0.1% rise in import prices. Import prices in July posted an as-expected 0.1 percent increase as petroleum was up 0.7 percent in the month.

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The Keynesian economists and the monetarists at the Fed are singing a happy tune today as retail sales bounced 0.6 percent vs the Econoday consensus estimate of 0.3%.

The revisions help explain 2nd quarter GDP numbers, but now economists will likely revise the second quarter up.

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Fed Chair Janet Yellen keeps citing consumer confidence and jobs as reasons consumer spending and inflation will pick up.

Curiously, the New York Fed Survey on Consumer Spending Expectations keeps trending lower and lower, despite survey-high expectations for wage growth.

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Here’s one that came my way earlier today although the report was from January: New York Fed Chief Dudley has an Idea — Homeowners Should Tap Into Equity.

New York Fed President William Dudley on Tuesday encouraged homeowners to find “prudent” ways to tap into the equity that has built up in the homes, saying the boost in consumption would be a welcome shot-in-the-arm to the economy.

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Robots are taking our jobs says the Brookings Institute.

Robots, it turns out, are congregating densely in some places but are hardly found in others.

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Ian Narev, the CEO of Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA), the nation’s largest bank is set to step down amid money laundering charges.

Commonwealth Bank of Australia Chief Executive Officer Ian Narev will step down by the end of June 2018 as the nation’s largest lender seeks to mitigate the fallout from a money-laundering scandal.

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President Donald Trump is ready to launch a new trade crackdown on China next week according to a Trump administration official.

Deutsche Welle reports US President Donald Trump ponders trade war with China.

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JCPenney announced a $62 million dollar loss for the quarter.

Please consider JCPenney Nosedives to All-Time Low on Big Loss.

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For the first time in a long time, CME Fedwatch shows the odds of a rate cut in December rose considerably above zero.

Yes, that’s a long shot, but cut odds were zero on Thursday, zero a week ago, and zero a month ago.

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Dear President Trump, forgive my harsh language, but since you and your staff can use harsh language, why can’t anyone else?

Dear President Trump, here are some additional questions that I am sure are on the minds of nearly everyone familiar with the story.

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Robocar testing in Silicon Valley is underway. Wired reports GM’S Robocar Service Drives Employees Around SF for Free.

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The CPI rose 0.1% in July vs an Econoday consensus estimate of 0.2%. On the plus side, apparel prices, which had been on a long negative streak, rose 0.3 percent though the year-on-year rate remains in the negative camp at minus 0.4 percent.

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Shall we play a game?

Let’s play global thermonuclear war.

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Oh that “Elusive” Inflation! [0.09]

Posted on Aug. 11, 2017, 2:22 a.m. by MishTalk @ [source]

New York Fed President, William Dudley, says 2% inflation target will remain elusive even if price pressures pick up.

Inflation is not likely to reach the Federal Reserve’s 2% annual target this year even if monthly data begins to pick up as expected, said William Dudley, president of the New York Fed, on Thursday.

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With the threat of nuclear war with North Korea looming, inquiring minds may be wondering what that threat is currently worth.

What’s the Threat of Nuclear War Worth?

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Producer Prices Unexpectedly Decline [-0.05]

Posted on Aug. 10, 2017, 5:20 p.m. by MishTalk @ [source]

The Producer Price Index (PPI) for final goods unexpectedly declined in July.

Lack of inflation has been the issue this year but July’s producer price report raises new concerns, that is disinflation.

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The BLS report on preliminary Productivity and Costs, Second Quarter 2017 shows nonfarm business productivity increased 0.9 percent during the second quarter of 2017. Rather, the BLS uses Owners Equivalent Rent (OER) as a substitute for home prices.

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