The New U.S. Oil Bottleneck

April 7th, 2014
in commodities, trade data, transport

Storage Glut Moving from Cushing to Gulf Coast

by EconMatters,

As Cushing supplies decline due to increased logistic options out of the storage hub in the Midwest PADD 2 in Cushing, Oklahoma inventories are rising to elevated levels in the Gulf Coast which eventually will provide the bottleneck and back up oil flows all along the supply and logistics chain.

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Mtg purchase apps, New Home Sales, Durable goods orders still not performing

by Warren Mosler

MBA Purchase Applications


Mortgage purchase applications rose 3.0 percent in the March 21 week but failed to lift the year-on-year rate which is down a very sharp 17.0 percent. The year-on-year rate is a reminder of how important cash buyers are right now in the housing market and also a reminder that mortgage rates this year are less favorable than this time last year. The refinance index fell 8.0 percent in the week. Rates rose in the week with the average 30-year mortgage for conforming loans ($417,500 or less) up 6 basis points to 4.56 percent.

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To QE Infinity and Beyond

April 6th, 2014
in aa syndication, history, gdp

Age of Wisdom, Age of Foolishness (20)

Written by ,

“That’s not ‘Tapering’, it’s ‘Easing’ with style.” (Richard ‘Woody’ Fisher)

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Initial Claims On Trend, But Way Behind Stock Prices

April 6th, 2014
in employment

by Lee Adler, Wall Street Examiner

Today’s report on first time unemployment claims was a nothing-burger. It was a worse report than usual for this week of the year, but the year to year change was right in line. Whether this week’s poor showing versus the same week last year and the 10 year average is a canary in the coal mine, or just random noise, is too soon to know. Looking at the Federal withholding tax collections for last week, it looks like noise. Withholding remains extremely strong (as reported in the Wall Street Examiner Professional Edition).

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Is there No Income Inequality?

Written by  with Significant Contribution by John Lounsbury

During the past week, there has been a few more posts on income inequality. The most notable to me:

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