Preliminary March 2014 Michigan Consumer Sentiment Falls Short of Expectations

by Doug Short, Advisor Perspectives/ The University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment preliminary number for March came in at 79.9, a decline from the 81.6 February final. Today’s reading was below the forecast of 82.0. The index is off its 85.1 interim high set in July of last year.

Why Housing Markets Are Heading South (Again)

Written by Keith Jurow, Capital Preservation Real Estate Report Demand for Houses by Non-Investors is Weakening In previous articles over the past two years, I have emphasized that a rising percentage of home buying has come from all-cash investors.  I argued that this was not a sign of a housing recovery.  Rather, it showed that …

Endangered Species, Private Property, and the American Bison

by Benjamin M. Wiegold, The political debate over what should be done about endangered species seems to be continuing without end. Calls are already emerging this year to place a multitude of species on the endangered list, including the emperor penguin, the Arizona toad, the African lion, as well as many others.

The Quiet American

Age of Wisdom, Age of Foolishness (16) Written by Adam Whitehead, “I never knew a man who had better motives for all the trouble he caused.” ― Graham Greene, The Quiet American

Final February 2014 Michigan Consumer Sentiment Modest Increase Despite Weather

by Doug Short, Advisor Perspectives/ Despite an unseasonably cold winter that has dinged some economic indicators, the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment final number for February came in at 81.6, a bit stronger than the 81.2 January final. Today’s reading fractionally beat the forecast of 81.3. The index is off its 85.1 interim high set …