Trade concerns affect interest rates

The Economic and Housing Markets

June 22, 2017 : Trade concerns affect interest rates

This week’s Markets In A Minute fills us in on how trade concerns affect interest rates, jobless claims, new home builder stats and more.

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The Economy

  • Tariffs imposed by President Trump have elicited retaliation from countries around the globe. Trade concerns affect interest rates in a positive way by keeping them steady.
  • Fed Chair Powell recently confirmed the case for continuing to raise interest rates remains “strong.” He cited solid economic growth and full employment.
  • Jobless claims have fallen for the 4th straight week. Employers are increasingly reporting labor shortages, which are likely to lead to wage growth and inflation



Housing news by Laura Borja

  • Home builders are excited by strong demand for housing. However, they are frustrated with labor shortages and rising costs for lumber.
  • New housing starts surged to an 11-year high of 1.35 million in May. Both single-family and multi-family home construction increased.
  • Existing home sales fell last month, as a shortage of properties pushed prices to a record high. At May’s sales pace, unsold inventory is at a 4.1-month supply.



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