The U.S Economy Is Getting Ready to Crash Again… Are You Prepared?
January 17th, 2014
Six ratios show high risks and an overvalued market
A move to larger cash holdings may not be a bad idea, writes Mark Hulbert.
Starts Plunge 9.8% As Housing Permits Miss By Most In 7 Months
Last month’s record-breaking surge in housing starts has rapidly reversed and fell 9.8% MoM – the biggest drop since April 2013. Despite a plethora of revisions, single unit housing starts tumbled to 610k – the lowest since July. However, permits were dismal (which is what we should be caring about if we are looking ahead at how the ‘recovery’ will play out). Building Permits dropped 3% MoM, far more than expected, missing by the largest gap since June. This was the 3rd biggest monthly drop in total starts since Lehman. However, year-over-year, the data is abysmal – Starts rose at the slowest pace since Aug 2011, and Permits at the slowest pace since April 2011.