15 November 2010

Economics Update

The good news is that foreclosures fell in October, the bad news is that this was just temporary, as the banks paper over their fraudulent, and likely criminal, behavior.

An better indicator of the indicator of the health of the housing market right now is house prices, which fell 5% in the three months ending in October.

Outside of real estate though, the numbers look better, with retail sales rising significantly and credit card card defaults falling, though one month does not a trend make, particularly with sales numbers being driven by volatile auto, food, and fuel sales.

On the other side of the Pacific though, things are looking up as the South Korean central bank boosted its benchmark rate by 25 Basis Points (¼%), implying that they are now more worried about their economy overheating than about a double dip recession.


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