Posts Tagged ‘unemployment’

All U.S. Banks Pass Stress Tests

Posted on June 23, 2017 by Laura Lam

For the second year in a row, all of the nation’s largest financial institutions passed their stress tests, meaning each company has enough capital on hand to survive a “severe recession.”  On Thursday, the Federal Reserve announced the results of the annual stress testing, which showed that all 34 participating financial institutions are adequately capitalized and could withstand another economic downturn. “The nation’s largest bank holding companies have strong capital levels and retain their ability to lend to households and businesses during a severe recession,” the Fed stated. “This year’s results show that, even during a severe recession, our large banks…

Is the New Household Debt Record Cause for Concern?

Posted on June 14, 2017 by Laura Lam

Last month, the New York Federal Reserve reported that household debt across the nation has hit a dubious milestone in the first quarter: It surpassed the peak debt level of 2008 at $12.7 trillion. Household debt — including mortgages, auto and student loans, and credit cards — rose $149 billion compared with the last quarter of 2016, with nearly all the gain coming from mortgages. Reaching the peak raises questions about whether the backdrop exists again for another financial meltdown.  But the data show the current structure of debt is substantially different from 2008. According to a research officer at…

New Home Sales Less Than Half of Historical Norms

Posted on June 13, 2017 by Laura Lam

The current level makes up 88.3% of the 50-year average, according to a report from Trulia. However, new home sales are unable to keep up with the rate of total sales.  How many new home sales do we need for the market to look normal?  According to Trulia Chief Economist Ralph McLaughlin, if we compare the share of new home sales to total sales, that share needs to more than double.  “In April, new home sales made up about 11.9% of all home sales, which is less than half of the historical average of 23.6%,” McLaughlin said. However other experts explain…

Beige Book: Slower Growth, Less Optimism

Posted on June 09, 2017 by Laura Lam

Economic growth slowed across parts of the U.S. in recent weeks, and some firms have become a bit less optimistic about the future, according to a new report from the Federal Reserve.  “A majority of districts reported that firms expressed positive near-term outlooks; however, optimism waned somewhat in a few districts,” the Fed said in its latest Beige Book report. Broadly, the Fed said economic growth was modest in 7 districts, moderate in 4 districts and “flattened out” in the New York Fed district. The prior beige book said activity expanded in all 12 regions with the pace equally split…

73% of Americans Have Financial Regrets

Posted on June 06, 2017 by Laura Lam

Nearly 3-in-4 U.S. adults have financial regrets, according to a new Bankrate.com report. The most common is not saving for retirement early enough, followed by not saving enough for emergency expenses and taking on too much credit card debt. Taking on too much student loan debt is fourth, however, it tops the list among older millennials (27-36 year-olds). Fifth overall is not saving enough for your children’s education and sixth is buying more house than you could afford. Baby Boomers are the most likely to regret not saving for retirement earlier; remorse over this issue grows steadily from age 18-62. It’s…

Home Prices Not Back To Pre-Crisis Levels

Posted on June 05, 2017 by Laura Lam

Home prices increase a little more each month, even hitting new peaks in many markets, yet experts insist they are not back at bubble-era levels.  The most recent Case-Shiller results show home prices rose 5.8% from last year to the highest pace in 33 months.  Black Knight also released its Home Price Index Report, showing home prices rose to a median $272,000 in March. This represents a new peak in home prices, and a rise of 2.3% from the start of the year. In fact, the chart from Calculated Risks shows home prices are nearing, if not level with, pre-crisis peaks, according to different measures of home…

What to Buy in June

Posted on June 02, 2017 by Laura Lam

Warm weather, wedding season, and hurricane season all bring discounts in June. Consumers will also find continuing sales on some items that were good deals in May. Here’s a look at the best things to buy this month from Cheapism.com. Tropical Vacation – June signals the onset of hurricane season and sweltering temperatures in the Caribbean. For travelers willing to take their chances with the weather, this is the perfect time to scoop up deals on cruises and tropical vacation packages, especially for last-minute bookings. Alaskan Cruise – Mid-June marks the end of the off-season for travel to Alaska, a popular summer…

The Top 10 Careers for First-Time Home Buyers

Posted on May 26, 2017 by Laura Lam

Although home prices continue to rise, one degree stands above the rest as being the best for those who wish to buy at home closer to the start of their career.  Of the top 26 degrees that would allow graduates to purchase a home in four years, 22 of them involve engineering, according to a recent study from Realtor.com.  The top degree enables buyers to purchase a home within 2.5 years of graduation. “When it comes to homeownership, degrees in engineering really pay off,” realtor.com Senior Economist Joe Kirchner said. “It shows just how powerful a high starting salary can…

Mortgage Delinquencies Hit 8-Year High In April

Posted on May 25, 2017 by Laura Lam

The delinquency rate on first-lien mortgages (30 days or more past due) stood at 4.08% as of the end of April – an increase of 12.93% compared with March but a decrease of 3.58% in April 2016, according to Black Knight Financial Services’ First Look report.  It was the largest monthly increase in the mortgage delinquency rate in more than 8 years, the company says. However, Black Knight notes that the increase was primarily calendar-driven due to both the month ending on a Sunday and March being the typical calendar-year low and largely isolated to early-stage delinquencies.  As of the end…

Household Debt Hits New Record

Posted on May 23, 2017 by Laura Lam

Household debt is topping its 2008 peak prior to the housing crash. Total household debt has risen to $12.73 trillion in the first quarter, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York reported last week. However, Americans are handling their debt—mortgages, credit cards, auto loans, and other forms of borrowing – much better, the report shows.  Americans were delinquent on 4.8% of total debt in the first quarter. For comparison, at the end of 2009, 11.9% of consumers were delinquent on their debt by at least 30 days. The increase in household debt may indicate that more Americans are confident about…