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February 4, 2013

Latest Posts from Economist's View


Latest Posts from Economist's View


Posted: 27 Jan 2013 12:06 AM PST
Posted: 26 Jan 2013 12:21 PM PST
Robert Shiller says caution is in order in housing markets:
A New Housing Boom? Don't Count on It, by Robert Shiller, Commentary, NY Times: We're beginning to hear noises that we've reached a major turning point in the housing market — and that, with interest rates so low, this is a rare opportunity to buy. But are such observations on target?
It would be comforting if they were. Yet the unfortunate truth is that the tea leaves don't clearly suggest any particular path for prices, either up or down..., any short-run increase in inflation-adjusted home prices has been virtually worthless as an indicator of where home prices will be going over the next five or more years. ...
The bottom line for potential home buyers or sellers is probably this: Don't do anything dramatic or difficult. There is too much uncertainty... If you have personal reasons for getting into or out of the housing market, go ahead. Otherwise, don't stay up worrying about home prices any more than you do about stock prices. ...
Posted: 26 Jan 2013 11:14 AM PST
Brad DeLong argues:
We have real problems. We don't need to stop ourselves from dealing with our real problems out of fear of the invisible bond market vigilantes.

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