The U.S. average interest rate on a fixed-rate, 30-year mortgage reached 7.08 percent during the week ended 28 October, according to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac).
Category: TRENDS ON THE U.S. ECONOMIC FRONT – Nov 1 2022
HIGH RENTS CHILL APARTMENT DEMAND
Third-quarter demand for U.S. apartments sank to a 13-year low after rental rates rose 25 percent over the past two years, according to rental website Apartment List.
DISTRESSED CORPORATE DEBT RISES. WILL A DEFAULT WAVE FOLLOW?
The number of corporations with bonded debt regarded as “distressed”—a sign that the companies are moving toward default—is the largest since September 2020.
THIRD-QUARTER GROWTH FAILS TO EASE RECESSION FEARS
During the first six months of this year, Americans spent lavishly on imports, while U.S. exports remained modest.
U.S. ECONOMY GREW IN REAL TERMS IN THIRD QUARTER
Adjusted for inflation, the U.S. GDP grew 2.6 percent in this year’s third quarter, after shrinking during the year’s first half.
WAGES, PRICES CONTINUED TO SPIRAL UPWARD IN SEPTEMBER
In September, the Personal Consumption Expenditures Price Index—the U.S. Federal Reserve’s preferred gauge of inflation—rose at 6.2 percent, year on year.
BIG TECH’S REALLY BAD WEEK
Investors chopped $566 billion from the collective market value of Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Meta, and Microsoft last week as interest rates and rising costs foreshadowed slowing growth and weaker performances.
ECONOMIC UPDATE – MARKET OVERVIEW
There was no October surprise on the equity market front, in fact, quite the opposite.
SPOTLIGHT: WORLD ENERGY MARKETS IN FLUX
A looming shortage of liquefied natural gas (LNG) worldwide and a reduction in output by OPEC+ have thrust the world into "the first truly global energy crisis", Fatih Birol, executive director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in a 25 October speech during the Singapore International Energy Week.