We saw the first signs of slowing real estate activity this week. April new home sales dropped 16.6% MoM and home builder surveys show an uptick in cancellations. This slowdown is needed to cool the economy and ease inflation. Rents (aka shelter) is over 40% of the core-CPI index, and we need easing house prices […]
Crypto Executive Order Embraces The Industry
President Biden’s crypto executive order embraces the industry and illustrates how digital assets have become mainstream. It’s surreal to hear “the rise in digital assets creates an opportunity to reinforce American leadership in the global financial system and at the technological frontier…” coming from the White House. The various government departments and agencies are instructed […]
Is the Ukraine invasion a buy trigger?
The question “Is the Ukraine invasion a buy trigger?” does not attempt to make light of the destruction and suffering in Ukrainian. Readers look to The Dispatch for investment observations, not malformed geopolitical ramblings. We shall aim to stick to our knitting even during this unfortunate time. The massive markets reversal on Thursday was a […]
Rents Will Keep Core-Inflation High for Longer
Dispatch #23 – 2021 July 16th, 2021 This week’s Dispatch is going to focus on Inflation, to explain how rising rents will keep core-inflation high for longer. We’ll look at the composition of the CPI basket, what items are most heavily weighted and how price data is diverging from reality. Housing, the largest weight at […]