Must Read: The 30 year mortgage is back below 4%, after topping out near 5% late in 2018. Look for this nearly-20% decrease to provide a tailwind to the languishing housing market. See Also: Homebuilder stocks are near 7-month highs. And: Falling rates coupled with more inventory could lead to a buyer’s market.
Dismal Science: Economists are really, really awful at spotting recessions before they happen for reasons ranging from complexity to group-think, to a lack of skin-in-the-game.
Lowering the Bar: Today’s yield curve inversion seems to be occurring more in expectation of a dovish Federal Reserve than in projection of an economic downturn.
Rebound: Self storage rents are showing signs of improvement after a relatively weak 2018 as new supply gets absorbed.
Reason for Concern: European bankers are becoming reluctant to lend against real estate assets where WeWork makes up a substantial portion of the cash flow.
Coming Wave? Interest rates (and mortgage rates) are dropping right as some very large and high-profile IPOs are approaching. This could be the perfect storm for some high-end real estate markets.
Clearinghouse: Tech companies are increasingly getting into the business of buying and selling houses and the role that they play looks an awful lot like that of a traditional market maker.
Bottoms Up: Consumers spend approximately $45 billion a year shopping drunk. (h/t Doug Jorritsma)
Is Someone Cutting Onions? A family rescued a dog from certain death when he was wandering on the side of a Texas highway as a stray. Years later, he repaid them by saved their lives in a shooting. We simply do not deserve dogs.
Insane: Parents in New York are enduring insane admissions processes and spending up to $50,000 on preschool because they think that it will give their kids a leg up. See Also: The reason that some people making $500k in expensive regions feel like they are just scraping by has everything to do with keeping up with the Jones’.
Lost Decade: The last time a decade went by without the New York Yankees making at least one World Series appearance was 1910. That streak could be broken this year.
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The Hero We Need: An anti-vegan protester was arrested for eating a dead squirrel in front of a group of vegans. Looks like Time has a front-runner for its annual Man of the Year award.
Dirty Minds: Here’s a list of the funniest vanity plates that the California DMV reviewed (and mostly rejected) last year. (h/t Steve Sims)
Exotic Pets: An illegally kept pet zebra was shot and killed after it escaped from its enclosure because Florida. I’m just surprised that it wasn’t eaten by a Burmese Python first.
Innocent! An Australian appeals court ruled that flatulence in the workplace is not a form of bullying. Which is great news for those of you stuck in a hellish open office and attempting to establish and maintain air superiority.
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