Friday, January 29, 2010

More fun with adverbs

Sales of new homes in the US unexpectedly dropped in December, the latest sign that government support is causing swings in the performance of the housing market.

New home sales fell by 7.6 per cent last month after falling by a revised 11.3 per cent in November, commerce department figures showed. Wall Street analysts predicted an increase.

The decline follows disappointing performances for existing home sales and home prices, which dipped after the original expiration date of the first-time homebuyer tax credit. Economists have argued that the credit, which was extended from last November to April, gave housing a false boost and ‘’stole from future demand’’.

“The hangover from the ‘end’ of the first-time homebuyer tax credit continues,” said Ian Shepherdson, chief US economist at High Frequency Economics.

Again with the “unexpectedly”…. again. Gotta hand it to these experts and analysts, though – the fact they are able to stay employed for being as wrong as they continually are is a testament to their raw survival skills.

Want to bet that 7.6% figure gets unexpectedly revised upwards once more data comes rolling in?

Of course, this article confirms what we’ve been bitching about from the beginning: these horrible demand side prop-up programs have distorted the market by spiking the demand curve to the left and have exacerbated an already bad market situation by encouraging bad risks to enter the market and bad risks to stay in the market.


Road Dawg said...

These people are getting ahead of themselves with their agenda. I wish they had awakened more than us T-party bloggers. There is a sleeping giant out there, but so far, it seems to be still snoozing.

Anonymous said...

My friend and I were recently talking about how technology has become so integrated in our day to day lives. Reading this post makes me think back to that discussion we had, and just how inseparable from electronics we have all become.

I don't mean this in a bad way, of course! Societal concerns aside... I just hope that as the price of memory decreases, the possibility of uploading our memories onto a digital medium becomes a true reality. It's one of the things I really wish I could experience in my lifetime.

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