Category Archives: Industry News

The Quarter in Brief

As a new quarter begins, we look back on an eventful second quarter for households and investors – a quarter in which the economy took a mighty hit, while the stock market soared. Complying with stay-at-home orders, Americans abruptly cut back on discretionary spending, traveling, and commuting, resulting in a dire scenario for some industries…. Continue Reading →

Real Estate

Mortgages grew cheaper as declining inflation pressure influenced long-term interest rates. The average interest on a 30-year, fixed-rate home loan fell to a historic low of 3.13%, as reported in Freddie Mac’s June 18 Primary Mortgage Market Survey. That was where it remained in the last PMMS of the quarter, released on June 25. The… Continue Reading →

World Economic Health

During April, the International Monetary Fund forecast the global economy to shrink by 3.0% in 2020. In June, it estimated the economic damage would be worse. The IMF’s chief economist, Gita Gopinath, termed the coronavirus pandemic a crisis “unlike anything the world has seen before,” one that could send both developed and emerging economies simultaneously… Continue Reading →