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To Russia with Sanctions

Russia Sanctions Russian Economic Sanctions

I have had somewhat of a morbid fascination trying to ascertain the impact of sanctions on the Russian economy and everyday life. Information hasn’t been that easy to come by. The most public evidence that Russia has been holding up comes from still robust revenues from energy exports and the surprising strength of the ruble.

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Labor, Housing, and Fed Policy

It’s becoming even more clear that in order to stifle inflation, the Fed is going to have to induce a recession.

The following chart shows that it takes a recession to stamp out inflation or bring it down even more,

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In Search of Goldilocks

Goldilocks economy

Last week the Fed raised short-term interest rates by 0.75%. This was entirely expected by the market. Given that this was already priced in, it stands to reason that the only source of new information would be what the Fed would communicate in its statement that’s released in conjunction with announcing the interest rate hike along with Chairman Jay Powell’s press conference.

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Divining the Futures

Divining the Futures

I have a great-nephew that is about to turn one in July and he and his parents, my niece and her husband, live in the Bay Area. They came down to Orange County to stay with their parents (my sister-in-law and brother-in-law)  for Father’s Day weekend.

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Housing Economic Dependency: A Tale of Two Countries

I have always been fascinated by economic cycles. What I have learned over the years is that financial excesses that reverse into fear and revulsion are often catalysts for economic downturns. Real estate, commercial and/or residential, are often culprits because they are assets that can be leveraged which can magnify returns as well as often being influenced by tax advantages which can stimulate demand beyond its longer-term trend.

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Off Target

manufacturers the Fed inflation off target Jay Powell

Last week was brutal for retailers as major earnings announcements showed how they have been hit very hard by huge cost increases. Wal-Mart started the week off shocking the market with its very weak earnings outlook and then there was Target.

Target shares sink 25% after company says high costs, inventory woes hit profits

Its stock price got absolutely crushed in the wake of its results being released.

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Health Hack Habits

Last week was very busy as I was in Austin for most of it to attend and present at our first company national meeting since 2019. The trip also included participating in two advisory board meetings. In order to meet my weekly blog commitment,

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Re-Energized

Energy

A little over six months ago I wrote about what was for a long time a disastrous investment that I made in a coal company that I purchased prior to Covid and subsequently dropped 80%. The post discussed many of the compelling reasons to hang on to the company because coal producers were extremely well-positioned to capitalize on very favorable supply/demand fundamentals.

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This Space Is Getting Hot

Hot interest rates

There are things you can replace

And others you cannot

The time has come to weigh those things

This space is gettin’ hot

You know this space is gettin’

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Random Real Estate Musings Trends and Topics

Real Estate Mortgage increase

At CWS we have been heavily focused on growth-oriented markets that have large in-migration due to a competitive cost of living, high quality of life, and pro-business environment. This has led us to be heavily concentrated in metro areas such as Austin,

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