PHONE: 414-223-1099 TOLL-FREE: 1-800-236-1096
SEND US A QUESTION OR COMMENT FOR OUR NEXT SHOW

Money Talk Podcast, Friday Aug. 24, 2018

Play

 

Landaas & Company newsletter  August edition now available.

Advisors on This Week’s Show

BOB LANDAAS

BRIAN KILB

KYLE TETTING

STEVE GILES

(with Max Hoelzl and Joel Dresang)

Week in Review (Aug. 20-24, 2018)

SIGNIFICANT ECONOMIC INDICATORS & REPORTS

Monday

No significant releases.

Tuesday

No significant releases.

Wednesday

Existing home sales for July decreased 0.7% to an annual pace of 5.34 million, making it the fourth decline in a row. Sales were 1.5% below the year-earlier pace and have fallen for five straight months. The National Association of Realtors blamed increased home prices for reducing demand. The median selling price was $269,600, up 4.5% from July 2017.

Thursday

According to the Commerce Department, new home sales decreased in July by 1.7% to 627,000 units, which is the second decline in a row and the slowest pace since October. Inventory was the highest it’s been since August 2017, representing a supply of 5.9 months’ worth, but still suggesting a shortage. The median sales price of new houses sold in July was $394,300, up 1.8% year-to-year.

new homes for sale July 2018

The four-week moving average for initial unemployment insurance claims was down for the sixth time in seven weeks at 213,750, nearing the 48-year low set in May. The measure remains 40% below the 51-year average, which it has been below every week since early 2013, according to Labor Department data. The low level of jobless claims is strong evidence that employers are reluctant to let workers go during a tight labor market.

Friday

Manufacturer orders for durable goods declined in July for the third time in four months. The Commerce Department said a drop in commercial aircraft orders led the setback. Excluding the volatile transportation category, orders rose for the sixth month in a row and were up 8.2% from July 2017. A measure of business investment within the Commerce report rose for the fourth consecutive month and was up 7.2% from the year before.

Where the Markets Closed for the Week

  • Nasdaq – 7,946, up 130 points or 1.7%
  • Standard & Poor’s 500 – 2,875, up 25 points or 0.9%
  • 10-year U.S. Treasury Note – 2.83%, down 0.04 point
  • Dow Jones Industrial– 25,791, up 122 points or 0.5%

Send us a question for our next podcast.
Not a Landaas & Company client yet? Click here to learn more.
More information and insight from Money Talk
Money Talk Videos
Follow us on Twitter.

Landaas newsletter subscribers return to the newsletter via e-mail.


Text Size:  A  A  reset

Landaas & Company performs investment advisory services only in those states where it is licensed, or excluded or exempted from state investment advisor licensing requirements. All responses to inquiries made by prospective customers to this internet site will not be made absent compliance with state investment advisor and investment advisor rep licensing requirements, or applicable exemptions or exclusions from licensing. MEMBER FINRA MEMBER SIPC

Powered By: mindspike design
ADDRESS: 411 E. WISCONSIN AVENUE, 20TH FLOOR MILWAUKEE, WI 53202
© 2018 Landaas & Company