New Home Sales Meander Amid Intractable American Housing Conundrum

New home sales in the US rose at just half the expected pace in January, and that off a downwardly-revised base in December. The 1.54% month-to-month increase was the second consecutive, but it was underwhelming. Economists collectively saw a 3% increase. And, again, revisions lopped 27,000 off the prior three months, pointing to a slower pace of sales during Q4 of 2023. January's annual rate was 661,000 against a 684,000 consensus. The range of estimates from 55 people who get paid to make gue

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  1. “As a quick aside, do note that any one of those people could submit a guess not based on any sort of forecast, but rather simply based on the other guesses.”

    This reminds me of one of my favorite bits of economics trivia: the number one predictor of next month’s inflation rate? This month’s inflation rate. The second best predictor is the previous month’s inflation.

    I suspect that’s true for most economic variables.

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