October 2018 U.S. Monthly Job Creation Hits 250,000, Wages Grew 3.1 Percent Year-Over-Year and Unemployment Remained at 3.7 Percent, the Lowest in 49 Years

The U.S. added an impressive 250,000 net new jobs in October 2018 (preliminary), with 1.488 million net new jobs year-to-date compared to 1,464 million a year ago for the same period – an increase of 1.61 percent.   The total gain in the prior 12-months of 2.516 million represented a 1.71 percent annual job growth rate …Read more

The Leaking Tire of Existing Home Sales Continues and Slows the Speed of the Market (Though Still Highly Drivable) — Down 2.09 Percent Vs a Year Ago — Median Price Up 4.2 Percent

Existing home sales dropped for the fourth month in a row, down percent 4.1 percent in September 2018 versus a year ago to 5.15 million on a seasonally adjusted annualized basis (SAAR) according to National Association of Realtors® (NAR).  Sales were down from August 3.4 percent (SAAR).  On an unadjusted basis, housing sales in the …Read more

ALTA ONE 2018 in Review

Having returned from the ALTA ONE 2018 conference held at L.A. Live in Los Angeles, I’ve had time to reflect on the sessions, meetings and dinner conversations that stood out. In thinking about the topics, two big themes seemed to rise to the top: consumer protection (wire fraud) and consumer experience. Here’s what the title …Read more

Another Top-10 List — Greenest Cities in America 2018

No doubt there is general agreement on the idea that we should leave Mother Earth in better shape than when we arrived.  The extent to how much should be done to preserve and improve this planet, however, likely varies across every individual and from city to city. WalletHub developed a methodology to rank the 100 …Read more

Another Top-10 List — Best Cities to Work in Tech 2018

Technology continues to be a market-leading growth industry, attracting the best of the best workers given potential financial rewards.  Some of the major technology hubs, however, rank among the most expensive places to live.  Those cities costs often overwhelm even the higher tech incomes.   While San Francisco and San Jose were the original tech meccas …Read more