Bright Economic Outlook Muted by Housing Data

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Fannie Mae’s Economic and Strategic Research (ESR) group is still expecting that economic growth will “likely” be solid in the third quarter, but they are otherwise hedging their bets. In their October Outlook, the economists said the lower job growth in September does not alter their view that the labor market is strong, but GDP growth has probably slowed from its second quarter pace, partly reflecting a deceleration of product investment and consumer spending. The surge of soybean exports that tried to get ahead of tariffs has subsided and with a strengthening dollar, the trade deficit has probably widened, and residential fixed investment is probably also down, extending that decline into a third straight quarter. Real estate sales commissions are part of that calculation and home sales…(read more)

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