National economics correspondent, The Wall Street Journal

The U.S. Housing Market in 10 Charts — How's the housing market doing? The answer is that it depends on your time frame. Looking back against 2011, when prices and sales hit bottom, the market is clearly improved. Compared with last year, the pace of sales gains have slowed, but they're not getting dramatically worse, either.

U.S. Housing Market Tracker — The U.S. housing market has struggled to find equilibrium after the bubble of the past decade. Here's a look at where various gauges of supply and demand stand today.

Sales of New Homes Worse Than Most Years in 1980s, 1990s — Home sales rose to their highest annual pace in September in six years, but the new-home market is still depressed by historical standards. To get a sense of just how painful the housing downturn has been, consider this: excluding the post-2008 depression, sales this year are running at their slowest pace since 1982.

Majority of Bank Risk Managers Are Worried About the Wealth Gap — A majority of risk managers at North American financial institutions are worried that the growing wealth gap poses a risk to the financial system. The Professional Risk Managers' International Association and FICO, the credit analytics firm, polled bank risk managers on the consequences of inequality during their quarterly survey.

Global Growth Woes Threaten to Beset U.S. Economy — The specter of deflation in Europe and a slowdown in China and other emerging markets are threatening to hobble the U.S. economy at a time when the world could use a reliable growth engine. Storms abroad have threatened to capsize the U.S. economic expansion in each of the past four years.

Yes, Market Volatility Is a Job-Killer — Last week's financial market volatility could cost the U.S. around 8,000 jobs, according to a rough estimate published Tuesday by Renaissance Macro Research. Neil Dutta, the firm's head of economics, calculated the figure by relying on an analysis of global market volatility and labor markets published last month by Andrew Foerster at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City .

How Much Will Student Debt Drag on Housing? — Soft entry-level housing demand has fanned fears that rising student loan burdens may be crimping home purchases. But new data suggests that student debt may lead young adults to defer homeownership rather than skip out on it entirely.

Burdened by Old Mortgages, Banks Are Slow to Lend Now — A battle over who gets stuck with tens of billions worth of bad housing loans made during the boom years explains why many Americans still can't get a mortgage as interest rates hit a new low. The average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage hit 3.53% last week, the Mortgage Bankers Association said Wednesday.

Don’t Hold Your Breath for Double-Digit Increases in Housing Starts — Friday's report on housing starts does little to change the overall trajectory of the sector's uneven recovery. Single-family construction, after ramping up from extremely depressed levels in 2011 and 2012, appears to have recovered from last year's slowdown. Single-family starts rose 7% in the third quarter compared with one year ago.

Industrial Production Jumps 1% in September — WASHINGTON-Industrial production rebounded solidly in September, a sign that a key sector of the U.S. economy held steady ahead of recent convulsions in financial markets due to slowing global growth. Industrial production, which measures the output of U.S. manufacturers, utilities and mines, rose 1% in September, the Federal Reserve said Thursday.
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Oct 25, 2014

RT @davidmwessel: Um, yes. Niall Ferguson: "Those of us who worried about inflation back in 2010 clearly jumped the gun" #QE

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