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Research

Our research methodology integrates historical and current economic, demographic and real estate factors which enables our Research Services department to develop comprehensive market forecast scenarios.

Research Brief: Employment – May 2016

Solid hiring across multiple employment sectors in April did not produce a large gain in U.S. payrolls, but the increase nonetheless reaffirms that the labor market remains in sound condition.

Research Brief: Housing – April 2016

Housing demand remains elevated as low mortgage rates have helped keep the cost of ownership in check despite steady appreciation.  The solid pace of hiring over the last six years and modest but consistent wage growth have helped prospective homeowners repair their balance sheets and re-engage the housing market.

Research Brief: Employment – March 2016

Employers demonstrated the strength of the U.S. labor market in February as it continued to shrug off lingering global economic uncertainty and softness in oil and gas industries.  Jobs were created in multiple service sectors of the economy and at government agencies during the month, helping to maintain gauges of labor market capacity at tight levels.  While wage growth continues to search for a stimulus that will impart greater traction, the U.S. labor market nonetheless… Read More

Research Brief: Energy – Q1 2016

A substantial increase in supply ignited a steep decline in the price of crude oil over the past year.  U.S. crude inventory has increased more than 20 percent since year-end 2014 and OPEC members continue to pump at elevated levels in an attempt to weaken U.S. producers.  The supply glut and downward price pressure could potentially worsen as Iran ramps up production as sanctions are lifted and the U.S. exhausts storage capacity.  These trends have… Read More

Research Brief: Employment – January 2016

U.S. employers pushed ahead with hiring plans in December to top off a strong year of job creation.  The vigor of the U.S. labor market evident throughout 2015 will enable the Federal Reserve to place greater weight on inflation trends in guiding its monetary policy decisions this year.