Friday, January 01, 2021

Notes Today:  

  • Just before New Year’s McConnell's managed to block the $2000 relieve bill. Kentucky, the state that elects this guy, is in the bottom 5 states in every economic quality-of-life measure. Yet he wins. It boggles the mind. 

  • Just before New Year’s Louie Gohmert sues Pence in (GOP clown show) bid to overturn election results on Jan. 6 
  • Just before Christmas, Johnson managed to bring about the only trade deal in history that puts up barriers to commerce rather than removing them, and in the process Britons lost the right to live and work in 27 countries.  

  • CNN: Stanley Johnson, the father of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, has said that he intends to obtain French citizenship -- his comments coming just hours before the UK's final transition out of the European Union. 

  • The NYSE is starting the process of delisting securities of three Chinese telecom companies, after Trump last month barred U.S. investments in Chinese firms he says are owned or controlled by the military. They are  China Telecom Corporation Limited , China Mobile Limited  and China Unicom (Hong Kong) Limited  

  •  African countries began officially trading under a new continent-wide free trade area. 

  • Small drones will be allowed to fly over people and at night in the United States, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said. A significant step toward their use for widespread commercial deliveries. Now that will make everyone feel very safe. Especially since none will be hacked – I’m sure.  

  • 12/23/2020 New home sales fell 11% in November to 841k, but still +21% y/y Decline in all regions: - Midwest -43% - West -17% - Northeast -2.5% - South -1.9%
  • Inventory: 4.1 months
  • Median home price: $335,300, +2.2% y/y
  • Some moderation in sales in 2021, but still strong activity expected


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