Ilyce Glink Show Notes – September 4, 2010
Unemployment Ticks Up, Stock Market Jumps, Double-Dip Recession?
In this week’s news:
- Unemployment ticks up to 9.6 percent. U-6 jumps to nearly 17 percent. The unemployment report for July was dreadful any way you cut it. While economists were expecting 40,000 new hires, we got 67,000 new hires. Great. Meanwhile, first-time filings for unemployment are still at 470,000. The employment rate went up to 9.6 percent from 9.5 percent, and 114,000 Census workers were fired. Overall, employment fell by 54,000 jobs. Let’s put it in perspective: The economy needs to CREATE 125,000 jobs per month just to meet the number of new workers who enter the market each month. In July, we lost 54,000 jobs, which means that the next month, we’d need to create 175,000 jobs plus 125,000 jobs just to make up for July and August. That’s 300,000 jobs – and we’re losing jobs each month. Three million people have lost their jobs in the last three years, and we now have 8 to 9 million people who have lost their jobs in this decade. And, of the 67,000 jobs that were created, 10,000 were construction workers who had been on strike and just went back to work. That doesn’t count as a new job in my book. Most of the gains have been in part-time work, not full-time, which says that people are desperate for any income at all and are taking part-time jobs they don’t really want.
- Stock market zoomed nearly 300 points this week to close at 10,447. You wouldn’t know that there was another awful jobs report from the way the stock market reacted. A little bit of sunshine (i.e. that we created 27,000 jobs than economists thought) goes a long way. And Ben Bernanke said he should have been more honest in stating that the government couldn’t have saved Lehman Bros., even as a Lehman executive said they could have. In any case, this was an up week for stocks. Next week will probably be a down week.
- Are we in for a double-dip recession? Dr. Nouriel Roubini, the noted economist and professor at New York University is speaking at an economist conference in Italy this week. He said in an interview in the Telegraph (a UK paper) that the U.S. and much of the world no longer have any economic defenses left against a double-dip recession: “Dr Roubini said the US growth rate was likely to fall below 1pc in the second half of the year, despite the biggest stimulus in history: a cut in interest rates from 5pc to zero, a budget deficit of 10pc of GDP, and $3 trillion to shore up the financial system.” Dr. Roubini called the Great Recession accurately and largely predicted a world wide recession. I think that we need to keep an eye on what he’s saying. We could easily fall back into something that looks a lot worse than the past three years.
Americans aren’t optimistic about their prospects.
In the September, 2010 issue of Money Magazine, the results of a CNNMoney.com poll: How do you see your finances one year from now?
- 44 percent see their investments down and their job shakier
- 33 percent see their investments rising and their job more secure
- 12 percent see their investments up but their job shakier
- 11 percent see their investments heading down but their job is more secure.
What do you think? Over the next 12 months, where do you see your finances and job security going? Please leave your responses on the blog.
Refinance now, or forever hold your piece.
Mortgage interest rates fell to a new record low this week: 4.3 percent for a 30-year fixed according to the Freddie Mac. I just locked in on a 3.75 percent 15-year loan. This is like free money. While I’m only saving an additional $59 per month on my loan, it’s costing me very little out of pocket so I’ll start saving within 6 months. I’m also restructuring my payments so that I pay off the loan in 14 years. Why? Because I last refinanced in November, 2009, so by the time I close, I’ll have just 14 years left on my loan. I don’t want to add to my loan term, so that’s why I’m only saving $59 per month instead of more than twice that.
Here’s what I want to you understand: If you can refinance (you have the equity, cash and credit score) and haven’t started the ball rolling, GET MOVING!!! These are the interest rates of a lifetime.
Shopping for a Short Sale? Want to buy a Foreclosure? Come to our HOW TO PROFIT FROM FORECLOSURES Event on OCTOBER 2, 2010
We’ve signed up a bunch of new sponsors and speakers for the event, including:
Joel Miller. He finances commercial real estate purchases $1 million to $40 million. He also does business financing as well as the real estate financing.
Monte Smith, Education director for Entrust in Georgia. He’ll be talking about Self-Directed IRAs and how to finance the purchase of your real estate investment using IRA funds.
Eric Weiss, Schulten, Ward & Turner. Eric is a top commercial real estate attorney who helps his clients think through the business terms of a proposed foreclosure deal as well as walking through and creating the paperwork.
Georgia Association of Enrolled Agents. Bill Nemeth and his crew will be around to answer all of your real estate investing tax questions
Andy Heller, successful real estate investor, bestselling author and founder of RealtyJoin.com, a social networking site and business marketplace for real estate investors. Andy will discuss his lease/option platform and what’s been happening with his 25 rental properties.
Ricky Novak, Strategic 1031 Exchange Company. Ricky has wide-ranging experience as a real estate attorney, tax expert and can discuss 1031 exchanges and conservation tax credits.
John Damiano, RE/MAX of Greater Atlanta and head of the Providence Group. John and his team work with a ton of foreclosures and short sales and he’ll be sharing his advice on how and where to find foreclosures in the morning session.
Michael Bull, Bull Realty. With more than 30 years of experience, helping his clients purchase, sell, and manage billions of dollars of real estate, Michael is going to share his inside knowledge of the commercial real estate world, helping you find and buy commercial foreclosures.
And for our AFTER HOURS INVESTING PANEL we have Kay Shirley and I will be discussing what’s going on in the stock market.
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