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The pain continues... for some

We are now in the middle of the third quarter of 2020. August. And the world doesn’t look much better than it looked in the second quarter. 601 more words

Strategy

Oregon housing trends amidst the pandemic 

I am presenting a mid-year forecast for the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland. A summary of my thoughts and a copy of my slides are below. 69 more words

Pandemics

Russian Economic Crisis of 2014-15

INTRODUCTION

The 2014 Russian economic recession is often used as a case study to explore why an accumulation of large international reserves does not necessarily guarantee against a currency crisis and negative macroeconomic growth trends. 1,365 more words

Economics

How Bad Is It Going To Be?

I have been fortunate to spend some time in Milan recently. July and August are not the best time to be in Milan – it is hot and humid, and relatively quiet (most locals flee Milan in the summer, if they can). 566 more words

Italy

Serious Buyers in the Market

Today’s Buyers Are Serious about Purchasing a Home

Today’s homebuyers are not just talking about their plans, they’re actively engaged in the buying process – and they’re serious about it. 304 more words

Real Estate

Wine, Coronavirus, & the Falling Dollar

What is going to happen to the value of the U.S. dollar as the coronavirus crisis unfolds? That was the question that a couple of wine economists (I was one of them) were asked in a zoom meeting back in May. 995 more words

Wine Markets