• Economy Watch: Americans Not Quite as Optimistic Now, Retail Might Suffer

    By Dees Stribling, Contributing Editor The latest national survey on U.S. economic optimism by Pew Research Center, which was conducted in mid-December, finds that most Americans (54 percent) expect that economic conditions a year from now to be about the same as they are now, while similar shares expect the economy

    National 12 January 2016 14:07
  • Economy Watch: Consumers, Investors a Bit Glum

    By Dees Stribling, Contributing Editor There’s nervousness afoot about the U.S. economy (and much of the rest of the world), evident since at least this summer, and it’s proving hard to shake. Both consumers and investors seem to be feeling it, and both groups have distinct impacts on commercial and residential

    National 28 October 2015 13:33
  • Economy Watch: Fed Optimistic, But Not Quite Ready to Pull the Trigger

    By Dees Stribling, Contributing Editor Not yet, the Fed said on Wednesday. The time’s almost right for an interest rate increase—so long in coming that it almost has a mythical quality—but not yet. Or as the minutes of the latest meeting (July 28-29) of the Federal Open Market Committee put it:

    National 20 August 2015 12:48
  • Economy Watch: Slowdown for CRE Prices and Deal Volumes?

    By Dees Stribling, Contributing Editor Commercial real estate’s had a good run (mostly) in the years after the end of the recession, with values rising, upticks in rents in most property types in a lot of markets, occupancies likewise rising, and thus investors more interested. The question now is whether the

    National 15 June 2015 13:26
  • The Accidental Economist with Jack Kern: 10 Things You Can Count on in 2015: A View From the Hill

    By Jack Kern, Publisher and Research Editor, Multi-Housing News & Commercial Property Executive  This is the first in a series of dispatches from the front. Each forecast will provide insights into what the balance of 2015 looks like, presented to you every few days. A view from the hill “They’ve got a set

    National 04 June 2015 16:31
  • Economy Watch: Are Jobs Rebounding?

    By Dees Stribling, Contributing Editor The U.S. economy created 223,000 jobs in April, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday. That represents a bounce back from March, which in fact was revised downward in the latest report to a miserable net gain of 85,000 jobs. The April increase was

    National 08 May 2015 13:16
  • Pair of Multibillion-Dollar Projects Gets Formal Launch

    By Adrian Maties, Associate Editor   Maryland Day was marked this March 25 by milestones for two projects with a potentially significant impact on the state’s economy. In Lusby, a groundbreaking ceremony formally launched the $3.8 billion expansion of the Cove Point liquefied natural gas facility, one of the largest investments in the

    Washington Dc 10 April 2015 08:33