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Housing starts, Stock buybacks

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Reversed some but still higher than expected, and still historically depressed: However, the weather was very nice again in January (just like in December), and the weather probably had a significant impact on the seasonally adjusted housing starts number. The winter months of December and January have the largest seasonal factors, so nice weather can really have an impact. A huge driver of stock prices got off to its worst start in 7 years, but that could change Share buybacks got off to a slow start in 2020, with the .7 billion total in January the lowest since 2013.

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Reversed some but still higher than expected, and still historically depressed:

However, the weather was very nice again in January (just like in December), and the weather probably had a significant impact on the seasonally adjusted housing starts number. The winter months of December and January have the largest seasonal factors, so nice weather can really have an impact.

Housing starts, Stock buybacks

Housing starts, Stock buybacks

Housing starts, Stock buybacks

Housing starts, Stock buybacks

Housing starts, Stock buybacks

A huge driver of stock prices got off to its worst start in 7 years, but that could change

Share buybacks got off to a slow start in 2020, with the $13.7 billion total in January the lowest since 2013.

Housing starts, Stock buybacks

WARREN MOSLER
Warren Mosler is an American economist and theorist, and one of the leading voices in the field of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT). Presently, Warren resides on St. Croix, in the US Virgin Islands, where he owns and operates Valance Co., Inc.

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