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Don’t Go West, Young Man: Millennials Are Priced Out of Californian Hot Spots

June 9, 2015

In the Californian hubs of San Francisco, San Jose and Los Angeles, the typical young adult doesn’t even make half of what’s needed to afford a home, according to a Bloomberg ranking using data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Zillow Group Inc. and Bankrate.com. The gap shows how much more money millennials would

Trading Up: U.S. Consumers Are Paying More to Buy Bigger Vehicles

June 8, 2015

Sales of bigger vehicles are beating purchases of smaller cars by the most in a decade as leasing and cheap gas make it more appealing to trade up. This will probably continue, auguring well for retail sales, though automakers could be setting themselves up for a fall. Light trucks —

Secondary Cities Still Subject to Broader Housing Trends

June 4, 2015

Although investors often seek out secondary cities to diversify real estate portfolios, this strategy requires both granular analysis and critical thinking, since few major markets fully decouple from both regional and national trends. It’s been said re-localization is a major theme of the housing-market recovery. In the boom years, risks

High Earners’ Frugality Shows Long Shadow of Recession

June 2, 2015

Six years after the worst recession since the 1930s, Americans who earn $100,000 to $249,999 a year still are “making very careful decisions” when it comes to discretionary purchases, said Pam Danziger, president of Unity Marketing Inc., a luxury research company based in Stevens, Pennsylvania.These consumers are “feeling squeezed” primarily

Bitcoin: What is the Future?

June 1, 2015

  In this special issue of Bloomberg Brief, we examine the potential opportunities and pitfalls the new digital currency might bring to a changing marketplace. For some, bitcoin offers a chance to change the world, particularly when it comes to transfers and payments in emerging markets. For others, the bitcoin

Brief Bites Weekly Video- 5/28

May 29, 2015

Editor Taylor Riggs highlights the week’s top Bloomberg Brief stories in under two minutes.  

Keene’s Corner: Scott Brown, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist for Raymond James and Associates

May 26, 2015

Scott Brown, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist for Raymond James and Associates, speaks with Bloomberg’s Tom Keene and Michael McKee about rising inflation in the U.S. and what it means for the labor market and the Federal Reserve’s interest-rate liftoff. Click here to read the full Q&A taken from

The Rise and Fall of Gold

May 20, 2015

BY NICHOLAS LARKIN King Midas lusted after it.The Incas worshipped it. Shiny flakes of it set off a 19th-century rush to California and ship captains never stop looking for it at the bottom of the sea. While gold has ignited passions for centuries, for today’s investors, it seems, the metal has lost its

Mild, More Stable Housing Recovery Underlines Difference in 1H GDP Growth vs. 2014

May 19, 2015

Housing market stability should provide a modest tailwind for U.S. growth over the next several years, without fueling a strong rebound. This reflects an important shift in the composition of growth that has gone unheralded, since the effects of the stronger dollar on exports and manufacturing have received more attention. It may also bolster the case for a softer

E-Commerce Sales Jump as U.S. Embraces Web’s Ease

May 18, 2015

Although frigid weather kept many Americans away from malls and stores last quarter, it didn’t stop them from shopping on their laptops and smartphones. Sales on e-commerce websites increased 3.5 percent in the first three months of the year from the previous quarter, reaching a record $80 billion worth of