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New York Fed Household Debt and Credit Report

Household Debt and Credit Report – “The Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Household Debt and Credit Report provides a quarterly snapshot of household trends in borrowing and indebtedness, including data about mortgages, student loans, credit cards, auto loans and delinquencies. The report aims to help community groups, small businesses, state and local governments and the public to better understand, monitor and respond to trends in borrowing and indebtedness at the household level.”

Additional Economic Census Subject Series Reports

“The Census Bureau today released three additional reports from its 2012 Economic Census Subject Series. The first, Retail Trade — Establishment and Firm Size, presents sales, payroll and employment data for the United States by various categories. For establishments, the categories are sales size, employment size and legal form of organization. For firms, the categories are sales size, employment size, concentrationContinue Reading

Downloadable Housing Market Data From Redfin

Via Redfin: “Redfin is a real estate brokerage, which means we have direct access to data from local multiple listing services, as well as insight from our real estate agents across the country. That’s why we’re able to give you the earliest and most reliable data on the state of the housing market. We publishContinue Reading

By the Numbers: The Costs of War and Peace in the Middle East

World Bank – By the Numbers: The Costs of War and Peace in the Middle East – Five years of war in Syria and spillovers to neighboring countries have cost an estimated $35 billion in output, equivalent to Syria’s GDP in 2007. A new report examines how civil wars are affecting the economies of theContinue Reading

2015 Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement Parallel Survey

“The Census Bureau today released the 2015 Parallel Survey Research File and a detailed health insurance table based on this file. The Parallel Survey uses the Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement health insurance questions prior to 2013. See below for tables:

Global Housing Watch Report – January 2016 Update

IMF – “The January 2016 issue of the Global Housing Watch Quarterly Update includes: An update of the five core charts: the Global House Price Index, real house price growth , real credit growth, house price-to-income ratio , and house price-to-rent ratio across countries (pages 1 to 6); A summary of a recent conference thatContinue Reading

ABA Journal – Will those who led the financial system into crisis ever face charges?

Terry Carter’s long read also appears in the February 1, 2016 issue of the ABA Journal – “…Last September, the department in effect admitted that it had been wrong all along when it announced a new policy prioritizing prosecution of individuals in corporations who might have engaged in criminal acts, and requiring the companies toContinue Reading

Yahoo Releases Largest-ever Machine Learning Dataset for Researchers

Suju Rajan – “Data is the lifeblood of research in machine learning. However, access to truly large-scale datasets is a privilege that has been traditionally reserved for machine learning researchers and data scientists working at large companies – and out of reach for most academic researchers. Research scientists at Yahoo Labs have long enjoyed workingContinue Reading

UN Global Humanitarian Overview 2016

“The outlook for 2016 is grim. Millions of civilians, uprooted from their homes by violent and prolonged conflict, will remain in desperate need of protection and humanitarian assistance. About 60 million people are displaced around the world, and more than a quarter of these displacements are due to the conflicts in Iraq, South Sudan andContinue Reading

RealtyTrac – Nearly 1.1 Million US Properties with Foreclosure Filings in 2015

“RealtyTrac …released its Year-End 2015 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report, which shows foreclosure filings — default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions — were reported on 1,083,572 U.S. properties in 2015, down 3 percent from 2014 and down 62 percent from the peak of 2,871,891 properties with foreclosure filings in 2010. The nearly 1.1 million propertiesContinue Reading

Goldman Sachs to pay $1.5 billion fine in RMBS agreement

News release:  “The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. [January 14, 2016] announced that it has reached an agreement in principle to resolve the ongoing investigation of the Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities Working Group of the U.S. Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force (RMBS Working Group). The agreement in principle will resolve actual and potential civil claims by theContinue Reading

U.S. Conference of Mayors Releases 22-City Survey on Hunger and Homelessness

U.S. Conference of Mayors Releases 2015 Hunger and Homelessness Survey: Press Release | Download the Report | “Sixty-six percent of the survey cities reported that the number of requests for emergency food assistance increased over the past year. Among people requesting emergency food assistance, 67 percent were persons in families, 42 percent were employed, 23Continue Reading