RealCrowd’s Thoughts

What’s Happening Now
The big economic news this week was the announcement that the Fed plans to keep rates near zero for at least three years. Their position is firm on holding rates at historic lows until the economy returns to full employment and we see inflation running “moderately” above the 2% goal for “some time.” I’ll let somebody better at reading the tea leaves make a call as to when that will actually be, though some economists are already calling for a four to five year run at these near zero rates.

We also saw the weekly unemployment claims tick in around a seasonally adjusted 860,000 last week, the lowest we’ve seen since March, but still a staggering number. Employers have added back an estimated 11 million of the 22 million jobs lost in March and April, but the pace of recovery has seemed to slow from the earlier rebound. That ties into the report in our articles below showing that 52% of 18-29-year-olds are living with their parents right now.

And since it’s a new week, we should probably mention that Amazon is not only seeking to hire an additional 100,000 workers in its latest plans to continue world domination, but also that they’re opening 100 new distribution centers this month!  

What To Watch
It appears there may be new life in the stimulus world as legislators scramble to ink a deal that would provide much needed direct payments prior to the election. However, if you’ve been paying attention, I’ll defer to my comments above about reading those particular tea leaves.

Following up on our newsletter last week, it appears the NMHC rent tracker has come back in line with the prior months numbers, showing rent collections through September 13th holding at 86.2%, down 250bps from the same period in 2019, and well within the band we’ve seen tracking since the beginning of the crisis.

If all of this talk about the economy, stimulus and elections has your head swimming, be sure to sign up for our webinar next week with Jeff Krumpelman, Chief Investment Strategist for Mariner Wealth Advisors, where he’s breaking out the crystal ball to discuss how they see the remainder of this year playing out and what to look for heading into 2021.

-Adam Hooper, CEO

Weekly Metrics

20192020
Rent Payments Collected by May 13th89.8%87.7%
Rent Payments Collected by June 13th88.9%89.0%
Rent Payments Collected by July 13th90.1%87.6%
Rent Payments Collected by August 13th88.9%86.9%
Rent Payments Collected by September 13th88.7%86.2%
*Data brought to you by NHMC Rent Payment Tracker
CurrentPrior Week Change
10 Year Treasury0.690%+0.010%
DOW27,901.98+367.40
S&P 5003,357.01+17.82
Unemployment Rate8.4%
Total US COVID-19 Cases6,688k+287k
Total US COVID-19 Tests101.5m+6.06m
*Metrics as of 11am EST on Friday, September 18

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Amazon to hire 100,000 more workers in its latest job spree this year

The world’s biggest online retailer said the positions are for full and part-time work in its home country and Canada.

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Pandemic Pushing Gen Z and Millennials to Move Back Home

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A Million Mortgage Borrowers Fall Through Covid-19 Safety Net

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Apartment Developers Scout Adaptive Reuse Possibilities

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Fed Sees Rates Near Zero Through 2023 to Boost Jobs, Prices

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Regus throws 6 NYC locations into bankruptcy

Flex-office company has filed for Chapter 11 on nearly 100 locations across the country

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America’s Offices Sit Half-Empty Six Months Into the Covid-19 Pandemic

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