Why Commercial Real Estate Investors Should Care About White Paint and Dresses

Over the last few years, different pundits of every stripe have advocated watching different commodities for signs of economic turbulence or improvement - depending on his/her point of view. I came across this article today in the Globe and Mail, and was amused, and somewhat surprised at the indicators discussed.

Take a look, it's a quick read and you might just get some new ideas - I know I did.

Take this for example:

Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Economy.com, said he follows the price of titanium dioxide fairly closely: "It's stretching a little bit, but I think it has historically been a good barometer of broader economic conditions."

He noted that yesterday's U.S. figures matched other signals about the economy making a slow recovery.

"It's consistent with the idea that the economy is still soft. We are still in recession, but we're headed in the right direction," Mr. Zandi said.

...and this:

Mr. Yamarone, for example, said one of the most important indicators he tracks is the sale of women's dresses.

"The woman is traditionally the [chief financial officer] of a household. She sees when times get tough," he explained. "When things get tough, she postpones a 'self purchase.' And there is no greater self purchase for a woman than a dress."

Right now, his dress sale indicator "is still contracting."

Is there anything you look for in assessing an economic recovery or real estate recovery in particular?


0 comments:

Blog Widget by LinkWithin

Recent Comments

Become a Facebook Fan

Followers

Blog Directories We're On

Must Read Books

  • The Millionaire Real Estate Agent by Gary Keller
  • The Four Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferris
  • Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
  • Daddy Needs a Drink by Robert Wilder

Live Traffic Feed

Disclaimers

No part of this website is intended to solicit those already under contract.

Legal, accounting and environmental advice should be sought prior to making any form of financial or other commitments.
Opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and may not reflect those of the Brokerage.

REALTOR® Trademark owned or controlled by the Canadian Real Estate Association. Used under license.

Those of you with an overwhelming fear of the unknown will be gratified to learn that there is no hidden message revealed by reading this warning backwards, so just ignore that Alert Notice from Microsoft: However, by pouring a complete circle of salt around yourself and your computer you can ensure that no harm befalls you and your children.
Powered by Blogger, trillions of electrons spinning out of control, and an insatiable appetite to learn.

  © Blogger templates The Professional Template by Ourblogtemplates.com 2008

Back to TOP