Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Wednesday: Housing Starts, FOMC Minutes

by Bill McBride on 11/18/2014 09:02:00 PM

An excerpt from a research piece by Goldman Sachs economist Alec Phillips: Fiscal Effects on Growth Should Be Neutral over the Coming Year

• As 2015 approaches, we take a look at our fiscal policy assumptions for the coming year. Overall, we estimate the effect of federal fiscal policy on growth to be very slightly positive in 2014, at about +0.1pp, and roughly neutral in 2015.

• Tax policy looks fairly stable. We do not expect any significant changes in tax policy, assuming Congress extends a number of tax benefits that expired at the start of 2014.

• On the spending side, we see modest downside risk to our projection of federal spending, offset to some extent by the possibility that federal funding, particularly for defense, could be increased by Congress in 2015. Spending on subsidies under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) poses modest downside risk: enrollment estimates for 2015 have been reduced, and an upcoming Supreme Court decision could reduce them further.
Less fiscal drag in 2015 will be a positive for the economy!

• At 7:00 AM, the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) will release the results for the mortgage purchase applications index.

• At 8:30 AM ET, Housing Starts for October. The consensus is for total housing starts to increase to 1.025 million (SAAR) in October.

• During the day: The AIA's Architecture Billings Index for October (a leading indicator for commercial real estate).

• At 2:00 PM, the the FOMC Minutes for the Meeting of October 28-29, 2014