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Dwight Johnston, Vice President and Chief Economist for the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues
The 2012 Housing Market: Bouncing Back

IS HOUSING JUST RIGHT, OR TOO HOT?
updated 05/17/13 12:36 PM
Economist Looks at 'Bubble' Talk
The “story of the year” in 2012 in California and Nevada was the housing market recovery, one that continued in the first quarter of 2013. Median prices surged by roughly 20 percent last year—a rise that was fueled by extraordinary demand by investors.

The confluence of Wall Street-type money managers and record low interest rates have caused some behaviors that are characteristic of a “bubble” market. Primarily, multiple offers on homes in many areas have become the rule rather than the exception. As buyers have seen the supply of homes on the market dwindle, they've been aggressive in bidding above asking prices.

Should we worry about a bubble?

Click here to continue reading Dwight Johnston's Economic Perspective column on page 16 within the April/May edition of Credit Union Digest!

 
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'BIG DATA' SPOTLIGHT: RISK OR REWARD updated 10/22/14 12:06 PM
Three Panelists Share Opinions
With Alessandro Acquisti as moderator, Wednesday’s audience was treated to a lively discussion—and a bit of back-and-forth debate—on the use of “big data” at credit unions and its ramifications.

SPEAKER DELVES INTO DATA PRIVACY updated 10/22/14 11:57 AM
The Credit Union Connection
As the Big Data Panel during REACH 2014 kicked off on Wednesday, it was apparent “big data” is everywhere and infiltrates all facets of our lives. But how much do consumers value their privacy, and what does it mean for credit unions?

SOCIAL CHARM: INGREDIENT FOR SUCCESS updated 10/22/14 07:59 AM
Chen Lizra at REACH
“Engagement” is one of the top buzz words circulating around REACH 2014—and TED speaker, business consultant, and author Chen Lizra shared some unique insights during the general session on Tuesday. Her buzz word: “social charm.”

INNOVATION PANEL SPURS TAKE-AWAYS updated 10/22/14 05:21 PM
Three CU Industry Perspectives
Attendees at REACH 2014 received a plethora of ideas from Tuesday’s innovation panel to take back to their credit unions—not the least of which included more interaction between employees and leaders, and free-flow of ideas from the bottom up.