October 27, 2014
Philly Fed, Continuing Softness in Maryland and Virginia, 10 States to Watch on the Employment Front and Wine Gone to Waste
This week we take a look at the Philly Fed Coincident Index at the State level and highlight where things are good and not so good and look at counties within the not so good that demonstrate poor Geo Scores. We use our mapping and filtering functions to look at State Unemployment. We then highlight Pennsylvania’s decision to waste some perfectly good wine instead of an auction or a night of tastings offered for a princely sum to raise some much needed revenue for the State.
Please click here to read the rest of this week’s commentary: http://www.lumesis.com/commentary-blog/2014-commentary/10-27-2014-philly-fed-continuing-softness-in-maryland-and-virginia-10-states-to-watch-on-the-employment-front–and-wine-gone-to-waste
October 20, 2014
Orange County CA economy, NLC fiscal conditions, and DIVER CAFR Filing Index
This week we offer some summary statistics on the economy of Orange County, CA, summarize the results of the National League of Cities’ Fiscal Conditions Survey, and mark the beginning of the annual “CAFR watch”.
Please click here to read the rest of this week’s commentary: http://www.lumesis.com/commentary-blog/2014-commentary/10-20-2014-orange-county-ca-economy-nlc-fiscal-conditions-and-diver-cafr-filing-index
October 14, 2014
Bond Buyer California Conference: Direct Lending, Pensions, 15c2-12, MCDC
Last week, I attended the Bond Buyer’s California Public Finance Conference in San Diego and spoke on a panel focused on Climate Change (remarks excerpted below). Hot topics at the conference were direct lending by banks, alternative financing from hedge funds, pensions, 15c2-12 and the MCDC initiative.
Please click here to read the rest of this week’s commentary: http://www.lumesis.com/commentary-blog/2014-commentary/10-14-2014-bond-buyer-california-conference-direct-lending-pensions-15c2-12-mcdc
October 6, 2014
September DIVER Geo Scores Released; Bad News Continues for VA, MD and NJ
Lumesis released the updated DIVER Geo Scores last week. The DIVER Geo Score represents a relative score of the economic health of a U.S. State, county or city. Based on a scale of 0-10, with 10 being the best, this data is updated monthly and is calculated from multiple economic and demographic factors related to three primary data categories—employment, income and housing. We survey the strongest, weakest, and top movers, including a brief discussion of the top State to watch, New Jersey.
Please click here to read the rest of this week’s commentary: http://www.lumesis.com/commentary-blog/2014-commentary/10-6-2014-september-diver-geo-scores-released-bad-news-continues-for-va-md-and-nj
September 29, 2014
MCDC Spikes Disclosure Volumes; CA and NY Transparency and a Puerto Rico Update
This week we examine the impact of MCDC on disclosure volumes, highlight efforts by State officials to improve local government transparency and update our Puerto Rico economic activity chart.
Please click here to read the rest of this week’s commentary: http://www.lumesis.com/commentary-blog/2014-commentary/9-29-2014-mcdc-spikes-disclosure-volumes-ca-and-ny-transparency-and-a-puerto-rico-update
September 22, 2014
Long Commutes in Puerto Rico and Finding the Next Detroit
This week we explore newly released commuting data from the U.S. Census Bureau and demonstrate use of DIVER Analytics-Filter Module to prioritize credit surveillance work.
Please click here to read the rest of this week’s commentary: http://www.lumesis.com/commentary-blog/2014-commentary/9-22-2014-long-commutes-in-puerto-rico-and-finding-the-next-detroit
September 15, 2014
Pensions, San Francisco Airport and a P3 Win for Taxpayers
This week we take a quick look at state and local pension funding, preview the largest deal of the week and highlight a win for taxpayers.
Please click here to read the rest of this week’s commentary: http://www.lumesis.com/commentary-blog/2014-commentary/9-15-2014-pensions-san-francisco-airport-and-a-p3-win-for-taxpayers