Morris Beschloss: The Beschloss Perspective

Household net wealth at all-time high

Wealth gap between age groups causes concern.
By Morris Beschloss
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It may not seem that way, when considering the relative snail’s pace of the general economic recovery, but America’s total household wealth topped $70.3 trillion by the end of 2013’s first quarter, according to the Federal Reserve Board. 


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Surge in cement use bodes well

Spending cutbacks could slow government projects.
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 The nation’s residential, commercial and industrial construction markets can expect a major uplift, both in the immediate and longer-term future, according to the Portland Cement Association 


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Housing growth based on new factors

April brings first federal budget surplus in five years.
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When many analysts read bold-faced media headlines about the fastest rate of housing price increases in seven years — with some communities posting double-digit increases — they are claiming that housing’s happy days are here again.


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Industrial building hits ‘gas’ pedal

Economic issues yield media spotlight.
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 On the verge of 2013’s second half, the previously moribund commercial/industrial construction sector, which was hit hard during the Great Recession, is displaying increasing signs of recovery. 


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Cautious consumers in a 2013 economy

Part-time job numbers are rising.
By Morris Beschloss
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With the early 2013 economy trending little better than last year’s state of suspended animation, the American consumer, comprising close to 70% of the nation’s $15.6 trillion gross domestic product, has maintained a sense of justifiable caution.


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Greenfield Industrial Projects to Grow

Service sector spurs surge in exports.
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This year appears on track for a significant mix of industrial construction projects, according to Industrial Info Re-sources, an informational news source that tracks the progress of major construction on a daily basis.
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Commercial construction falls short

Online purchasing still worries store-based retailers.
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Online purchasing still worries store-based retailers.
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Economy on cruise control as independent businesses exceed expectations

Most “small” companies continue to inch forward.
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Recent dialogue with scores of manufacturers, distributors, mechanical contractors and retailers detects a note of optimism as the year unfolds.
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Looking into the future

2013 construction industry apprehensive as Obama II beckons
By Morris Beschloss
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With the second Obama presidency secured for four more years, the construction industry, specifically the depressed housing sector, is taking a wait-and-watch attitude before projecting definitive commitments for 2013 growth potential.


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