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My original website was launched in February 2005 using a domain name based on my real name, Doug Short. I'm a first wave boomer with a Ph.D. in English from Duke and a lifelong interest in economics and finance. In 2011 my website was acquired by Advisor Perspectives.

Doug Short Advisor Perspectives

NAHB Housing Market Index: “Builder Confidence Hits 20-Month High”

[unable to retrieve full-text content] The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Housing Market Index (HMI) is a gauge of builder opinion on the relative level of current and future single-family home sales. It is a diffusion index, which means that a reading above 50 indicates a favorable outlook on home sales; below 50 indicates a negative outlook. The latest reading of 71 is up 31 from last month.

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Weekly Gasoline Price Update: Regular and Premium Down

[unable to retrieve full-text content] The price of Regular and Premium are down two and one cent each, respectively, from last week. According to, California has the highest average price for Regular at $4.16 and Louisiana has the cheapest at $2.22. The WTIC end of day spot price closed at 52.81, up 0.1% from this time last week and a 9% increase since the beginning of the year.

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World Markets Update

[unable to retrieve full-text content] All eight indexes on our world watch list posted gains through October 14, 2019. The top performer is China's Shanghai SSE with a gain of 22.01% and in second is France's CAC 40 with a gain of 20.34%. In third is our own S&P 500 with a gain of 18.17%. Coming in last is Hong Kong's Hang Seng with a gain of 5.54%.

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