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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

Weekly Gasoline Price Update

[unable to retrieve full-text content] The price of Regular and Premium are down two and one cent, respectively, from last week. According to, California has the highest average price for Regular at $3.15 and Oklahoma has the cheapest at $1.79. The WTIC end of day spot price closed at 38.56, down 2.2% from last week.

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NAHB Housing Market Index: “Builder Confidence Continues Record Climb”

[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 85 is up 2 from last month's 83 and at its highest level in the indicator's history, exceeding its...

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FHFA House Price Index: Up 2.6% in August

[unable to retrieve full-text content] The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has released its U.S. House Price Index (HPI) for August. U.S. house prices were up 2.6 percent on a seasonally adjusted nominal basis from the previous month. Year-over-year the index is up 7.9% on a non-seasonally adjusted nominal basis. After adjusting for inflation and seasonality, the index is up 1.84% in August and up 7.7% year-over-year (seasonally adjusted).

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America’s Driving Habits as of August 2020

[unable to retrieve full-text content] "Travel on all roads and streets changed by -12.3% (-35.3 billion vehicle miles) for August 2020 as compared with August 2019. Travel for the month is estimated to be 251.3 billion vehicle miles." The 12-month moving average was down 1.1% month-over-month and down 8.8% year-over-year. If we factor in population growth, the 12-month MA of the civilian population-adjusted data (age 16-and-over) was down 1.19% month-over-month and down 9.9%...

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