The housing segment of the economy has been lying prone but there are hopes that 2012 will see some improvement. Number of new houses that will start could go up by nearly 20% but even then compared to previous norms, the pace will be significantly low.
A staggering number of foreclosed units have been clouding the property market for a good number of years. The attorneys general are about to reach a settlement with the five mega banks of the country in matters relating to foreclosure fraud.
Following this settlement it is apprehended there will be a jump in foreclosures according to Mark Zandi. But in the long term, most probably from 2013, the settlement and the foreclosures that will follow will ultimately shrink the numbers clouding the market and restore health to the housing sector.
In other business segments the sales figures are flat. In 2012 there is not much hope of employment scenario improving – the economy would hardly be able to keep up pace with the natural growth of the working force. Over the next twelve months the firms have plans of stepping up their payrolls on an average by 1.5%. It will mean an improvement of 1% in employment figures as per a survey conducted byDukeUniversityand CFO magazine.
However Gene Zaino of MBO Partners (CEO) thinks that caution will be ruling factor when it comes to adding to numbers in payrolls by business units. He said, “Companies are being very conservative about adding on full time permanent people to their payrolls. There is a real sense of hesitation about making really big bets”.
Despite some nagging factors like foreclosures and unemployment, 2012 will see gathering of some momentum. The economy will inch up 3.5% during the last quarter of 2011 with consumers spending during the festive season. Zandi commented, “Consumers and business are more upbeat than you would think from looking at the surveys”.
The surveys point to growing optimist among the investors of Wall Street. A good number of managers dealing with investment (49%) think that there has been undervaluation of the stock market while 45% are say the valuation has been fair as per Russell Investments of Seattle. The feeling of buoyancy has led to Dow Jones Industrial Average going up over 500 points (4.5%) immediately prior to Christmas.
Until the last week before Christmas things have been rough because of a general fear of global recession; but probably this will not happen.
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