Category Archives: General

Barry says no recession

From the Big Picture: Are We in a Recession? (No) Are we heading into a recession? According to quite a few observers, this is almost no longer a question, but rather seems to be a fait accompli. I am skeptical, but … Continue reading

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Some go up, some go down

From the Record: Bergen County home prices up 5.3% in April, while Hudson and Passaic County rise as well A typical Bergen County home listed for $679,000 in April, up 5.3% from a month earlier, an analysis of data from Realtor.com … Continue reading

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Ukraine Day 7

Another message from Alex in Kyiv (who is a friend from the international distilling community btw): Some news for today, the 7th day of the war. We have our pilot heroes. One of them was nicknamed “The Ghost of Kyiv”. … Continue reading

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From a friend in Kyiv

God Speed Alex! ————– Thanks for your support! We now have air raid sirens, but we are already used to this sound đź™‚ Bucha, Kyiv Oblast last night This is a “wild horde” … like Batu Khan in 1200 in Ukrainian … Continue reading

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Lowball! $68 million dollar edition

From ROINJ: State’s highest-price house, a mansion in Alpine, finally sells (for $27.5 million) – Slideshow Imagine buying a house for $27.5 million – the highest price paid for a house in New Jersey in years, if not decades – … Continue reading

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Electrify the USPS? Might be the dumbest option.

If we want to reduce the carbon footprint and resource consumption of the USPS, ban junk mail instead. It’s that simple. We could probably cut the USPS fossil fuel consumption in half, at NO cost to the taxpayer. Why bother … Continue reading

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Who? Why?

From the LA Times: Joe Pesci sells extremely 1980s New Jersey mansion for $5 million  On the coast of New Jersey, an Art Deco-style mansion that screams Joe Pesci has been sold by the man himself for $5 million. The … Continue reading

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Welcome to post-covid

From NJ1015: Many NJ residents believe it’s time to move on from COVID Even as the omicron surge continues to drop, a new poll finds Garden State residents are still concerned about COVID but only to a certain point. Patrick … Continue reading

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Great Reshuffle Continues

From the Washington Post: A record 4.5 million workers quit or changed jobs in November  The labor market’s record churn reached new heights in November, with 4.5 million workers quitting or changing their jobs, the highest number in the survey’s … Continue reading

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Predictions 2022!

Break out your crystal ball and let’s hear ’em! Real Estate Stocks/Securities Economy Commodities Inflation

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So who is our governor?

From the Star Ledger: N.J. election 2021: N.J. governor race still too close to call. Murphy, Ciattarelli waiting for all votes to be counted. The bitter race for New Jersey governor didn’t end on Election Day. In a shocker, the … Continue reading

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Welcome Back

From CNBC: This could be the worst market for a first-time homebuyer, experts say Buying a first home is always a huge decision. It’s even bigger when the market has been as hot as it has in the last two … Continue reading

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When to do it?

From MarketWatch: The single best month to buy a home, according to this analysis of 33 million home sales over 8 years Timing isn’t everything, but it doesn’t hurt either. According to a recent analysis of more than 33 million … Continue reading

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Green Shoots

From Insider: China has at least 65 million empty homes — enough to house the population of France. It offers a glimpse into the country’s massive housing-market problem. If you drive an hour or two outside Shanghai or Beijing, you’ll … Continue reading

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Up Up and Awayyyyy

From CNN: Goldman Sachs: Home prices to climb another 16% by the end of 2022 Since the pandemic began, demand among homebuyers has far exceeded the supply of available homes, causing real estate prices to skyrocket.  But as high as prices are, they … Continue reading

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