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for March, 2011

Five Years Into the Downturn: Arizona Residential Trade Contractor Supply

Posted on 03/04/2011 in Uncategorized - 0

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It is now more than five years since the residential housing market began its decline. Current start levels have continued to fall through this period. Starts peaked in 2005 at over 87,000. In 2010 starts were at just 11,700, or 13.4% of peak. Even if we consider the 2005 peak to be an aberration, using the 1990’s as a guide, a normal year for Arizona would average 57,000 starts. Using that as a yardstick, starts in Arizona for 2010 were at 20% of normal.



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Quantitative Easing as Alchemy: Why Electric and Gas Utilities Should Hedge their Capital Construction Risk Today As published in Electric Energy

Posted on 03/03/2011 in Uncategorized - 0

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Fearing continued economic stagnation and high unemployment, the Federal Reserve recently announced a policy of “quantitative easing” as a panacea for these ills. There is a broad diversity of opinion about whether using $600 billion to purchase bonds will work, even among the Federal Reserve System’s Board of Governors.



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Takeoff and Cost Management: A Return to Profitability

Posted on 03/02/2011 in Uncategorized - 0

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Virtually all large U.S. builders are losing an average of $2,000 to $4,000 per home due to inaccurate takeoff procedures, inflated waste factors and careless use of materials on site, according to research conducted by Continuum Advisory Group. Continuum has analyzed building materials packages for more than 1,000 different house plans in multiple divisions of the nation’s top home builders between 2006 and today.



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Trade Contractor Pricing Will Rise in the Next Two Quarters: Find Out Why and What Can Be Done

Posted on 03/01/2011 in Uncategorized - 0

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The business of construction trade contracting is unique. While it is one of the most closely aligned businesses to macroeconomic conditions, it also features some characteristics that are not just unique, but downright counter-intuitive… unless you understand the industry structure in which they operate.



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