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The risk to crops and farms won't be as significant if it loses force, ... When you look at the lessons from Katrina, the eventual damage to agriculture was less than feared. The department of agriculture actually revised up its estimates of production in the state after Katrina passed.
Brian Bethune
#Force

If housing and stock prices go down, people will respond by increasing the flow of savings. If they have to save more to meet retirement objectives, then they'll have to cut down on consumption.
Brian Bethune
#People

There is an imbalance in terms of the demand and supply of energy which continues to be satisfied, or is increasingly satisfied, by external sources of energy products. Now we have a situation that has been every more complicated because of a domestic supply shock.
Brian Bethune
#Energy

The major markets overseas - Europe, Japan and Asia - have fairly solid underlying momentum. Japan is certainly improving and Europe is more like the Queen Elizabeth slowly turning around.
Brian Bethune
#Asia

This is in line with our expectation that demand for new housing would 'cool off' towards the end of 2005 and in early 2006 as higher short-term interest rates, driven by the Fed, would ultimately translate into higher long-term borrowing rates.
Brian Bethune
#Expectation

In terms of economic growth, the fundamentals are clearly on the side of the U.S.. We don't think there's going to be a lot of additional momentum, but even if (the dollar) treads water, it's still going to be an attractive investment.
Brian Bethune
#Growth

Maybe we should all be praying for a warm winter because that might ease the pain.
Brian Bethune
#Pain

While the record drop in the top level index spells welcome relief from the painful post-hurricane energy price spikes in September, continued pressure on the core index over the next several months will keep the Federal Reserve vigilant on the inflation watch.
Brian Bethune
#Energy

Core producer price inflation generally has been behaving quite well. We think there's going to be some modest upward pressure as energy prices feed through the system, but it's not going to be a persistent or lengthy problem.
Brian Bethune
#Inflation

Gains in employment and the stock market continue to support confidence. Household income is expected to grow at rates that will sustain growth in consumer spending.
Brian Bethune
#Confidence

This sets the stage for a modest [consumer] expenditure growth slowdown in the fourth quarter, providing support for the Federal Reserve's very gradual approach to adjusting rates,
Brian Bethune
#Growth

Recoveries in Europe and Japan are gaining momentum. This should provide the underpinnings for respectable growth in exports.
Brian Bethune
#Growth

Business investment is going to be one of the principal drivers of growth in 2006. The consumer will still be there ... (but) certainly won't be as ebullient as the last four years.
Brian Bethune
#Business

Further gains in employment combined with better levels for consumer confidence overall are setting the stage for very solid consumption gains in the first quarter of 2006.
Brian Bethune
#Confidence

There are reports of solid underlying demand for 30-year bonds from pension funds and insurance companies.
Brian Bethune
#Bonds

New auctions will satisfy an unusual coincidence of needs on the supply and demand side of the fixed-income debt markets.
Brian Bethune
#Debt

We're definitely going to see a very strong first quarter. It looked like consumers were hibernating in December, and all they needed was an excuse to go on a spending spree. The weather provided that.
Brian Bethune
#Consumers

We are expecting to see some pressure on inflation. Companies are going to take advantage of strong demand to at least cover their cost increases.
Brian Bethune
#Inflation

The economy is doing pretty well now in terms of momentum.
Brian Bethune
#Economy

Mortgage purchase applications continue to track downwards, suggesting that most of the expected pop in housing sales in January was weather-related.
Brian Bethune
#Sales

The service sector is picking up some momentum.
Brian Bethune
#Service

The gradual cooling off of the housing market will be welcome news at the Federal Reserve.
Brian Bethune
#News

Existing sales peaked nationally back in September and have been coming down. The Northeast is following that pattern.
Brian Bethune
#Sales

We saw a big rebound in corporate profits and that's a good signal for continued business investment. That generally leads to hiring, which will help keep consumption going.
Brian Bethune
#Business

The manufacturing sector continues to steam-roll ahead. The stage is set for solid growth in the second quarter.
Brian Bethune
#Growth

The service sector is picking up some momentum. An excellent quarter is just baked in the cake.
Brian Bethune
#Service

Retail sales rebounded with some surprising vigor.
Brian Bethune
#Sales

With the expansion projected to accelerate in the third quarter and inflation projected to be contained, the Fed is expected to 'play the same tune' and 'dance the same step' into early 2006.
Brian Bethune
#Inflation

Generally speaking, when it is over 75% of GDP, then the yellow flag goes out. I would say 95% of GDP and over is definitely a red flag.
Brian Bethune
#GDP