Jason Hartman talks with Frances Donald, Senior Economist at Manulife Asset Management and Chief Economist at John Hancock Financial Services. The two discuss consumer, investor, and executive sentiment numbers in the home and job market. Frances can’t say for certain whether or not Trump is the reason behind the economic resurgence, but she does believe Trump’s potential policy changes are the reason behind the stock market rally.

Frances and Jason also discuss how the real estate market still has pent up demand despite growing student loan debt and young people being unable to buy homes.

Key Takeaways:

[1:12] Investor sentiment gives a positive outlook for the US economy

[3:54] Is Trump the cause of the economic forecast?

[5:11] Rising interest rates present a challenge for the housing market

[8:12] Trump is inspiring confidence in companies all across the country

[9:53] Real estate investment is a small part of the total economy

[14:30] There are two true drivers of rental housing

[17:02] The housing and rental markets are not currently in their natural order

[20:41] The importance of demographics in relation to wage growth

Websites:

www.JohnHancock.com

@FrancesDonald

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