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Juli Niemann is St. Louis' oldest, non-retired analyst. She works for Smith, Moore and Company as executive vice-president for research and portfolio management.  She has worked in the investment industry for over 40 years. Niemann was recently profiled in St. Louis Magazine.   

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Features by Juli Niemann

A mixed picture in housing

The latest news in the housing market: New home construction fell last month, but building permits were up to their highest level since 2008.
Posted In: housing market, Housing, construction

Hesitant outlook for small business owners

The index of Small Business Optimism fell by a tenth of a percent last month, but small businesses that weathered the recession may finally be beginning to hire.
Posted In: Small Business, recession, net worth

Is it time for the U.S. to borrow big?

Spain nears a credit crisis, worldwide markets are down, and U.S. borrowing costs near zero. Some economists argue this economic instant is the best time for the U.S. government to invest in infrastructure projects.
Posted In: spain, Europe debt crisis, U.S., interest rates

Housing market may finally be bottoming out

Housing prices in March were up a tiny bit from the month before, but it is the first time in seven months that the data hasn't shown a decline.
Posted In: housing market, consumer confidence, Unemployment

Iran accepts U.N. investigation of nuclear program

The top nuclear official at the United Nations said today that a deal has been reached with Iran to allow the U.N.’s investigation into Iran’s nuclear program to continue. So what does this mean for the price of oil, which spiked earlier this year because of tensions with Iran?
Posted In: Iran, Oil, United Nations, gas prices

JPMorgan shareholder meeting today in Tampa

In Tampa, Fla. today, there's a JPMorgan Chase shareholder meeting going on. Not a great time for CEO Jamie Dimon to face shareholders, given the $2 billion trading loss he announced last week.
Posted In: banking, JPMorgan, Jamie Dimon

Why are gas prices falling?

Analyst Juli Niemann discusses the latest with gas prices and whether we can expect a rise in prices during the summer driving season.
Posted In: gas, gas prices

Home prices stay flat, tech bubble could burst

U.S. home prices stayed basically flat in February according to the S&P Case-Shiller Index. Without adjusting for seasonal fluctuations, prices actually dropped 0.8 percent to reach the lowest level since 2002.
Posted In: Housing, technology, bubbles

Housing starts drop, a crackdown on oil price manipulation

There was an unexpected drop last month in housing starts. Meanwhile, President Obama has plans to crack down on those who manipulate oil prices.
Posted In: Oil, Housing

The sinking price of natural gas

Anyone who’s filled up a gas tank recently would probably conclude there’s not enough supply and there’s too much demand, that’s why it costs almost $4 on average a gallon nationwide to fill up your tank. But when it comes to natural gas the supply demand problem is just the opposite.
Posted In: natural gas, demand

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