Time for our annual look at the Case-Shiller index (data here - link to the excel file on housing data is about 2/3 of the way down the page). I have calculated the yearly index values from the average of the four quarterly index values where present, and used only the annual index values from the beginning of the data set.

Below we see the phase space portrait (four year lag) since 1894 (annual).

The housing bubble is being reinflated. The projected future trajectory of the system has been deflected away from the big area of stability (1896-1915 and 1948-1999) back towards the bubble that followed Y2K.

Sadly, it is likely to be wasted, as there is no area of stability to occupy. The most likely scenario is another bubble like the last one; one that makes people rich and excited for a brief time.

Maybe they are hoping to create an area of stability if they can force the market to a desired level and hold it there. It might work. But maintaining a false equilibrium in a self-organizing system is like maintaining the balance of a bathtub on top of a broomstick by pouring increasing volumes of water into the tub. From a distance.

Here is the quarterly chart.

It's Yellen's move. Just a couple of quick pointers--for reasons of geometry, any area of stability has to lie along the y=x line; and a move down to the 112 level on the y-axis is baked in the cake for first quarter of 2016. Whether the curve will approach the plotted point for the first quarter of 2003 or some other point will be up to you.

Below we see the phase space portrait (four year lag) since 1894 (annual).

The housing bubble is being reinflated. The projected future trajectory of the system has been deflected away from the big area of stability (1896-1915 and 1948-1999) back towards the bubble that followed Y2K.

Sadly, it is likely to be wasted, as there is no area of stability to occupy. The most likely scenario is another bubble like the last one; one that makes people rich and excited for a brief time.

Maybe they are hoping to create an area of stability if they can force the market to a desired level and hold it there. It might work. But maintaining a false equilibrium in a self-organizing system is like maintaining the balance of a bathtub on top of a broomstick by pouring increasing volumes of water into the tub. From a distance.

Here is the quarterly chart.

It's Yellen's move. Just a couple of quick pointers--for reasons of geometry, any area of stability has to lie along the y=x line; and a move down to the 112 level on the y-axis is baked in the cake for first quarter of 2016. Whether the curve will approach the plotted point for the first quarter of 2003 or some other point will be up to you.