Approaching May ’18 expiration w/convergence => CS (10-city) HPA expectations (6.4%)?

Every quarterly expiration of a CME Case Shiller home price index contract is an opportunity to remind readers about the cash settlement features of these contracts, and how quotes on the expiring contracts might be used to get a sense of “market-implied” HPAs.

For example, the table below shows (in … Read More

Basics: What If CUS Index composition weights change?

The weighting for Case Shiller composite indices (e.g. CUS 10-city, referenced in the CME contracts) may be adjusted 2- 3 years after the 2010 census, per the Case Shiller index methodology.  I raise this notion to: 1) increase awareness, 2) minimize concern, and 3) invite those who better understand index … Read More