Mischa Fisher

Chief Economist for ANGI Homeservices

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Mischa Fisher is the Chief Economist for ANGI Homeservices. Prior to assuming the role of Chief Economist with ANGI Homeservices, Mr. Fisher was Chief Economist at the State of Illinois where he served as the economic policy advisor to the Governor while overseeing the state agencies responsible for workforce, housing, and professional licensing.

In that role, Mr. Fisher designed many of the state’s efforts to compassionately improve capital and labor market liquidity while working on issues surrounding marketplace platforms, job mobility, and residential investment.

He is an instructor in quantitative analysis at Northwestern University SESP and was formerly a deputy director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and a legislative director in the United States Congress in Washington, D.C.

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Celebrating the Spirit of Entrepreneurship with HomeAdvisor Small Businesses

Americans love the handcrafted, local, and small scale. While our nation’s big businesses are now household names around the globe, we still respect and love small businesses. And that respect and love includes the skilled craftsperson providing small batch goods and services. This is true for everything from craft made whiskey and handmade bags, to…

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The Biggest Trend In Housing Economics?

There are all sorts of ways to look at and understand the dynamics of ownership characteristics within the housing market: new houses under construction, new houses sold, existing houses sold, the comparative mix of types of housing, the sales price of housing, average mortgage sizes, and a myriad of other metrics. Going deeper into understanding…

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September Employment Situation – Fall Fear Relieved

A bad string of manufacturing numbers reignited recessionary fears this week, but the growth of 136,000 jobs in September this morning serves as a timely reminder that a recession is not a foregone conclusion. There are five important things we need to keep in mind going into the fall: First, the September unemployment rate of…

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Jobs and Rate Cuts

This morning underscored why we saw two dissenting voices at the Fed meeting on Wednesday; no matter which way you look at it – employment numbers, unemployment rate, wage growth – the labor market remains strong and the American consumer continues to prop up the global economy. However, there is a real economic downside in…

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Rates Drop, What’s Next?

The quarter point drop is a welcome preventative measure. While the labor market and consumer spending remain strong, it increasingly looks as if the American consumer is propping up the global economy. An inverted yield curve, below-target inflation, continued trade uncertainty, and nervousness at the length of the expansion all have the potential to eventually…

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Existing Home Sales Disappoint, But Low Interest Rates Are Only Part of the Story

U.S home sales disappointed as a key economic indicator fell more than expected in June. Today the National Association of Realtors announced that existing home sales dropped 1.7% in June from the numbers seen in May. Economists previous consensus had forecasted a drop of only 0.2% in June. The drop was made more disappointing by…

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2019 Insights into the State of Home Spending

Do older houses need more emergency repairs? How much are people spending on home improvement? What’s the growth rate of overall spending and what factors contribute to annual household spending? Those insights and more are inside our recently launched 2019 State of Home Spending report. To understand any marketplace or economy, one must examine and…

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How Tariffs Could Impact your Bottom Line when Renovating your Home

More home improvement goods and materials could be subject to increased tariffs, and that has a ripple effect throughout home services. For a homeowner or customer, this could mean added service charges or an increase in the base price of services as these small businesses are pinched.

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March 2019 – Nationwide Job Numbers, A Dream for Spring

Published April 11, 2019 Independent of the ongoing debate about whether the Fed overreached on the pace of their interest rate increases, this morning’s March employment numbers are a great bump heading into the spring. The addition of 196,000 jobs is a welcome sign that the initial mediocre February payroll numbers of only 20,000 new…

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