David Blitzer

Chairman of the Index Committee
S&P Dow Jones Indices
Biography

David M. Blitzer is managing director and chairman of the Index Committee with overall responsibility for index security selection, as well as index analysis and management.

Prior to becoming Chairman of the Index Committee, Dr. Blitzer was Standard & Poor’s Chief Economist.  Before joining Standard & Poor's, he was Corporate Economist at The McGraw-Hill Companies, S&P's parent corporation.  Prior to that, he was a Senior Economic Analyst with National Economic Research Associates, Inc. and did consulting work for various government and private sector agencies including the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, the National Commission on Materials Policy and Natural Resources Defense Council.

Dr. Blitzer is the author of Outpacing the Pros: Using Indices to Beat Wall Street’s Savviest Money Managers, (McGraw-Hill, 2001) and What’s the Economy Trying to Tell You? Everyone’s Guide to Understanding and Profiting from the Economy, (McGraw-Hill, 1997).  In the year 2000, Dr. Blitzer was named to SmartMoney magazine’s distinguished list of the 30 most influential people in the world of investing, which ranked him seventh, and in the year 1998, Dr. Blitzer was named the nation’s top economist, receiving the Blue Chip Economic Forecasting Award for most accurately predicting the country’s leading economic indicators for four years in a row.  A well-known speaker at investing and indexing conferences, Dr. Blitzer is often quoted in the national business press, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Financial Times, and various other financial and industry publications.  He is frequently heard on local and national television and radio.

A graduate of Cornell University with a B.S. in engineering, Dr. Blitzer received his M.A. in economics from the George Washington University and his Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University.

Author Archives: David Blitzer

What Next For Home Prices?

The next S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price report is due Tuesday morning at 9 AM ET. Lately prices have been showing signs of softness with lower annual gains reported each  month compared to the previous month. While most economic indicators are looking better, housing and home building are sending mixed signals. But before writing off housing or […]

Foreclosure Activity Rises 15% In October Driven By 17-Month High In Scheduled Foreclosure Auctions

RealtyTrac® , released its October 2014 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report™ showing foreclosure filings — default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions — were reported on 123,109 U.S. properties in October, an increase of 15% from the previous month but still down 8% from a year ago. The 15% monthly increase was the largest month-over-month increase since […]

How the Cities Did – August 2014

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U.S. Foreclosure Activity Edges Up in Third Quarter for First Increase In Three Years

RealtyTrac® (www.realtytrac.com), released its U.S. Foreclosure Market Report™ for September and the third quarter of 2014, which shows foreclosure filings — default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions — were reported on 317,171 U.S. properties in the third quarter, down 16 % from a year ago but up 0.42 % from the previous quarter — […]

How the Cities Did in July 2014

What Ails Housing Starts

August housing starts, reported today, were disappointing at 956,000 units, a drop of 14.4% from July and 8% from August last year. Only twice this year have monthly reports of housing starts topped a million units at annual rates – from 1991 to the financial crisis in 2008, starts were never below one million.  To […]

How the Cities Did in June 2014

All Cash and Institutional Investor Shares of Home Sales Drop

RealtyTrac® released its Q2 2014 U.S. Institutional Investor & Cash Sales Report, showing all-cash sales accounted for 37.9% of all sales of single family homes and condos nationwide in the second quarter, down from a three-year high of 42.0% in the previous quarter but up from 35.7% in a year ago. The report also shows […]

Foreclosure Activity Rises 2% in July, Down 16% Year-over-Year

RealtyTrac® reported today that there were foreclosure filings — default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions — in July 2014 on 109,434 U.S. properties, an increase of 2% from the previous month but down 16% from a year ago. One in every 1,203 U.S. housing units with a foreclosure filing during the month. July was […]

How the Cities Did in May 2014

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