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Jennifer Coskren

Senior Economist, Wood Products

Fastmarkets RISI

Jennifer Coskren joined Fastmarkets RISI in May of 2014. Prior to coming to Fastmarkets RISI, she worked as a Senior Economist for over twelve years at McGraw-Hill Construction, analyzing residential and nonresidential construction markets. She also developed new models to forecast state level housing starts and was responsible for the development and maintenance of the Dodge Momentum Index, a widely cited leading indicator of nonresidential construction spending. In addition, she provided consulting services, assisting clients with building models for internal company sales forecasting. She is now the author of the Structural Panel Commentary and is part of the team that produces the quarterly North American Wood Panels Forecast.


Structural panels outlook – OSB capacity, import levels, profitability

Session One - The Future of the Wood Products Market

Monday, 27 September, 2021 - 12:00

  • The outlook for supply and demand given the constraints engendered by the spread of COVID-19
  • OSB capacity and levels within North America currently
  • Offshore import levels within structural panels
  • Exploring current and future profitability levels in the sector

Outlook for the housing market – Spread of COVID-19 supercharged the market, outlook for single-family and multifamily housing starts

Session Two - Macroeconomics, market overviews and forecasts for the year ahead

Tuesday, 28 September, 2021 - 12:30

  • The housing market began 2021 on a strong note as demographics continue to support shelter demand
  • Housing construction is hot but spiraling material prices like lumber pose a risk
  • Affordability could become an increasing problem should interest rates rise significantly after the notable price appreciation in 2020
  • This presentation will examine the underlying fundamental demand for shelter and household formations and what that will mean for housing starts through 2023

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