As we have discussed many times in the past, for the Average American, owning a home is increasingly unaffordable. This has led to a dramatic surge in rents, and ultimately to a significant squeeze on the cash flow of renters across the nation. As Hillbama slam any fiction-peddler as unpatriotic, the inconvenient trith is that while nearly universal among lowest-income households, cost burdens are rapidly spreading among moderate-income households as well, especially in higher-cost coastal markets.
Brexit is the biggest electorate riposte yet to The Age Of Inequality created by policymakers to save (some) of the world, and as BofAML's Michael Hartnett warns, investors must anticipate a shift to an increasingly populist policy response. The backdrop of Quantitative Failure nonetheless means a renewed bull market in risk assets is impossible unless fiscal policy can quickly arrest the downside in GDP & EPS forecasts.
The British Exodus could easily create an undertow that sucks up and flushes other nations away from the EU like falling into an active lava tube. The biggest single rip in the European fabric that could happen has happened, forcing all of Europe to face its flaws.
Angela Merkel sought to temper pressure from Paris, Brussels and her own government to force Britain into negotiating a quick divorce from the EU, despite warnings that hesitation will let populism take hold. Eurosceptics in other member states applauded Britons' decision to leave the European Union in a referendum that sent shockwaves around the world, with far-right demands for a similar vote in Slovakia underlining the risk of a domino effect. Meanwhile, the EU is urging Cameron to promptly trigger Article 50, even as nobody really knows what the UK will do next...
"... such measures would entail amendment of section 29 of the Scotland Act 1998, which binds the Scottish Parliament to act in a manner compatible with EU law, and he therefore believed that the Scottish Parliament’s consent would be required. He could envisage certain political advantages being drawn from not giving consent."
Regular readers are well aware that residents are rushing out of California in droves for many reason, least of which is the high cost of living. For those older California residents that choose to stay however because they simply can't uproot their lives and start "fresh" somewhere else, the reality is even more gruesome as they have no choice but to continue working into their retirement years. More than 740,000 Californians between the ages 65 and 74 are still employed or looking for work the Sacramento Bee reports, and the reasons are largely attributable to money.
British voters may not know what they will get with an independent Britain, but they knew that something was rotten, not just in Denmark, but all over the European Union. The same holds true in the United States. Until our leaders can paint more realistic pictures of where we are and where we are going, we should expect more “surprises” like the one we got yesterday.
The reaction of the financial markets to the leave vote means that central banks are running out room to maneuverr. This impacts the outlook for each driver of the gold price and means that the price outlook becomes increasingly skewed to the upside.
"There is a declining middle class in the Bay Area. Widening income inequality can create polarization socially and economically...They are tired of the state of California and the endless taxes here. People are getting soaked every time they turn around."
So ride your bubble of choice up--stocks, bonds, housing, bat guano, take your pick--but it's best to keep your thumb on the sell button and your mind attuned to the many needles and nails pressing aginst the thin membrane of the bubble.
In the aftermath of the Brexit vote, the entire concept of a European Union suddenly finds itself existentially threatened, with demands for referenda issued overnight by the Netherlands, France, Italy and moments ago Scotland. This is why all the highest European institutions have been unleashed in an attempt to quell a panic that the EU has never felt, not even during the depths of the recurring Greek insolvency crisis.