Spot The Odd One Out

Tyler Durden's picture

Some nations around the world have cut back on household spending amid a growing sense that the current debt burdens are unsustainable and perhsps current lifestyles could be modestly sacrificed in the hope of a more sustainable tomorrow. There is, however, one rather large nation that has not only not slowed its spending habits but has accelerated it - can you spot which one?



Source: WSJ

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nope-1004's picture

If Canada were on that chart it would be higher than the US.  Their personal debt levels are much higher.

My computer has seen better days. lol.


Say What Again's picture

How come ZIMM is not on that chart?

"Zimbabwe was the best equity market in the past ten years but your entire portfolio will now buy you three eggs."

Ying-Yang's picture

We are the world, we are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day
So let's start giving
There's a choice we're making
We're saving our own lives
It's true we'll make a better day
Just you, me and 33 trillion

ZDRuX's picture

This is what limiting your spending has got you! On ZH with a broken computer!

max2205's picture

Ben needs to work/print at the world bank...fixed it

Sam Clemons's picture

Do the other nations use actual inflation figures to calculate this?

redd_green's picture

Sam, there's probably a hell of a lot less comic book than the BLS inflation numbers, eh?

in-Credible Banker's picture

Say IF Again.  They speak English in IF???



MassDecep's picture

It's called realizing my dollar is becoming not worth as much so i am buying as much food, ammo, PM's , and basic survival gear as I can get my grubby huge hands on!!!!

Cdad's picture

I rather doubt the yellow line is indicative of Prepper activity...but I would ask the much of that line is the effect of food and energy inflation?  Just out of curiousity.

obthedgehog's picture

Actually I was going to suggest lots of spending on guns, ammo, tools, pms, and food, which is *exactly* prepper activity.  Hard to say how that magnitude compares to buying into a new housing bubble or any other types of bubbles that may be blowing up...

But that's just me.  BTW I would think there would be a certain amount of inflation built into the other lines as well, no?

Say What Again's picture

Is this a trick question?

reTARD's picture

U.S.A. U.S.A. U.S.A.!!!

localsavage's picture

We will win at everything even the race for the bottom.  AMERICA FUCK YAH!!!!!!

moldygoat's picture

....."Lick my Bernank, and suck my Geithner!"

kw2012's picture

Ewww you havea Bernanke on your Geithner!

Squid Vicious's picture

MOAR stuff bitchez!! I can't wait to stuff myself with bud light and cheap snacks from Walmart during the Stupor Bowl!

mercenaryomics's picture

The chart is only missing FORWARD! 

Dick Darlington's picture

Considering what's been going on in european periphery Ireland and Spain look FAT.

Dollar Bill Hiccup's picture

European Homey don't have same printing press as Uncle Sammy.

Desert Irish's picture

Europe gets austerity and we get Bennybucks™   WINNING

SeattleBruce's picture

Til the world cuts off our money drug.

TBT or not TBT's picture

Drill baby drill is all I can say to that.    100% Domestic oil and gas... priced in our own currency...will be a big help, if Obummer's EPA and other anti-american lackeys in his cabinet can be distracted into foaming at the mouth about something other than the shale oil/gas revolution underway by the private sector.

Fedaykinx's picture

i'm surprised you haven't been swarmed with red arrows yet.

Dr. Engali's picture

See the American people aren't as stupid as we think. They are out spending the Bernanky bucks before they can't buy anything.  Besides the tv told us to go shopping. Kind of like Bush after 911...yeah we know 3000 people just died, just go shopping to honor them.


Edit...everybody is out buying guns and ammo.

NoDebt's picture

Almost everyone I know has a belief that we are in some kind of "end game" at this point.  They weren't fooled by the money printing, nor the stock market gains.  They know it's temporary and the pain of what should have happened in 08-09 has only been deferred, not fixed.  Many of them, like myself, know our generation is toast, but we would rather take the hit in our generation and not pass it along to our children.

And almost none of them have ever heard of ZH.  They put the basics together on their own, just talking with people they know.

In a way, I agree, they ARE smart.  Many are at least buying hard assets, although not always gold.  New roof on the house, new windows, new furnace, new car, portable generators and.... guns.  Lots of guns.  You would never know that accountant neighbor of yours with 2 kids in Cub Scouts also has an AR-15, 3 handguns and a "hallway clearing device" stashed at various places around his house.

Totentänzerlied's picture

" You would never know that accountant neighbor of yours with 2 kids in Cub Scouts also has an AR-15, 3 handguns and a "hallway clearing device" stashed at various places around his house."

And he's coming to take everything you own, by force, the day shit gets real.

akak's picture

I find your psychological projection of your own likely sociopathic tendencies quite fascinating, and disturbing, as such "might makes right" behavior between individuals as you describe is actually quite rare during crises, whether acute or chronic.

On the contrary, I believe that it is people like YOU, who implicitly assume that others will automatically pick up guns and assault their neighbors in a time of crisis, instead of banding together as most almost always do, who are the ones who truly need to be guarded against.

Dugald's picture

The terms sociopathic nut and American are mutually interchangeable

akak's picture

Thank you, AnAnonymous, for that crustiest bit of gratuitous anti-American bigotry.


You may now return to your regularly scheduled insanitation and citizenism.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

akak said:

You may now return to your regularly scheduled insanitation and citizenism.

The repeation of such crustiest bits of anti-citizenist 'americanism' is raw nutsery, resultings from lifelong of citizenismist endocrination.

Wonders if this guy must be a carrott of traffic somehow for pushing out stuff like that.

Bad Attitude's picture

"Almost everyone I know has a belief that we are in some kind of 'end game' at this point."

True. Unfortunately, too many of the people I know who have that feeling aren't yet sufficiently concerned to be acting on their beliefs.

TBT or not TBT's picture

That's everyone YOU know.   Note carefully, you read and post on ZH, so your sampling may be way biased.   Out here in northern california lots of people seem confident Gov Brown and Obama and progressivism will make all continue to get better.    Bought a new house here four months ago and the same model now sells for a 100 grand more than when we signed in May.    Makes little sense given the tax and regulatory hell out here, except as money sloshing into an asset category, so it can be somewhere concrete, nailed down.

swmnguy's picture

Good point.  I've been spending money as fast as I get it; new computers with upgrades, full reinsulation of my house, updated furnace, fixing up the cars; you name it.  Turning the Bernanke-Bucks into tangible things as fast as I can.

post turtle saver's picture

I thought that was the point... no incentive to save, just to spend, so spend. That's what they want, savers and stackers are evil.

Aductor's picture

Ah, one can always count on that nation. But then again, if you have no future, why not spend it all now?

Cursive's picture

Irish ain't thrifty.

THE DORK OF CORK's picture

Irish given credit hyperinflated euros are not thrifty..........


But what is the function of a economy ?


To save  ?


what are you saving ?


Your savings are part of the free baning nexus.


Those free banks create a dud asset to capture the declining fossil fuel capital base.


After some time the capital is gone.

No point in  saving.


Better to drink.

SeattleBruce's picture

"what are you saving ?"

Physical gold and silver...oh, except that boating accident a while back really took me back...

THE DORK OF CORK's picture

I save stout in my guts for a few hours and then piss it out.


Its a fluid medium of exchange.

TBT or not TBT's picture

Shouldn't there be a disclaimer on "boating accident" comments here?   It is a financial site and newbies might actually go do that.   Bodies of water are not FDIC insured, or not yet.    They probably figure the Pacific is too big to fail.  Tell that to some of my ancestors who walked across the Bering Strait 12K years ago, on dry land.

THE DORK OF CORK's picture

It just means our consumption is being exported to somewhere else.


I.e. Europe has become a banking / leper colony for its banks wage arbitrage operations as our savings are not local to the nation state  / local economic hinterland anymore.


PS whats the unit of account for those graph thingies ?


I find these generic graphs mean nothing in the end.

Italys oil consumption is back to the mid / late 1960s level despite a much higher population and its people living in a more credit hyperinflated envoirnment with high constant basic input /oil costs.....and modern cars which are less fuel efficient then the old fiat 500s

Much smaller family sizes increase input costs per prson to a very large degree.

Now thats real.



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