Biderman: "We Are In The First Quarter Of The Next Recession"

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Rick Davis of The Consumer Metrics Institute plays Clark Kent to Charles Biderman's Superman as the two dig into just how manipulated and misreported the latest GDP data from the government was. Critically, they break down the components and using inflation levels (CPI-U or The BPP) that make some sense when considered with energy price movements during this quarter (as opposed to the deflator that was 'selected' by the BEA) Davis and Biderman are "really worried" that the real economy appears to be in a contractionary state if inflation is adjusted for correctly. Even the anemic 1.88% growth rate is 'very very poor' for an economy that is supposed to be 3 years into a recovery. The per-capita income (the money available to all households to spend) actually shrank - even using the BEA's inflation data. This juxtaposes shrinking household disposable income with a real economy supposedly growing (though slowly) which was driven almost exclusively by consumer spending - leaving Davis and Biderman questioning 'where this money is coming from?'. The simple answer is the savings rate has plunged, freeing up over $200bn in annual spending (and student loans have added another $100bn, refis $50bn, and strategic defaults $80bn) - all unsustainable one-time increases. This is what is really scary behind the GDP numbers. Spending is not coming from income. While much is made of the drop in spending driven by the fall in oil prices, Davis points out that the consumer is hitting a wall with his savings and concludes that the BEA is notoriously bad at calling turning points (only getting the Great Recession 'direction' correct after 16 months and magnitude after 40 months) - leaving him of the opinion that we may well be in the first quarter of the next recession.



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Fri, 06/08/2012 - 14:37 | 2508174 veyron
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How did the FB IPO play work out Biderman?  Did you ever sell?

Fri, 06/08/2012 - 14:40 | 2508190 DoChenRollingBearing
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+ 1 veyron, LOL

This is as good a place as any to mention that Ameru had its first "international" sale!


"Ameru's First International Sale"

Fri, 06/08/2012 - 14:42 | 2508199 King_of_simpletons
Fri, 06/08/2012 - 14:46 | 2508216 DoChenRollingBearing
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+ 1

I cashed in my IRA in late 2008.  Paid the txes and penalties.  But the money is now mine!

Fri, 06/08/2012 - 14:48 | 2508225 Magnix
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as small as $1,000? LOL

Fri, 06/08/2012 - 15:35 | 2508385 DoChenRollingBearing
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A lot more...  I'll just leave it at that.

Fri, 06/08/2012 - 15:59 | 2508461 5880
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Great NPV math

Fri, 06/08/2012 - 16:21 | 2508565 B-rock
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Trade the lies, not the truth.

Fri, 06/08/2012 - 16:47 | 2508678 JR
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Many thieves unfortunately find a powerful partner in their activities - the enabler, the Congress of the United States. It's one thing to have a do-nothing Congress; it's quite another to have lawmakers acting as pimps - using us in order to ride around in limousines.


Fri, 06/08/2012 - 14:41 | 2508192 Ahmeexnal
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QE(N+1) will send Fraudbook stocks soaring.....along with the price of a supersized Mac lunch.

Fri, 06/08/2012 - 17:51 | 2508895 Lester
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The USA has been in a Recession since 1992, if not 1988....

For almost 24yrs the deficit spending and off-the-books manipulation of government have disguised the Deliberate Starvation of the so-called American Buisiness Engine.  Remember Ross Perot's "sucking sound"?  That was the ABE sucking air since nothing else remained to make things "run".

America has been "throttled", like strangled.  It has been done Deliberately.

This is Depression.  Has been since 2007. If you backed-out all the government spending, and government influenced & gov't responsible spending, the fact of Depression is plain.

30,000,000 Americans on food assistance since 2009 with numbers rising about a million a month.   Not sign of a Depression to you?

In 2010, Big -0- removed 25% of the Dept of Agriculture "food stamp" funding to give that money to Several States that could not meet Teacher Payrolls.  How is that for Depression?

Now the One Way Fucks still talk austerity?


The Soft-Sell is the only sale.  Even on this site, you are being placated and fed pablum.  Not intentionally, maybe...  Demand for financial news is high (for some reason).  As if you can believe any of this bullshit! 

The American Depression of the 30s was a CAKE WALK compared to what is happening NOW In America.  50,000,000 on food stamps.  Trillions in Looted Give-Aways to fascist corporations, but the people whose taxes were used against them to ruin business and drop home equity values and eliminate jobs are now forgotten? 

Government Owed Citizens a DUE DILLIGENCE.  Government chose to murder the economy and slaughter its citizenry economically, socially, and morally.

Depression?  American Citizens are analogous to 30s & 40s European Jewry with the Betrayal, Fraud, and Intent To Abandon To Murder we face from our Government NOW!

Depression would be a Fucking Cakewalk this is an early stage genocide...


Sat, 06/09/2012 - 01:50 | 2509712 monad
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Great rant. Have more children.

Sat, 06/09/2012 - 02:05 | 2509716 GMadScientist
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1972, but you're on the right track.

Fri, 06/08/2012 - 14:37 | 2508175 The Devil
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Just as planned Jamie and Ben.  The world will know when it's too late.  Rise my children!

Fri, 06/08/2012 - 14:40 | 2508187 RyanW525
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I thought this was year 4 of the current depression?

Fri, 06/08/2012 - 14:47 | 2508220 DoChenRollingBearing
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I feel the same way, + 1

Fri, 06/08/2012 - 15:08 | 2508286 Shizzmoney
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No, it's year 5 of the Great Recession.....this actually started back in 2007, when at the beginning of the year, Hank Paulson said, "This is one of the more stronger economies I have ever seen."  Like George Constanza, think the opposite, and you'll get the real true answer.

It's not Great Depression 2.0, yet.  People are still getting benefits, welfare, and as my buddy Phil Auerswald told me, the showers and shitters are still working.

The day you wake up, and turn on the faucet and flush the toliet and get no response?  That's when you'll know we are in a Depression.

Fri, 06/08/2012 - 15:40 | 2508398 RyanW525
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Damn...i didnt know indoor plumbing completely ceased in the 1930's...

Fri, 06/08/2012 - 14:40 | 2508189 Newsboy
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Confirmation of recessionary second leg down will be released in a year, and will be irrelevant...

Fri, 06/08/2012 - 14:41 | 2508194 caimen garou
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I did'nt know we were out of the first recession.

Sat, 06/09/2012 - 09:30 | 2510002 trebuchet
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Thats why they call it "double dip"

Fri, 06/08/2012 - 14:41 | 2508196 Lucky Guesst
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"we may well be in the first quarter of the next recession."

AKA for those not in banking, wall street or the public sector.... the last recession.

Fri, 06/08/2012 - 16:16 | 2508551 Rockfish
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AKA for those not in banking, wall street or the public sector..

If you mean the rest of us? 85%.  I can not agree more.  But taked heart that other 15% will be joining us soon.  

Fri, 06/08/2012 - 17:40 | 2508863 Lucky Guesst
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Good, misery loves company :-)

Fri, 06/08/2012 - 14:42 | 2508200 sbenard
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John Hussman just made the same call!

Fri, 06/08/2012 - 17:32 | 2508838 HarryM
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Another recession , here comes another rally

People will be eating each other and the DOW will be at 14000




Fri, 06/08/2012 - 14:42 | 2508201 fonzannoon
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For anyone not familiar with Biderman. I would love to see his Ben Stein letter to Schiff.

Fri, 06/08/2012 - 15:20 | 2508318 Shizzmoney
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I miss that Peter Schiff, when he opted to talk more sense and numbers, rather than now with his hackney "Obama sucks....regulations...maw maw maw" jive that really is just a projection about the complaint of his higher end clinets.

Schiff's fundamentals are there, and he knows his stuff....he just is so willing to wave the GOP flag and not understand that what's good for him, isn't necessiarily good for the people. 

It is funny the guy recommends buying gold/silver everytime a toaster oven pops up, though.

Sat, 06/09/2012 - 02:25 | 2509727 GMadScientist
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'Zactly...a smart guy that is too annoying to lsten to for most folks.

He also has a distinct air of used-car salesman about him.

Fri, 06/08/2012 - 17:56 | 2508906 TeMpTeK
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Biderman has aged 20 years since 2006

Fri, 06/08/2012 - 14:42 | 2508202 adr
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What cracked me up was a Yahoo finance article writing about how Gen Y and the millenials are going to go rushing head on into stocks.

WITH WHAT? Iou's? Magic fairy dust?

Beyond the anemic disposable income used on disposable crap, anyone under 30 doesn't have a spare dime to throw in the stock market.

Fri, 06/08/2012 - 15:32 | 2508376 ReactionToClose...
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it took me a long while to conclude that YahooFinance is weak and semi-always-bullish hypesters.

In fact, even though most Amerikans probably get their 'news' now from Yahoo, I'm concluding they are pretty shoddy .. news, finance and especially sports


Fri, 06/08/2012 - 15:56 | 2508446 therearetoomany...
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That's why I follow Cramer

Fri, 06/08/2012 - 15:56 | 2508443 therearetoomany...
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O'blunder's 3000  bucks

Sat, 06/09/2012 - 02:27 | 2509732 GMadScientist
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They trust they'll grow up, sell out, and turn off right arm schedule.

Fri, 06/08/2012 - 14:43 | 2508204 BlueStreet
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The second quarter will happen in the spring of 2013, third quarter in the spring of 2014, etc. 

Sat, 06/09/2012 - 02:28 | 2509733 GMadScientist
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I'm detecting a distinct doppler shift...

Fri, 06/08/2012 - 14:44 | 2508206 kralizec
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Ride the decline.

Like Slim Pickens on that missile...yeeeehaaaaaawww!

Fri, 06/08/2012 - 14:44 | 2508209 disabledvet
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I already questioned this ethos at Econ monitor. (good site btw.) how are their numbers better than the government's again? Anywho I can understand how if prices are falling 2% growth can have a "rock star quality" to it. And of course I can understand how their version of reality sounds good to them too. How many people say "their version of reality is bad for them" again?

Fri, 06/08/2012 - 14:51 | 2508231 Dr. Engali
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Biderman: "We Are In The First Quarter Of The Next Recession"


So does that mean we are out of the depression that started in 2000?

Fri, 06/08/2012 - 14:51 | 2508233 SmoothCoolSmoke
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Dow did not get the memo, at least today.   I've seem some BS up-days but this one may take the cake.

Fri, 06/08/2012 - 14:54 | 2508244 fonzannoon
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Dude no joke. All major indices up, oil down, dollar up and treasuries and gold just sittin on the sidelines. Ben hit this one 275 down the middle today. Wow.

Fri, 06/08/2012 - 14:56 | 2508253 docj
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Yep - global economy swirling the bowl (again, 4-years on, now), not even a hint of even a BS solution out of EU or Benron, we're broker than ever...


Yep, perfectly functioning, normal, rational "market" we have there.

Fri, 06/08/2012 - 15:17 | 2508301 Keith Piccirillo
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Good Hoyvin Glavin.

Sat, 06/09/2012 - 02:29 | 2509736 GMadScientist
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Fri, 06/08/2012 - 14:52 | 2508234 sbenard
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Good info in the video! I didn't know that manipulated inflation data is a manipulation method to concoct GDP. It's much worse than I imagined! Thanks for posting this!

Meanwhile, stocks continue in their bubble! Wall St is having another Pollyanna Party!

Fri, 06/08/2012 - 15:05 | 2508279 Jlmadyson
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BEA a complete joke confirmed. As many of us have said all along it will all come back around making 08 look really good in comparison.

Fri, 06/08/2012 - 15:11 | 2508290 virgilcaine
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Close will be red.  Alot can happen over a weekend.

Fri, 06/08/2012 - 15:11 | 2508291 slewie the pi-rat
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you gotta be wasted just to write that great intro, tyler

when you go with the gusto: Spending is not coming from income.  i'm afraid you might confuse the noobies who will wonder:  wtf?  consumer spending?  goobermint spending?  or (gasp) ...both?

in a recession?

don't stop now!

Fri, 06/08/2012 - 15:26 | 2508346 JackT
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Why didn't you include Part 2 of the discussion?

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