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The Relentless Household Deleveraging In Charts

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While the narrower spreads in Europe created the unintended consequence of perversely reducing the urgency for banks to delever their over-stuffed balance sheets (and in fact in many cases likely make them worse thanks to the ECB), the US Household continues to (sensibly) slowly but surely reduce their leverage. As today's Bloomberg Brief notes though, the slow pace of deleveraging will continue to weigh on growth over the next few years - even as they have drawn down debt as a percentage of personal income from its peak in June 2009 at 114.76% to 101.1% at the end of 2012. There is a long way to go to the apparent Maginot line of supposedly sustainable 90% and with wage growth stagnant, the bulk will come from debt reduction in true balance-sheet-recession style - putting still more pressure on a perniciously polarized government to do anything about it.

While progress has been made, there is still a long way to go for the US Household to get to supposedly sustainable levels of debt to personal income...

...and it seems there is no interest in ramping up the spending that we do not have as credit card accounts remain dramatically lower than pre-debt super-cycle peaks...

...and while any deleveraging is good deleveraging, write-downs and defaults seem top of the list and the stability of recent months in 90-day delinquencies does not suggest 'improvement' as much as a pause in the pain...


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Wed, 02/29/2012 - 10:37 | 2207659 4realmoney
Wed, 02/29/2012 - 10:41 | 2207669 battle axe
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Ron Paul will never get elected to the presidency. But he makes some good points. 

Wed, 02/29/2012 - 11:53 | 2208008 mraptor
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It is good he wont become president. because whoever get elected now will get blamed for the biggest crisis... not Bush and Obama..

Wed, 02/29/2012 - 14:14 | 2208837 A Nanny Moose
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About the only logical reason to NOT want Ron Paul as President is so Libertarians aren't blamed when that light at the end of the tunnel turns out to be a freight train.

Wed, 02/29/2012 - 11:55 | 2208019 JPM Hater001
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Well, you will never be elected and make a bad point.  Never let a crisis go to waste and there is one a-brewin.

Ron Paul wins every survey on "Who understands the economy best."


Wed, 02/29/2012 - 10:44 | 2207678 Born Patriot
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When are people going to admit that the economy is suffering because of decades of multiculturalism? This is blindingly obvious to patriots across America. We need to restore true American values and culture and get back to the CONSTITUTION. Only then can we restore prosperity to this great country. Vote Ron Paul 2012!!!

Wed, 02/29/2012 - 10:45 | 2207685 jm
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Shut up.

Wed, 02/29/2012 - 10:52 | 2207705 tmosley
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Literally everyone here knows it's you, RNR.  

Stop playing these stupid, childish games.

Wed, 02/29/2012 - 11:02 | 2207739 battle axe
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Nice flag inbred. 

Wed, 02/29/2012 - 11:51 | 2208004 JPM Hater001
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Hey, isn't our monetary system based on the need to loan as much as last year plus the interest difference?

Rut roh.

Wed, 02/29/2012 - 11:57 | 2208038 JPM Hater001
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Please stop saying dumb things with Dr Pauls name in the context.

liberal-ism, fascism, communism, socialism would have all worked but if you want to blame multi-culturalism you're in the wrong country.

Wed, 02/29/2012 - 18:08 | 2210017 Sans-culottes
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Because you are living in the 1800s, how did you manage to learn to use the internet and of all things find ZH? Damn time traveling confederates

Wed, 02/29/2012 - 22:02 | 2210724 Nigh Eve
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"Born Patriot" is likely a "false flag" operative posting messages for the benefit of someone who is opposed to Ron Paul.

Wed, 02/29/2012 - 10:38 | 2207661 LawsofPhysics
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Very similar to pre-depression deleveraging.  The reason why my Grandfather and his generation always used cash and held some PMs.

Wed, 02/29/2012 - 10:47 | 2207691 bdc63
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Our grandfathers' generation is known as "the greatest generation" for a lot of reasons, and that is one of them.

I wonder if we will ever be "great" again ...

Wed, 02/29/2012 - 10:49 | 2207699 Moneyswirth
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We will be "great" salt miners for our Chinese overlords soon

Wed, 02/29/2012 - 10:53 | 2207707 SheepDog-One
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'The Greatest Generation' will be crushed soon when the next default robs all their pensions and 401K's.

Wed, 02/29/2012 - 11:08 | 2207762 LawsofPhysics
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SD,  most of that generation is dead.  You are referring to their spoiled kids, the baby-boomers.

Wed, 02/29/2012 - 11:13 | 2207796 SheepDog-One
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Yep, and they created most all of this shit.

Wed, 02/29/2012 - 15:03 | 2209095 ONO47
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Well, it looks like we will have the opportunity to show future generation what we are made of.

Wed, 02/29/2012 - 18:24 | 2210073 bdc63
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nice positive spin!  I like it.

Wed, 02/29/2012 - 10:55 | 2207712 midtowng
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These charts may be bad in the short-term, but they are very good in the long-term.

Wed, 02/29/2012 - 12:25 | 2208239 Ghordius
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I still have trouble in believing the rise in mortgages in the first part of the chart... Wow. Every time I am just stupified... For partecipants it must have been one hell of a ride...

Wed, 02/29/2012 - 10:39 | 2207663 Moneyswirth
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Of course this will get worse.  Do we honestly believe everyone will be paying cash for the new iPad 3?  Get real...

Wed, 02/29/2012 - 10:40 | 2207664 DormRoom
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the entire financial environment is like boiling a frog.  Those in the know, believe they can get out in time, given their access to information, and political structures,  while the rest of society doesn't even know how the Central Banks have put them in a pot.

Wed, 02/29/2012 - 10:40 | 2207665 battle axe
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Sure the US public is deleveraging, it is called walking away from your mortgage on your underwater house. 

Wed, 02/29/2012 - 10:57 | 2207716 francis_sawyer
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Might as well just juxtapose the chart line against what the Treasury heaps on the public debt... I'd guess it matches dollar for dollar (minus the cut that the banks get to convert into raw materials & PM's)...


Wed, 02/29/2012 - 17:39 | 2209881 dolly madison
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Yes, and walking away from credit cards.  It's a good thing for breaking the machine,

Wed, 02/29/2012 - 10:41 | 2207668 SheepDog-One
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Pfffft...whatever....just print $300 million dollars, send checks out to every american, everyone in america a millionaire. Problem solved. Where do I pick up my Nobel prize in economics?

Wed, 02/29/2012 - 11:21 | 2207831 Problem Is
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Barry Soetoro has an extra Nobel peace prize he isn't using...

Wed, 02/29/2012 - 10:42 | 2207670 TigerTrail
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All Negative news is "Bullish"


Relentless Rally in Dow Continues.......

Wed, 02/29/2012 - 10:42 | 2207675 Moneyswirth
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ALL news is bullish

Wed, 02/29/2012 - 10:44 | 2207684 SheepDog-One
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Yea. Well, until it suddenly isnt, then everyone sits stunned wondering what happened since new highs were so guaranteed thru this year.

Wed, 02/29/2012 - 10:48 | 2207698 bdc63
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Not to worry ... Uncle Benny stands ready to push the print button at a moments notice ...

Wed, 02/29/2012 - 10:52 | 2207704 SheepDog-One
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Well thats what they want everyone to think anyway, that markets will never go down again. They can buy it all they like, Im not near that stupid.

Wed, 02/29/2012 - 11:10 | 2207778 pacu44
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He never stopped printing... Just sitting on the warehouse floor ready for shipment...

Ben doesnt know how to stop printing, he is testing his release theory(z)

Wed, 02/29/2012 - 11:26 | 2207857 Problem Is
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The Bernank's Nightmare

Cue-bald Bennie wakes up at 4am every morning with his lip quivering and beads of sweat on his bare cranial...

Dreaming his printer's Bernanke Buck Green ink cartridge just ran dry...

Wed, 02/29/2012 - 11:36 | 2207905 eddiebe
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?Whatever. Bernie wakes up, has a cup of the best coffee FRN's can buy on his all paid for platinum card issued by JPM, smiles at himself in the mirror and then goes down in the basement, opens his vault and admires his stack of gold kilo bars.

 Ahhhh, that's the way.     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3svW8PM_jc

Wed, 02/29/2012 - 11:46 | 2207964 Confused
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Do demons really need sleep?

Wed, 02/29/2012 - 10:42 | 2207671 Eally Ucked
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It looks to me that the whole deleveraging occurs in mortgage area. So suddenly Americans started to overpay their mortgages? Or maybe they got chased out from their houses by the banks?

Wed, 02/29/2012 - 11:31 | 2207885 MachoMan
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It isn't that banks aren't trying to work through their shadow inventory, it's just that they can't all at once.  As a result, the banks that are "on the ball" are trickling through the losses as they get NSF and other bullshit fees to compensate.

Wed, 02/29/2012 - 10:43 | 2207676 TigerTrail
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Remember the Algorithms are based on "Human-Psychology"

Wed, 02/29/2012 - 10:44 | 2207681 TigerTrail
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Dow 14k in sight ?

Wed, 02/29/2012 - 10:48 | 2207687 SheepDog-One
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Only 10 more avg trading days left until previous insane mega-bubble market tops are blasted thru! 

Except last time DOW was at 14,000, a barrel of oil cost $30. This bubble pop is going to be very nasty. Everyone all-in on this one will be devastated for life.


Wed, 02/29/2012 - 10:53 | 2207709 resurger
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is this any good?

ProShares Trust Ultra VIX Short (UVXY)


I want to load up?

Wed, 02/29/2012 - 11:16 | 2207815 SheepDog-One
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Who knows?

Wed, 02/29/2012 - 11:22 | 2207842 resurger
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Then its good. thnx

Wed, 02/29/2012 - 11:30 | 2207882 Problem Is
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If it keeps going up your trades will be cancelled in the next flash crash...

Jamie & The Corz will officially vaporize your account...

Wed, 02/29/2012 - 12:23 | 2208228 resurger
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Cant eliminate that possibility problem

In the next flash crash lots of people accounts will be vaporized, especially the Bulls.

Wed, 02/29/2012 - 10:59 | 2207723 Village Smithy
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There are a lot of people out there who haven't hedged in any way and think they are just going to get out when the market turns. I wish them luck.  The PPT is going to be overwelmed.

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