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Small Business Confidence Plunges Most In 24 Months

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Engine of growth?; job creators?; Obamacare sufferers?; the sad reality is that small business in the US has just rolled over. From a slow leak higher in confidence this year, Small Business Confidence has just plunged by its largest in 24 months to its lowest level since October 2011. Seems like perfectly timed for a fall election.


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Tue, 07/10/2012 - 08:33 | Link to Comment Cursive
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Must.  Extend.  Bush.  Tax.  Cuts.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 08:35 | Link to Comment BandGap
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My brother owns a small business and is doing well.  But with the healthcare BS coming down on him he just caved in and pays more based on his accountant's opinion.

He is regulated beyond belief and still manages to employ 12-15 people. Tries his best and gets punched in the stomach for his efforts.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 08:39 | Link to Comment Quinvarius
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In the last two months while running, I have seen 4 houses go up for sale on my block.  The Fed probably waited too long to buy up more mortgage assets.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 09:21 | Link to Comment ltsgt1
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Where do you run? My investment properties in Bensonhurst and Parkslope have fully recovered plus some. Things are improving here in NYC.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 08:41 | Link to Comment LULZBank
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Resistence is futile...

All your businesses are belongs to us.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 08:43 | Link to Comment Chuck Walla
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> BandGap, that's how socialism works... You bro is just Obama's tax donkey and he should be proud to work for less and less.  Eventually, he will be working solely for the Glory of the State and for Obama and pals to rob every dime they can steal.


It is a glorious future, Komrade!

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 10:28 | Link to Comment takinthehighway
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Wow, that sounds like a great theme for a novel...ah, but who'd read such a thing? Maybe if it had a catchy title... something like, oh, I don't know..."Atlas Shrugged"?

Sorry, I seem to be stuck in "Asshole" gear this morning...

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 09:23 | Link to Comment Arnold Ziffel
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More (Commercial) Real-Estate Loans Default in Europe(WSJ)

European commercial-real-estate markets are struggling with a sharp increase in problem mortgages just as more European countries slip back into recession.

A growing number of landlords, hit with falling rents and occupancies, are defaulting on loans, and it is happening not just in the most-troubled parts of Europe but in big centers like London and Frankfurt. Values already are down nearly 20% since their 2007 peak across Europe, according to CBRE Group Inc.

The situation lays the ground for increased pain for investors who hold this debt—an array of banks, private-equity funds and hedge funds—as well as many landlords who might be forced to sell their properties.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 10:16 | Link to Comment goldnguns
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I've got 15 great hard working employees and I ain't gonna let the Obamanatron get the best of me.  But I will NOT hire new workers even though I have the workload since I don't want to creat one dadgummed job under this idiot for which he will take the credit.  I've fired all the oowners of cars with the circular red white blue rising ball, and told the remaining ones "I'm gonna work you like a borrowed mule and pay you like Spitzer's squeeze".

And tell your brother "Isle of Man",  great banking laws they have.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 09:27 | Link to Comment duo
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Most of my small business customers are not going to hire and will wait until the election.  If BHO is re-elected, they will shut down and cut their losses.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 09:39 | Link to Comment Cole Younger
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I have heard that a number of times..Amazing how one man can screw things up..

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 09:55 | Link to Comment taniquetil
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Not to mention he now has to pay extra to get his accountant's opinion on whether or not to pay for Obamacare.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 11:29 | Link to Comment ArkansasAngie
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Antedotally ... I've been talking with my sub contractors and they all say that their business just dropped to almost nothing about 4 to 6 weeks ago.

Small business is NOT growing because they don't want to grow ... that would be stupid.  Small business isn't growing because the business simply isn't there.

Growth in this country is not organic ... if you aren't on the government tit ... it's tough.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 08:36 | Link to Comment CatoRenasci
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What the Hell does anyone expect business confidence to do when Bambi wants to put one of the largest tax increases in history on the small businesses who are the main engines of job creating? 

Obamanomics is madness, more about grinding axes than creating jobs or prosperity.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 09:37 | Link to Comment dbomb12
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Obama's agenda is to destroy (The Great Destroyer: Barack Obama's War on the Republic by David Limbaugh) everything he does is to "FUNDAMENTALLY TRANSFORM THE U.S.A" which he repeated time and time again to the sound of the drones cheering. Just like in the movie Star Wars Episode III, Revenge of the Sith.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 10:28 | Link to Comment Jake88
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the health of small business is not high in the concerns of tptb. small business competes with tptb. obama is a front man for tptb.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 08:36 | Link to Comment zero19451945
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Don't think Obama really cares about small businesses. They aren't really his demographic.

Actually, anyone who has a job is probably not in Obama's target demographic.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 08:52 | Link to Comment Taterboy
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Businesses in Obama's demographic have no regulations. Drug dealers, muggers,convenience store owner murderers, and welfare queens.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 09:16 | Link to Comment ltsgt1
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That is the exact reason why Obama will win. As more and more people are becoming jobless, his base expands accordingly. People on the dole don't want any change.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 10:04 | Link to Comment TWSceptic
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And that is the danger of democracy and a socialist (/facist) leader; eventually the losers are the winners.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 11:32 | Link to Comment ArkansasAngie
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So long as the 1%'ers get to pick winners and losers there will be no recovery.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 09:57 | Link to Comment taniquetil
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Considering his campaign strategy has been reduced to "don't vote for the rich white kid" this sounds pretty reasonable.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 08:36 | Link to Comment Quinvarius
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Unleash the QEracken!  Desperate times call for obvious pandering and palm greasing!  Besides, the rate of new money flowing into the US economy is at zero and about to go negative.  So we are going to have another round of bad loans.  It is better that the Fed owns these loans, if you think banks should be allowed to survive.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 08:38 | Link to Comment Sudden Debt
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Yes...confidence is low because everybody needs a vacation from all the hard work...

I bet the Italians are confident!

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 08:49 | Link to Comment LULZBank
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Italians take it lying down. Americans put up a little fight and make it a bit more exciting...

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 09:19 | Link to Comment Sudden Debt
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opening the dognut box in the morning is "put up a little fight"...


Tue, 07/10/2012 - 09:29 | Link to Comment LULZBank
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They've got Guns man...

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 08:40 | Link to Comment Meesohaawnee
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that should be good for a few ticks up on the futures..yawn.. another day another witness to the abortion known as the global equity markets.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 08:42 | Link to Comment gatorengineer
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Bullish--- QE cant be far now LOL.....

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 08:55 | Link to Comment t_kAyk
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... or war.  Nothing like fireworks of freedom to keep the zombies distracted. 

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 08:47 | Link to Comment mrktwtch2
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4 more months and then no matter who wins..we wont have to hear about it

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 08:48 | Link to Comment asteroids
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"Hope and Change", "Green Shoots", "Buy Buy Buy", I hope the current generations wake up and smell the coffee.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 08:53 | Link to Comment LULZBank
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If its not on Facebook with pictures, it didnt happen.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 09:00 | Link to Comment kralizec
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Lord Vader finds your misplaced faith in the ignorati disturbing.


Tue, 07/10/2012 - 09:02 | Link to Comment colonial
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There is no need for concern...Here's what Obama plans to do.

First, hold yet another small business summit where Administration officials hail the role of small businesses.  

Then draft legislation called "The Small Business is Great Act."  

The legislation is based on having millionaires and billionaires pay more taxes.  

Hold a White House event with blind latino businesses in the background from Virginia, Ohio, Nevada and the other swing States.

Then have the President attack the Republicans in Congress for not promoting small business.  


Tue, 07/10/2012 - 09:04 | Link to Comment kralizec
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Then the destruction upon small business may resume, since all the newly stolen booty will go to undesireables and cronys.


Tue, 07/10/2012 - 09:03 | Link to Comment Meesohaawnee
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 i wonder everyday if i worked for bubble vision if i would look in the mirror and go aaww shit. another day of lying thru my teeth trying to convince people this is a market  where fundamentals mattered. and the good side. After reading Tylers brilliance on the demise of viewoership for that embarrasment to the profession of journalism. I guess if you have to run the annoying majic jack commercial 100 times a hour things cant be good. Please. Mommy make it stop!!

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 09:12 | Link to Comment Fantasy Planet
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I now drive a hearse to all of my small business calls. 

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 09:27 | Link to Comment NumberTwo
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Hard to be confident these days when your client base is cutting Capex to the bone, and established relationships are shuttled out in the middle of the night.  Dark, new, world.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 09:35 | Link to Comment Snakeeyes
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SLOOOWW economy and damaging taxes kicking doesn't do much for optimism. Here is the list of tax increases going into effect for small firms.

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 10:59 | Link to Comment Shizzmoney
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Engine of growth? Job creators? Obamacare sufferers?

More like victims of corporate legislative shenanegians.

Soon, McDonald's and Wal-Mart are going to have Big Brother fly drones over small business competitors to get intel.

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