While Economic Data Never Lies, Consumer Comfort Reaches Second Weakest Ever And Buying Climate Collapses

Tyler Durden's picture

As ES levitates 20-30pts off overnight lows on 'incredible' macro data and 'hope' in Europe, Bloomberg's Consumer Comfort Index just printed the second-lowest reading ever as 93% of those surveyed had a negative opinion of the economy. In almost every demographic, sentiment has fallen to near record lows (except we do note that in the last week those earnings 75k or more modestly improved their outlook though still drastically low). Perhaps the most critical sub-index, given the dependence on a consumer who is not paying his mortgage and living off food stamps, is the Buying Climate, which has only been lower during Q3 2008. We assume the congressional 'super-committee' is paying attention.

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nope-1004's picture

Next up, negative lending rates.

All hail the "strong" USEconomy!!


tempo's picture

If lending standards remain at sky high levels, few will qualify for all timel low rates. Banks can't resale crap paper anymore so lending standards must remain high.

junkyardjack's picture

The reason why no one will qualify is because anyone that still has a good credit rating has a brain in their head and knows not to try to buy a house right now.  Only people showing up are the idiots that watch the news and think this is a great time to buy, they also likely have $50,000+ in credit card debt

Divided States of America's picture

its obvious the market action is depicting a stealth liquidation/deleveraging going on, primarily by sectors. Look at the Nasdaq today (was up 50 now -ve), its being sold into this rally while the other sectors remain strong, for now. Certain people are liquidating their positions stealthly.This has been done in other sectors as well.

And with the markets opening at the highs or lows and closing vice versa. The money is being made on trades placing initiating trades at the end of the trading day and liquidating the next morning. Of course this is done because its easy to get the herd into the action usually at the open. Todays Jobless claims bogus numbers along with an expected German Congress (though not German people) Yes vote which should have already been priced in, was the fuel to ignite this rocket.

Today's volume at the open was abysmal...and continued to suck as we ramped higher to a non-sensical up 250 on the Dow...then volume picked up as it started its gradual but noticeable decline.

Fips_OnTheSpot's picture



Btw - my buying "climate" for silver-coins is very sunny!

Long-John-Silver's picture

Get them while they still accept paper dollars in trade.

achmachat's picture

with the gold/silver ratio being above 50, buying silver has never been such a no-brainer!

BrocilyBeef's picture

... and taking less of your paper dollars. How nice!

Pegasus Muse's picture

This is what happens when over-reaching unaccountable bankrupt governments, in an attempt to squeeze every last nickel out of their citizenry, go on the offensive.  Cut off all avenues of escape.  Time is running out for people to protect their savings.

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achmachat's picture

At least they are classy enough to send you your physical to your home!

nevertheless: @The Netherlands: WTF??!!!

slewie the pi-rat's picture

nannies will be nannies!

and they will be paid!

the "lawfully-enforced" legal tender laws of fiat scams strike again!

the idea that PMs are money and not "investment objects" is the same shit we run into, all over the world, all the time, except in utah and a few other places

people are not doing anything wrong by wanting to use real money as currency;  the statist nannies and their banksters and politicians will NOT listen to the people.  anywhere, almost, while tying up entire continents in "deciding how to proceed next, financially"

Fips_OnTheSpot's picture

They accepted EUR for some tubes of ounces .. BTFD!

disabledvet's picture


BrocilyBeef's picture

You can repent all you want but that doesn't change history. Now what you need to do is "read" Newsweek...

mcguire's picture

actually, he is right.  the end is near. 

"He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still." rev 22:11


Caviar Emptor's picture

Why would people not feel fuzzy all over in this economy? 

National policy remains to export jobs in order to counterbalance money printing

BrocilyBeef's picture

I feel like I'm taking a bath in hot tar.

youngman's picture

are there a bunch of Frogs in there with you?????

BrocilyBeef's picture

So sell treasuries and buy stocks in December?

Are GNMA bonds any good?

SheepDog-One's picture

Economy dead, wow must be time to buy stocks and price in some more QE!

BrocilyBeef's picture

Can't buy until there is Peak Desperation.

Jayda1850's picture

Though I completely agree that consumer comfort is well warranted at these levels considering all the macro economic headwinds, kinda worry about the contrarian view considering this looks like a one way trade.

anony's picture

Sometimes everyone (93%) are comletely right.  It's not often but it happens, and in this case, they are.  Anyone who has let the past three years sink in and who works for a living knows that they cannot replace their jobs at any price.  There are few if any competing positions out there for the average worker with average skills to move to.  If, however, they pull themselves up by the bootstraps and learn new skills that are in some demand, they might have a different take on things. but evern then there aren't 25,000,000 of those positions out there to absorb the number who cannot find work now.

DeadFred's picture

I'm still scratching my head, what are 7% of the people seeing that I'm not seeing?

Were they abducted by aliens and just got home?

Critical Path's picture

Good thing Xmas is coming soon, the retailers are going to make a killing this year! <S>

On a side note, anyone want to place any bets on the number of trampling/stampeding videos we see of shoppers this crazy season?

BrocilyBeef's picture

I already have my XMAS silver.

mcguire's picture

lol, im doing the same thing.. 

slewie the pi-rat's picture

things are a bit stretched for goldielocks right now

demographic downers, BiCheZ!

BrocilyBeef's picture

I see sales on milk... still lots of inflation baked into the pie though. Mmm.... Inflationary Pie.

tuco13's picture

The consumer is dead in the water.  Everything is fully diluted...stocks, credit, real estate, the environment.  Solutions?  Create panic = strong dollar to buy short term debt.  Sell the debt on the long end and dilute it again... 

Abiotic Oil's picture

"I'm dreaming... of a... white christmas..."

The Big Ching-aso's picture

I'm hoping for change because I sure as hell am not getting any dollars.

aerial view's picture

Help Wanted:

"93% surveyed had a negative opinion of the economy". This shows tremendous progress in critical thinking skills (sarcasm on)by the lost sheeple but do they understand why this is happening,  who is responsible and what can they do about it? The time is ripe for a simple (no higher than 5th grade level) answer to these 3  questions so that the "great awakening of the sheeple" may begin. All ZHers please give your answers.

anony's picture

Why:  Kim Kardashian is up to something with LiLo, and JLo out back in the woodshed

who:  Gotta be George Bush's fault, or Reagan's

what: Should Orville's popcorn be set at 1' 58 seconds or 2' 05" in a 700 Megawatts microwave?


MFL8240's picture

Hope and Change. lol!!   For all of those stupid enough to put an unqualified mulsim in the White House, ...how do you like it? 

Peter K's picture

More Obama cowbell:)

Snakeeyes's picture

Look at what is happening to mortgage rates. Banner headline: Freddie Mac says mortgage rates fall to 4%. But look at the 10 yr T-Rates, the spread and the VIX!


VIX and Mortgage Spread are correlated (both risk measures) and VIX is spiking, Not good for mortgage recovery!!!!