Savings Rate

Cass Freight Index Takes Another Dive Killing August's "False Hope"

It’s difficult to make a case for a great holiday sales season or robust third quarter GDP based on the Cass Freight Index which shows shipments sank 0.4% for the month and are down 3.1% from shipments a year ago. As Cass warns, the "glimmer of ‘less bad’ hope in August" was "false hope."

US Spending Disappoints In August As Savings Rate Rises For Second Month

After pesonal spending growth slowed modestly one month ago, rising 3.8% Y/Y, in August US consumption once again disappointed, staying flat in the month, below the 0.1% expected sequential rebound, although this was offset by an upward revision to the last month's data from 0.3% to 0.4%. On an inflation adjusted basis, as feeds into the GDP beancount, Real PCE dipped -0.1% in August, well below July's 0.3% bounce, missing the expectation of a 0.1% rise while the Core PCE Index was inline with the 1.7% expected on a Y/Y basis.

US Personal Spending Growth Slows As Savings Rate Jumps Most Since March

A broadly in-line-with-expectations print in US income and spending data (+0.4% MoM and +0.3% MoM respectively) hides a bigger problem for the consumption-driven US economy. For the first time since March, the savings rate increased as US consumers dared not spend above their means (up from 5.5% to 5.7%).

A German Bank Finally Caves: Will Charge Retail Investors A Negative 0.4% Deposit Rate

Raiffeisen Gmund am Tegernsee, a German cooperative savings bank in the Bavarian village of Gmund am Tegernsee, with a population 5,767, finally gave in to the ECB's monetary repression, and announced it’ll start charging retail customers to hold their cash. Starting September, for savings in excess of €100,000 euros, the community’s Raiffeisen bank will charge a 0.4% rate. That represents the first direct pass through of the current level of the ECB’s negative deposit rate on to retail depositors.

Rising Recession Risks & The Tears In America's Economic Fabric

Stock market “bulls” should pray that interest rates don’t rise. Don’t blame those poor consumers for not spending – they are spending everything they have and then some. Just one word describes the outcome of that event given the current excessively leveraged consumption based economy of today – disaster.

IMF Studies Piketty’s Work On Income Inequality, Finds There Is "No Empirical Evidence” To Support Claims

When Thomas Piketty’s "Capital in the 21st Century" came out in 2013, it quickly became a favorite of the political left and neo-Keynesian economists as his findings fit the narrative of increasing income inequality. Paul Krugman said “ Mr. Piketty’s contribution is serious, discourse-changing scholarship in a way most best sellers aren’t.  There may be just one problem with Piketty’s earth-shattering revelation: it appears to be wrong.

Saving The System: Exposing The 4 Fallacies Of Modern Monetary Policy

Monetary policy, we are told, is all about staving off recession and stimulating economic growth. However, not only is monetary debasement in any form counterproductive and destroys the personal wealth of the masses, but the economists who devised today’s monetarism have completely lost their way. The real reason for today’s global monetary policies is an ultimately futile attempt to prevent a systemic and economic crisis.

Hidden In Today's Revised Personal Income Data, A Troubling Trend For The US Consumer

As of this moment, absent a substantial pick up in wages and disposable income in general, US spending - that key driver of US GDP - is about to slow down sharply as the savings rate enters the red zone. As shown in the chart above, every time the savings rate hits about 5%, consumers slow down. The problem is that it comes just as spending in Q1 supposedly soared.

US Personal Income Growth Slumps To Lowest Since 2013, Spending Rises

Savings are slumping (which means credit is surging) as the American consumer keeps on spending (+3.7% YoY near highest since May 2015) despite income growth at its slowest since Dec 2013 (+2.7% YoY). The diverging trend of the last 6 months (higher spending, lower income) is unlikely to last but with the savings rate at 5.3% (down from 6.2%)at March 2014 lows, we suspect the run way is running out.

NY Fed Finds 15% Of Americans Have Negative Net Worth; Student Loans Contibute To Record US Wealth Inequality

"There has been much discussion about the growth in wealth inequality over the past three decades. Given the importance of student debt in explaining negative household wealth, it is likely that the steady growth in student debt and borrowing, combined with the very slow rate of student loan repayment we have documented elsewhere, has materially contributed and will continue to contribute to negative household wealth and wealth inequality"

The "New Housing Crisis" – Not Enough Rental Homes?

The real crisis is not a lack of homes for people to buy, just a lack of enough homes for people to rent. Which says more about the “real economy” than just about anything else. While there are many hopes pinned on the housing recovery as a “driver” of economic growth in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 – the lack of recovery in the home ownership data suggests otherwise.