The fact of the matter is that year over year retail sales at these levels only happen during recessions. It’s really that simple. Without the crutch of subprime auto loans and student loan debt being spent by pretend University of Phoenix students on iGadgets, fitbits, hookers and blow, this economy would already be in free fall. Look no further than what happened to Wal-Mart today for confirmation we are in the midst of a worldwide recession, if not depression. The only people who refuse to acknowledge recession reality are the Wall Street hucksters, looking to fleece a few more muppets before their party is over. Propaganda and lies can’t stop this recession.
As Rousseff fights to keep the Presidency, and has the speaker of the House battles to have her impeached, the country's economy continues to crumble. Retail sales came in below expectations for August and as Bloomberg reports, Brazil's top bankers now fear the combination of overindebted households and soaring unemployment could spell doom.
Correction continues, but it is only a correction.
The reaction function of officials takes on added importance in the week ahead.
“We got a catered meal of hot dogs and hamburgers as our thanks while others, I’m sure, got big bonuses."
The global silver-coin market is in the grips of an unprecedented supply squeeze, forcing some mints to ration sales and step up overtime, sending U.S. buyers abroad to fulfill a sudden surge in demand.
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- Russian Airstrikes Defend Strategic Assad Regime Stronghold on Syria’s Coast (WSJ)
- Emerging Stocks Head for Weekly Advance Before U.S. Jobs Data (BBG)
- Wage Strife Clouds Car-Sales Boom (WSJ)
- Oregon town reels from classroom carnage (Reuters)
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The divergence theme is likely to strengthen in the week ahead.
Some people will never learn... ever. What is happening today is nothing more than rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. The iceberg has been struck, we’re taking on water, and this sucker is going to sink. Game Over.
The outlook for diesel looks grim after U.S. regulators found that the world’s second biggest car manufacturer cheated on its emission tests. Now that diesel is not as clean as it appeared (with stricter emissions tests and perhaps even stricter regulation to be expected), one has to ask; does this mean the end of diesel for light vehicles? This is not just alarming for the automotive industry, but could also lead to a structural demand shift in fuel products. That shift could not have come at a worse time for diesel.
*VW CEO WINTERKORN STEPPING DOWN OVER WIDENING DIESEL SCANDAL
*VW'S WINTERKORN SAYS UNAWARE OF ANY WRONGDOING ON MY PART
One can only wonder what his "retirement" package will be.
Everything is so wonderful that a rate hike would equate to saying the Fed has won. Seven years of ZIRP and a few selling periods when the Fed stopped POMO’s and QE injections, we can easily say with extreme confidence that the Fed won. And by won we mean didn’t ruin the system entirely. Except they did.
Liar loans are back from the dead which means that if you look under the hood, you might just have a shoddy credit or two hiding in the collateral pool of your triple-A mortgage-backed paper. Meanwhile, in a further sign that we've learned nothing since the crisis, non-Agency RMBS is set to stage a comeback.