When consumers receive an income, those funds can go into savings or spending. Consumer spending is the measurement of funds dispersed (not in savings) and that can go into goods and services that consumers deem warranted. This can include durable goods, such as washing machines, and non-durable goods, such as food. As the U.S. economy is comprised of over 70% consumer spending, this is a very important piece of economic data.
The S&P 500 is set to be flat on Friday, June 26th, as investors are keeping an eye on a deal to avert a Greek default on a proposal from its creditors and China’s stock market continues to sell off.Although there was some encouraging news earlier this week about the Greece deal with its creditors, the differences between sides stretched. Read More
The S&P 500 is opening the trading session higher on Thursday, June 25, as investors are optimistic for a deal to avert a Greek default on a proposal from its creditors.The differences between Greece’s proposal and that of its creditors are not big enough to justify failing to reach an agreement, a senior Greek government official. Read More
Visa Inc. (NYSE/V), the credit card company, recently published its Retail Spending Monitor report, which keeps track of consumer spending in the U.S. The report shows that, excluding autos and gas, retail sales went up by 4.5% in April 2015.Big Increase in Consumer Discretionary SpendingThings look quite good as far as Visa is concerned.. Read More
The chart below shows us that between April and August of this year, home prices in the U.S. declined. The S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Index is only released 60 days after each month’s end, so while data for September and October are not yet available, based on what I’m about to tell you, five years after the Great Recession, the. Read More
On November 30, Switzerland’s citizens will cast a very critical vote.Through a referendum, they will vote for or against the Swiss National Bank increasing its gold bullion reserves to 20%, the central bank halting the selling of gold, and the storing of gold bullion in the country. (Source: Kitco News, September 30, 2014.)If the. Read More