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Consumer Spending Anemic as 58% Say Economy “Getting Worse”

By Monday, August 31, 2015
Consumer SpendingI have written over and over again on how distorted the U.S. business sales and inventory figures are. Manufacturers are stockpiling products. Retailers are experiencing a decline in sales. Consumer spending is getting softer. But it’s more than just retail that is becoming a drag on the U.S. economy. Statistics from the U.S. housing market also point to very soft consumer spending. In July, the annual rate of new home .

U.S. Economy: Why Recession’s Knocking

By Friday, August 21, 2015
RecessionWhat used to be a leading indicator, the stock market has now become a lagging indicator. For months (in these pages), I have written about how sick the U.S. economy has become. Stock market investors are waking up to the reality that world economic growth is either non-existent or even contracting—albeit too late. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is now solidly in the red for 2015, down 832 points since .

Consumer Confidence Plunges in July as U.S. Economy Heads Wrong Way

By Monday, August 3, 2015
Consumer ConfidenceIn the month of July, the Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index declined nine percent from May. The index stood at 99.9 in June and plunged to 90.9 in July—the lowest level since September of 2014! A sub-index of this confidence index, called the Expectation Index, which measures how U.S. consumers feel they will do going forward, saw a massive decline to 79.9 in July from 92.8 in June—14% month-over-month. These .

U.S. Inventory Stockpile Up to Size of Canada

By Friday, July 17, 2015
U.S. Consumer SpendingIn June, retail and food service sales in the U.S. economy declined 0.3% from May. When calculating these sales figures, the Census Bureau looks at 13 different kinds of businesses. In June, seven of those business types reported an outright decline in sales. (Source: U.S. Census Bureau, July 14,2015.) In particular, American consumers are pulling back on their spending of discretionary staple items such as furniture and clothing, building material, .

S&P 500: Stocks Open flat on Greece, China

By Friday, June 26, 2015
Stocks Open Flat on Greece and ChinaThe 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 the negotiations into the weekend. European Union leaders made .

S&P 500: Stocks Open Higher on Greek Economic Data

By Thursday, June 25, 2015
Stocks on S&P 500 Open HigherThe 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 said. Greek officials said that if talks fell apart, the country does not .

Visa’s Spending Monitor: Retail Spending Increased

By Monday, May 11, 2015
VisaVisa 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 Spending Things look quite good as far as Visa is concerned. Wayne Best, the company’s chief economist, stated, “Across the country, we’re seeing consumers continue .

Why the Housing Market Points to Very Weak 2015 Economy

By Monday, November 3, 2014
Housing Market Points to Very Weak 2015 EconomyThe 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 U.S. housing market is on shaky ground again. According to .

Why Wal-Mart’s Sales Downgrade Should Worry Investors

By Friday, October 24, 2014
Why Wal-Mart's Sales DowngradeOn 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 results are in favor of the referendum, it will mean Switzerland’s central bank will .

Feel Like You Are Missing Out?

By Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Stock Market Correction Very HighIf you follow the financial news, it feels like the stock market is moving higher and higher…a situation in which investors often feel they are missing out. But the reality of the situation is very different. So far this year, almost eight full months in, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is up only three percent. Would you buy stocks with the Dow Jones trading at 17,100, near a record-high price-to-earnings .
Sep. 3, 2015
Trailing 12-month EPS for Dow Jones companies (Most Recent Quarter) $1014.15
Trailing 12-month Price/earnings multiple (Most Recent Quarter)

17.44

Dow Jones Industrial Average Dividend Yield 2.71%
10-year U.S. Treasury Yield 2.14%

Immediate term outlook:
The bear market rally in stocks that started in March 2009, extended because of unprecedented central bank money printing, is coming to an end. Gold bullion is up $1,000 an ounce since we first recommended it in 2002 and we are still bullish on the physical metal.

Short-to-medium term outlook:
World economies are entering their slowest growth period since 2009. The Chinese economy grew last year at its slowest pace in 24 years. Japan is in recession. The eurozone is in depression. With almost half the S&P 500 companies deriving revenue outside the U.S., slower world economic growth will negatively impact revenue and earnings growth of American companies. Domestically, America’s gross domestic product grew by only a meager 2.3% in the second quarter, which will negatively impact an already overpriced equity market.

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