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R.I.P. U.S. Consumer

more darn nice economic eye candy

R.I.P. U.S. Consumer

Courtesy of Jake at EconompicData 

Credit for the chart below goes to Wall Street Bear.

consumption expenditure

And where’d that money go (I used rolling 12-month as the monthly data is too choppy)?

personal savings

Before you celebrate the fact that the savings will be consumption at some point in the future, think again. Per Market Ticker:

"Saving", by the way, includes debt paydowns; the government in its "infinite wisdom" computes the "savings rate" as "income less spending", which is not actually correct; money that goes from income to paying down debt isn’t "saved". This increase shows that consumers continue to reduce borrowing activity (out of both choice and necessity) and are desperately trying to tread water in their sea of debt (never mind the occasional shark that comes by for a snack!)

Source: BEA

 


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