Posts filed under “Consumer Spending”

Our Bifurcated Recovery

The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index closed yesterday at a record high of more than 2,000. Yet many people feel that the economy is weak. There are numerous reasons for this, but the one I want to focus on has to do with employment and wages.

The economy feels weak because, depending on your education, employment and skill set, it very well may be weak to you. Unlike the typical post-credit-crisis recovery, this one features disappointing gross domestic product gains, subpar job creation, stagnant wages and weak retail sales. However, those represent the average. Different employment sectors have done considerably better or worse, depending on demand and scarcity of workers in that field.

The recovery is here, it just isn’t evenly distributed.

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Category: Bailouts, Consumer Spending, Cycles, Economy, Employment

How America’s Consumers Spend Across States

Category: Consumer Spending, Think Tank

Millennial Consumers

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Category: Consumer Spending, Digital Media

Degrees of Spending

Click for some interactive internets. Source: Retale

Category: Consumer Spending, Digital Media

What If Apple Products Were Their Own Companies?

Slate‘s Jordan Weissmann puts Apple’s product lines into perspective versus other large companies (Tech or not).

iPhone revenues alone eclipse that of either software behemoth Microsoft or online retail giant Amazon. Businessweek (September 2013):

If the iPhone were its own company in the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index, iPhone Inc. would outsell 474 of 500 companies; iPhone’s $88.4 billion in annualized revenue tops 21 of the 30 component companies in the Dow Jones industrial average—it would be the ninth-biggest stock in the Dow 30.”

Consider these two product lines:

iPhone = Google + eBay

iPad = Yahoo + Facebook + LinkedIn + Twitter + Group + Tesla

Truly insane.

 

 

 

 

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Category: Consumer Spending, Technology, Valuation

Who are the world’s biggest consumers?

Source: World Economic Forum

Category: Consumer Spending

Retail in Real-Time

Click to watch the data in real time. Source: Retale

Category: Consumer Spending, Technology

The Spending Habits of the 0.01%

Attention peasants: The Greubel Forsey GMT at $549,000 Source: Greubel Forsey I have been hearing a lot about the spending habits of the 0.01 percent lately. Perhaps, a little bit too much. Don’t worry, this isn’t going to be a class-warfare rant or a treatise on living the simpler, less materialistic life. Rather, it is…Read More

Category: Consumer Spending, Psychology, Really, really bad calls

America & Automobile Efficiency

Americans are buying more fuel-efficient cars, but . . . Source: Know More   Other countries are still way ahead Source: Center for Climate and Energy Solutions   Continues here

Category: Consumer Spending, Energy

Housing, retail, risk: The week ahead


Source: Yahoo Finance

Category: Consumer Spending, Economy, Retail, Video