Posts filed under “Think Tank”

UoM Final Consumer Confidence

The Final August U of Michigan confidence figure was 65.7, above the preliminary reading of 63.2, higher than the consensus estimate of 64 but is a touch below the 66 seen in July. Both Current Conditions and the Future Outlook rose from the Aug preliminary number. However, from July, Current Conditions fell almost 4 points but was partially offset by a 1.8 jump in the Outlook. YTD, Current Conditions are only 3.3 points above the low in March while the Outlook is 14.5 points above the Feb low. This discrepancy over how people feel today vs the improvement they foresee has been evident in other confidence figures, and was seen in Tuesday’s Conference Board confidence number. Inflation expectations were unchanged with the initial reading at 2.8% and down .1% from July.

Category: MacroNotes


July Income was flat vs expectations of a gain of .1% but June was revised higher by .2% to a decline of 1.1%. Spending rose .2%, in line with forecasts and June was revised up by .2%. Because the headline PCE was flat, REAL spending rose by .2% (vs .1% gain in June) and with…Read More

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Bernanke’s Identity Theft a Shame on Many Levels

Good Evening: Like a self-sealing tire, U.S. stocks were punctured this morning but managed to reflate this afternoon. Some grim news about the health of non-TARP banks was behind the decline, while speculation in financial firms that DID receive bailouts helped launch the comeback. If you think it is bizarre to see taxpayers actively chase…Read More

Category: Markets, Think Tank


In contrast to the weekly Investors Intelligence data out yesterday which revealed that newsletter writers are the most bullish since Dec ’07 and the least bearish since Oct ’07 with the balance expecting a correction, the AAII sentiment measurement of individual investors reflects a different opinion. Bulls were little changed on the week at 34…Read More

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King Report:



Let’s say that an aging baseball slugger who had abused performance-enhancing drugs for over a decade had a horrendous collapse in his hitting statistics. So the team put him on even stronger doses of steroids, HGH, testosterone, dianabol, insulin, protein shakes, creatine, glutamine and unknown powerful designer pharmaceuticals.

The team had him do Olympic and ballistic [weight] lifts, plyometrics and intense ‘core’ training. Though the slugger’s home runs and RBIs had fallen over 30% from the previous year, he started to hit one more HR per month and a few more RBIs.

This is the US economy and financial system. Trillions of dollars have been poured into the system and economy and trillions more have been pledged to buttress troubled entities. There have been nationalizations, record stimulus and various inducements for consumer to spend more money. And all this is producing is modest m/m gains or smaller losses!

At some point the US, like the slugger, must come off the juice, or the artificial boosts will blow them up.

Even though MLB has a shoddy enforcement and drug testing record at least it isn’t the entity injecting the massive amount of unnatural stimulants.

Upon further review yesterday’s economic data was not as jiggy as initially thought.

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Category: Think Tank

Commercial paper outstanding jumps

On a seasonally adjusted basis, commercial paper outstanding rose $43.7b, the largest gain since April and was mostly led by the asset backed category that saw a gain of $41.5b, the most since January and maybe is beginning to respond to some thawing out in that sector due to the Fed’s TALF program. Financial unsecured…Read More

Category: MacroNotes

Economic data

Q2 GDP was left unchanged at -1% vs expectations of a fall to -1.5%. Personal Consumption was revised to a drop of 1% from -1.2% and vs an expected fall of 1.3%. Government spending was revised higher to a rise of 6.4% from 5.6%. Also helping was an upward revision to Exports. Offsetting this was…Read More

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It’s time to start watching the kids

Similar to parents who realize after a period of no adult supervision, someone has to watch the kids to make sure they don’t get into too much trouble, after their stock market close yesterday China’s State Council said they want the steel, cement, coal, glass and power industries to reverse the excess capacity that has…Read More

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What Do You Catch When You Chase Your Tail?

Good Evening: U.S. stocks went virtually nowhere today, allowing both the bears and the bulls to claim victory. Those predicting an imminent decline in U.S. share prices took note that a slight majority of stocks went down on a day when the economic data came in stronger than expected. For their part, those forecasting a…Read More

Category: Markets, Think Tank

“Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore”

“Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” The USA, the bastion of global capitalism, entrepreneurship, with the goal of achieving the American dream is now home to people who would rather work for the government. According to Rasmussen Reports, a government job remains “the top employment choice in today’s economic environment.” While below…Read More

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