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Consumer Sentiment Crashes To Second-Lowest Of Trump Presidency As Fed Cut Scares Everyone To Death

"The main takeaway for consumers from the first rate cut was to increase apprehensions about a possible recession".

"The main takeaway for consumers from the first rate cut was to increase apprehensions about a possible recession".
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3 comments on “Consumer Sentiment Crashes To Second-Lowest Of Trump Presidency As Fed Cut Scares Everyone To Death

  1. Trump is going to stroke if the Fed appeases him on the rate cut, and the markets consider it a worrisome sign. Be careful what you ask for.

  2. Well over a year ago, many people knew the trump economy was fake — and now, a year later, it’s just more chaotic and sentiment has nowhere to go but down. As the trump/GOP circus races down a path of stupidity, the main outcome might well be that a few of the highly mediocre Democrats that had no chance to be elected, will in fact make a difference n the way people perceive trump and their gut feelings on how to move forward.

    ==> “Like a negative swap spread then, an extremely low unemployment rate that produces no wage inflation (at the point it happens let alone across several years) is similarly meaningful nonsense that points us in the direction of causation. Unlike swap spreads, the mystery of the unemployment rate is easily untangled; it applies to the official count of the employed as a percent of the official count of the labor force. If the latter is not comprehensive, neither can be the unemployment rate.

    Therefore, a rate that signifies “full employment” but without the inflationary corroboration of that actual condition is instead describing an economy that shrunk apart from official acknowledgement. Ever since the mass layoffs in late 2008, economists have been telling us that those people outside the labor force don’t matter, at the very least for interpretation. But if you have to so fool yourself into rejecting what is a matter of pure common sense, then your position really is nonsense.

    We have interest rates that don’t go up apart from brief but diminishing bursts despite the Federal Reserve’s “rate hikes”, an oil futures curve that after three years remains in contango, an interest rate swap paradigm declaring permanent nonsense, and an unemployment rate doing the same. None of these are trivial concerns, instead speaking directly about the real physical world behind the façade of mainstream description. Improving or healthy are economic qualifiers that would in the future only start to apply where all these imbalances have finally dissipated and disappeared for good.”
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    http://www.alhambrapartners.com/2017/05/30/the-real-signs-that-matter/

  3. https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/UMCSENT

    Chart updated through June

    Consumer sentiment is a leading indicator but the lead is so short that it’s almost a coincident indicator.

    A 6 point decline isn’t that uncommon and 92 is still high.

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