This is just a sampling of the kind of damage done recently. I have gathered up some charts into specific sectors.(more…)
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Well, just about the only thing left that countless millions of people cling to to give their bankrupt lives some kind of meaning is failing. The seven year support level for retail has been breached. The world continues to collapse into a heap, aching under the weight of a hundred trillion dollars in debt that will never be repaid. Enjoy the show. Slope is your front row seat.
Those of you who have been on Slope for a while probably know that I hold no affection for consumerism. I agree with Thoreau that “the mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation”, and my view is that men – – and, God knows, women – – try to extinguish that desperation by plunging themselves into debt to buy crap that they don’t really need. It’s simultaneously pathetic and revolting.
Buying stuff ceaselessly has become the American Pastime, and this “lifestyle” is a vapid emptiness we have successfully exported to China, Japan,and all around the world. We are now a globe packed with insatiable consumers, always looking for the next shiny thing to distract them from an existence that would torment them if they deeply examined it.(more…)
Like most equities, Nordstrom (JWN) has had a very strong run since stocks bottomed on August 15th. In that short span of time, it has ascended nearly 40%.(more…)
I’ve been bearish on retail for months, as you know, particularly by focusing on XRT. Today we’re finally starting to see that the gluttonous American consumer is finally running out of steam, as witnessed by the plunge of Macy’s………(more…)
As the SlopeCharts of credit card debt clearly shows, the gluttonous appetite for mass-produced garbage is almost limitless in America. Any chastening from the financial crisis is a distant memory at this point.(more…)
I think I’ve made my point with these two: retail is, shall we say, having a downturn, not like that which accompanied the financial crisis. I’d say that’s telling.(more…)