The U.S. economy grew just 1.9 percent in the first quarter and is expected to show little improvement but…the ratio of household liquid assets to liabilities is now the highest since Q1 2002. [That’s great, but exactly what does that really mean?] Words: 225
So conveys Mamta Badkar (www.businessinsider.com) in edited excerpts from his original article*
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Badkar goes on to say, in part:
Gluskin Sheff economist David Rosenberg writes that while the savings rate is climbing, as policy uncertainty continues and the job outlook remains clouded, personal consumption expenditure is expected to “barely come in much better than a 1% annual rate. That is stall speed” he says, noting that:
- 70% of retailers missed their sales target in June,
- demand for retail space is weak, and
- the vacancy rate at strip centers has barely improved and that, in fact,
- the industries that are thriving are the “do it yourselfers” like repair shops and dollar chains.
Rosenberg concludes that it would appear that U.S. consumers are antsy even if household balance sheets are improving.
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However, there may be a silver lining. Deutsche Bank chief economist Joseph LaVorgna explains that the higher stock prices and lower liabilities are behind the improved ratio of household liquid assets to liabilities [see chart below], and with stock prices effectively flat in the second quarter, another drop in household liabilities should push up the ratio [even further]….
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