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US Consumers Burn Through Almost All COVID ‘Excess Savings’ As Buying Intentions Crater

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US Consumers Burn Through Almost All COVID 'Excess Savings' As Buying Intentions Crater

While most economists were keenly focused on today's core PCE data in the Personal Income and Spending data, we were far more interested in the spending power left inside the dynamo that is responsible for 70% of US GDP: the US consumer. And unfortunately, there is very little left.

For much of the post-covid recovery period, the most bullish narrative was that the trillions in excess savings (the number $2.5 trillion had been frequently thrown about) resulting from the trillions in Biden stimmy checks which Americans 'prudently' saved would provide a long enough runway to allow US consumers to offset transitory surging prices with money they had saved up.

There is just one problem: according to the latest data from the BEA, excess savings are almost gone and as of June, there were just $1.7 trillion in annualized personal savings, a huge drop from the $2.5 trillion average observed for much of the post-covid period when Savings peaked predictable after the 1st, 2nd and 3rd stimulus hit America's checking accounts. Alas, almost all of that is now gone, and as of the latest data, US consumers have just 30% more savings - or about $400 billion - compared to the pre-covid level of $1. 3 trillion.

Worse, at the current rate that Americans are burning through savings, this means that the entire fiscal stimulus tailwind from Biden's trillions will be gone by August... just in time for emergency unemployment benefits to end.

This is the worst possible outcome for the US economy because it means that US consumers will be hit by surging rent inflation and commodity pass through costs as well...

... at the end of 2021 and start of 2022, just as they realize they have spent all of their savings accumulated during the covid period, leading to a stagflationary spending depression, as the economy reverses even as prices continue to rise.

And the funniest thing: career economists may not understand any of this (until it is too late), but consumers sure do: as today's University of Michigan consumer sentiment report showed, spending intentions on houses, vars and large household durable goods has crashed to the lowest level since the soaring inflation of the early 1980s forced Volcker to hike rates to 20%.

There is just one event that could short circuit what appears to be a near-certain recession heading into 2022 and mid-term elections which would be devastating for Democrats faced with an imploding economy: another multi-trillion stimulus, just enough to kick the can by another 4-6 months. But for that to happen, the US economy needs to be shut down again which will only happen only once there is enough covid Delta-variant fearmongering. Which should also explain everything that's happening right now.

Tyler Durden Fri, 07/30/2021 - 11:10

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TSX gains on Trudeau’s re-election, loonie up

Canada s broader TSX Index on Tuesday September 21 lifted post the re-election of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as investors see it as largely a continuation…

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Canada’s broader TSX Index on Tuesday, September 21, lifted post the re-election of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as investors see it as largely a continuation of the present economy although few jitters might be witnessed due to the bankruptcy of Chinese property developer, Evergrande. Thus, the TSX Composite Index closed with a gain of 89.75 points or 0.45% to settle at 20,244.29.

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The one-year price chart (as on September 21).

Volume active

Canadian Natural Resources was the most actively traded stock where 16.46 million exchanged hands, followed Cenovus Energy Inc. where 10.30 million exchanged hands, and the National Bank of Canada with 6.31 million shares exchanging hands.

Movers and laggards

Wall Street update

Wall Street was turbulent as traders awaited the Federal Reserve's monetary policy statement on Wednesday. Following the sell-off observed during trading on Monday, stocks exhibited a lack of direction throughout Tuesday's trading session.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 50.63 points or 0.2% to 33,919.84, while the S&P 500 fell 3.54 points or 0.1% to 4,354.19, while the Nasdaq climbed 32.50 points or 0.2% to 14,746.40.

Commodity update

As Evergrande concerns continued, gold climbed 0.82% to $1,778.20. Brent oil rose 0.60% to US$ 74.36/bbl as the aftermath of the US hurricane Ida squeezed supplies, while Crude oil rose 0.38% to US$ 70.56/bbl.

Currency news

The loonie stood higher against the U.S. dollar on Tuesday, while USD/CAD closed at 1.2815, a slide of 0.08%.

The U.S. Dollar Index was down against the basket of major currencies on September 21, and ended in the red at 93.22, falling 0.06%.

Money market:

The U.S. 10-year bond yield traded higher on September 21, and ended in the green at 1.328, up 1.17%.

The Canada 10-year bond yield also gained on Tuesday’s trade and closed at 1.229, up 0.49%.

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The Market is Deeply Oversold And Looking For A “Dovish” Fed

As we will discuss, the market is deeply oversold and looking for a "dovish" Fed to spark buying. Traders and investors will be laser-focused on the Fed…

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As we will discuss, the market is deeply oversold and looking for a “dovish” Fed to spark buying. Traders and investors will be laser-focused on the Fed meeting adjourning at 2 pm ET. Of importance, the decision on taper and their characterization of the economic recovery and inflation. If they do elect to announce a taper schedule, the pace of tapering and any caveats that may delay tapering will be of utmost importance.

Like yesterday markets are opening up a half to one percent higher. Will they hold onto the gains, unlike yesterday? The answer likely lies with the Fed at 2 pm.

Daily Market Commnetary

What To Watch Today

Economy

  • 7:00 a.m. ET: MBA Mortgage Applications, week ended September 17 (0.3% during prior week)
  • 10:00 a.m. ET: Existing home sales, month-over-month, August (-1.7% expected, 2.0% in July)
  • 2:00 p.m. ET: FOMC policy decision

Earnings

Pre-market

  • 7:00 a.m. ET: General Mills (GIS) is expected to report adjusted earnings of 89 cents per share on revenue of $4.30 billion

Post-market

  •  4:10 p.m. ET: KB Home (KBH) is expected to report adjusted earnings of $1.62 per share on revenue of $1.57 billion
  • 5:05 p.m. ET: BlackBerry (BB) is expected to report adjusted losses of 7 cents per share on revenue of $166.80 million

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Market Deeply Oversold – Looking For Some “Dovish” Tones

The rolling correction over the last 3-weeks has pushed the market into deeply oversold conditions on a short-term basis. Such provides plenty of “fuel” for a decent rally over the next month or two given some news to spark buying. Today, the Fed could do the trick with Jerome Powell delivering his post-FOMC press conference with a “dovish” tone. With Congress battling over the debt ceiling, the Treasury running out of money, and the risk of a Government “Shutdown” looming, the Fed has all it needs to provide plenty of “caveats” to its “taper” plans.

Fear Greed Index Near Lows

Another reason for near-term bullish optimism, is that both the AAII bullish allocation and the “Fear/Greed” index are near their respective lows. Combined with the oversold market conditions, such typically provides a buying catalyst as traders reposition themselves in equity risk.

Trading Game Plan for the S&P 500

The markets are trading well in overnight trading following yesterday’s flat-trading day. The bounce provides us with another set of levels, in addition to the 50, 100, and 200-dmas, to guide our trading. The graph below shows the Fibonacci retracements from the recent high to low. If this rally proves to be a bull trap, it is likely to give up between the 38% retracement (4395) and the 62% retracement (4451). There is also a gap between 4400 and 4430.

It is common for such gaps to fill and then reverse direction. If the market surges higher through the gap and retracement levels, the outlook becomes more bullish. A rally above the 4451 retracement level and well through the 50dma (4436) will likely lead to new highs. Conversely, the 50 dma (4436) may prove to be resistance. The first line of support is yesterday’s lows and the 100dma (4328). A break of the recent low leaves a target of 4106, the 200dma.

Follow Up to Monday Market Mayhem

Easy Lending Standards

Employment and inflation tend to get the headlines as far as rationales for the Fed to take action. As we consider what the Fed may do tomorrow, we should also consider lending standards. The graph below shows the lending standards for large banks’ credit card customers are as easy as they have been in 20 years. On its own, very easy lending standards, as we have, push the Fed toward a more hawkish stance. Easy borrowing conditions incentivize personal consumption. More consumer activity, especially given current supply line problems, is likely to further agitate inflationary conditions.

Chinas & Evergrande. Will They or Won’t They?

In addition to concerns with China, Evergrande, and possible contagion, the markets are also grappling with Wednesday’s Fed meeting. In what was likely a purposeful leak last week, the WSJ laid the groundwork for a taper announcement Wednesday and the reduction in asset purchases in November. With the U.S. and foreign markets skidding yesterday some are asking how the Fed might react. In a Bloomberg interview, ex-New York Fed President, Bill Dudley, warns “They’re not going to react to small market moves and defer the tapering on that basis. They have to change their economic forecast,” he said Monday during an interview on Bloomberg Television with Lisa Abramowicz, Tom Keene and Jonathan Ferro. “At this point, it’s really premature to reach that conclusion.”

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Looking for the Next Big Crypto to Explode in 2021? Try These 5 Coins

Bitcoin (CCC:BTC-USD) launched on January 3, 2009. The oldest and largest cryptocurrency, prices of this coin have swung wildly since its inception. But…

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Bitcoin (CCC:BTC-USD) launched on January 3, 2009. The oldest and largest cryptocurrency, prices of this coin have swung wildly since its inception. But last year, Bitcoin experienced explosive institutional and retail interest in the space alongside the broader crypto world. Now thousands of altcoin investors are betting that they can pick the next crypto to explode.

Even though Bitcoin recently underwent a correction, trading volume remains strong between $42,000 and $50,000. Of course, that is very expensive, considering the median household income is $62,843 right now. Yes, you can invest in Bitcoin through PayPal (NASDAQ:PYPL) and Square (NYSE:SQ). But the crypto is still expensive when you compare it to several altcoins out there.

Plus, there are over 7,000 cryptocurrencies you can choose from for your portfolio. When it comes to making big gain, it’s easier for a coin to gain 100x if you’re starting from a smaller size, rather than chasing after a rocket that’s already taken off.

Here are 5 coins that could be the next big crypto to explode:

When investing in any crypto, remember to check if there is an inherent utility to the coin. Even cryptos meme coins need developers to crank out regular updates to stay relevant.

The Next Big Crypto to Explode: Ethereum (ETH-USD)

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Ethereum is a decentralized, blockchain-based software platform, and its cryptocurrency is called Ether or Ethereum. Ether is the world’s second-largest cryptocurrency and has held this position for a long time now. Recently, Ethereum has been in the news for its hard fork “London upgrade,” a major revamp for the platform. The hard fork comprises five Ethereum Improvement Proposals (EIPs). The upgrades are important, but the most notable is EIP 1559, which reduced Ether supply with every transaction.

In addition, the upgrade will lead to the Ethereum network handling more transactions per second, improving scalability, and bringing down transaction fees. Another major benefit is expected to decrease the total number of ether coins in circulation, making it a deflationary cryptocurrency. In the run-up to the upgrade, Ethereum did very well. However, considering the next upgrade will occur at the end of 2021, there is an upside here that you can exploit.

Binance Coin (BNB-USD)

A Binance Coin (BNB) sits in front of trading charts.Source: Shutterstock

Binance is one of the most successful crypto exchanges globally when ranked by trading volumes, which is why BNB, its native cryptocurrency, is soaring.

Much like Bitcoin, the thing to like about Binance Coin is the hard limit on the total number of tokens in circulation. It has a strict maximum limit of 200 million BNB tokens. As a result, the token price has risen exponentially for the year thus far.

Binance uses around one-fifth of its profits every quarter to eliminate or “burn” BNB tokens. The reason for destroying or “burning,” coins makes sense: it increases the worth of the remaining tokens.

One of the biggest reasons to be optimistic about Binance Coin is its many use cases. Initially, it was developed as a utility token for discounted trading fees in 2017. But now, you can use it to make travel payments, financial services, and entertainment, among others.

The driving force behind any token is its usability and that’s why BNB will be the next crypto to explode.

Tether (USDT-USD)

A concept token for the Tether (USDT) cryptocurrency.Source: DIAMOND VISUALS / Shutterstock.com

Stablecoins are a new breed of crypto gaining prominence. They are a less volatile alternative to Bitcoin because they are linked to an asset like the U.S. dollar, as is the case with Tether. The cryptocurrency allows you to transact in traditional currencies and avoid the complexities of digital currencies.

Tether is designed to bridge fiat currencies and cryptocurrencies, allowing users to transfer other cryptocurrencies back to U.S. dollars in a less complex, faster manner. Tether has a 1-to-1 ratio with the U.S. dollar for valuation.

Consequently, the altcoin is less speculative than popular cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum. For crypto investors who want to avoid the wild swings that are part and parcel of this space, Tether should be right up your alley as the next crypto to explode.

Monero (XMR)

XMR logoSource: Wit Olszewski / Shutterstock.com

Monero is very popular these days because it has the ability to anonymize users. Ring signatures and stealth addresses help in accomplishing this task. Due to the technology at its disposal, the privacy-focused Monero cab hides the identities of the sender and the receiver.

The only problem some might have with Monero’s approach is that privacy isn’t really an option. It enforces anonymity at a fundamental level. That may rub certain people the wrong way.

But there are several people out there who love this feature and want to protect their identity online since this was one of the main initial benefits of blockchain technology — to remain completely anonymous.

Algorand (ALGO-USD)

Algorand logo in light blue against a simple dark-colored, futuristic-looking backgroundSource: shutterstock.com/Shizume

Algorand investors have enjoyed blockbuster returns following an announcement that El Salvador would establish blockchain infrastructure using Algorand.

Italian computer scientist Silvio Micali is the man behind the platform. ALGO-USD has positioned itself as a competitor to Ethereum. One of the biggest things going for it is the proof-of-stake proofing algorithm, which is less energy-intensive to run. One of the main criticisms against Bitcoin is that it consumers a lot of energy. Through using a proof-of-stake mechanism, ALGO-USD sets itself apart from the rest of the altcoins out there.

On the publication date, Faizan Farooque did not have (either directly or indirectly) any positions in the securities mentioned in this article. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the writer, subject to the InvestorPlace.com Publishing Guidelines.

Faizan Farooque is a contributing author for InvestorPlace.com and numerous other financial sites. Faizan has several years of experience in analyzing the stock market and was a former data journalist at S&P Global Market Intelligence. His passion is to help the average investor make more informed decisions regarding their portfolio.

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