Posts tagged: US
Houses and cars. They fatten the economy and thin our wallets. Without them, recoveries don’t feel like recoveries. The real estate and auto industries account for $1 in every $2 spent by the typical U.S. family, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Here’s your color wheel of spending…
So, the EU summit came up with a “new version” of the Maastricht Treaty. The new value of an acceptable budget deficit is 0.5% of the GDP (it used to be 3%). The “normative” level of the state debt remained unchanged and is 60% of the GDP (see the diagram below). If this level is reached, the country is required to take measures to decrease the debt to 1/20 a year. The mechanism for fining and redeeming the fines is still unclear, which is the most important.
The difference in investment business of the two countries is interesting. In Russia, if a broker-dealer or asset manager is registered in Moscow, s/he can advertise him/herself in any region and have clients all over the country. In the US, an investment bank or asset manager registered in one state has the right to promote him/herself in that state exclusively. To be able to promote themselves in other states as well as have clients there (over 5 per state), s/he is required to be registered in those states, in all 50 if need be! The procedure is simple, though the essence is trivial: fundraising. $300 USD annual fee per company per state, $15,000 USD in all states. A kind of pre-paid annual fee for the presence, though you have not done anything yet.
Are bankers and corporations really doing so badly? The US banks (as well as European) are lending at close to a 0% interest rate. They are bringing the money back to the FRS deposits and not to the economy, skimming the cream off the monetary policy. Today the banks’ margin as a percentage from their earnings beats the record while banks’ interest expenses have dropped to a historic minimum to almost zero rates. Read more »
While communicating with Forex traders, I have come to the conclusion that the success rate in this market is comparable to that of a casino: about 2% of traders earn regularly and live off this income, while around 8% are in the black but do not live off of it; winning and losing occasionally. In the end, about 90% lose and leave the market. Hail to the traders who “held out” in the market for over 5 years. They are among the extraordinary and the astute One trader who happens to be a businessman and one smart cookie, unfortunately lost everything, but decided to write a book on how to earn on the Forex. He proceeded to win back everything he had lost and even earned more There you go. Read more »
We are trying to clear up the contradictory picture created by the abundance of numbers published for better understanding the USA consumption dynamics.
Prior to analyzing the dynamics we must note that the cost of living in the US is growing, the Americans are spending more and more on necessaries. If you look at the share of food and electricity spendings, it was 17% of total spendings of the Americans in 2000 while it exceeded 22% at the end of 2011. Therefore, the growth of income is lagging behind the growth of food and das prices. This is especially true regarding the past year when real income of the population decreased (which will be elaborated below) while gas and food prices were high. Read more »