Category Archives: Elle’s Economy

2015-03-Faces-BannerTematica Chief Macro Strategist Lenore Hawkins provides regular insights and musings into today’s markets, economics and politics, while fighting for liberty with great wine & music, scores of stilettos and an excessive love of dogs

 

 


Weekly Wrap: Retail Spending Figures Have the Financial Media Giddy, 
But Just How Strong is the Consumer?

Weekly Wrap: Retail Spending Figures Have the Financial Media Giddy, 
But Just How Strong is the Consumer?

We continue to see signs of modest economic improvement, but when it comes to households in the U.S., improvements are not broadly shared. We are seeing signs of inflationary pressures in producer prices, but little in terms of wage price pressures. On the consumer side, the great deflationary force that is online and mobile consumer shopping continues to overpower any potential inflationary pressures. The push-pull of these dynamics bodes well for companies that are riding the tailwind of our Connected Society investing theme, while addressing pain points being felt by Cash-Strapped Consumers.

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Size Matters – When it Comes to Employment

Size Matters – When it Comes to Employment

I have written quite a few posts this week about our investing theme of the Cash-Strapped Consumer, sharing data that explains why so many are still struggling and how this economic pain point creates investing opportunities. Yesterday I showed how the growth in income since the financial crisis has been well below historical norms, which […]

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