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A Look Back Before We Look Ahead
The Juice promised we would keep you updated. And that’s just what we’re about to do.
Scroll with us, as we update the above-mentioned numbers and throw a couple more equally as scary ones into the mix.
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A Scary Story Keeps Getting Scarier
How do things look on debt and savings a few months later?
The pace of credit card spending has slowed, however it’s still robust and growing at a fast clip. While consumers are keeping up with their credit card bills, The Juice thinks it might just be a matter of time before they run into trouble.
Here’s why – inflation accounts for most of the spending increases we’re seeing among consumers. We’re seeing more spending on necessities and less in discretionary categories, like electronics and general merchandise, as evidenced by recent 2002 earnings warnings from Best Buy (BBY) and Walmart (WMT). To top it off, personal income isn’t growing as quickly as these increased expenditures on the basics.
It’s important to take personal income into account here. It only grew by 0.6% between May and June.
On the spending side, between May and June, US households spent 1.6% more on goods, 0.8% more on services, and 1.7% more on personal interest payments, such as mortgage interest.
It doesn’t take a mathematician with a minor in rocket science to conclude that things are tight in more than a few households.
Further Evidence From Mastercard
In Q2, Mastercard (MA) reports that US credit card spending soared 25%. While the company attributed some of this to increased spending on travel, it also offered a mixed picture of the American consumer:
In the U.S., what you are seeing is good strength across both, but a declining trend in terms of the growth rates on the lower income side of things. Affluent spend continues to be very healthy and carries on in a very nice way.
Visa basically said the same on its recent earnings call.
The Bottom Line: Here’s the million – or billion, or trillion – dollar question: Will the affluent continue to prop up an economy on the brink of a full-blown recession?
While nobody knows what the ultimate answer will be, The Juice continues to follow the numbers. With each blurb of data, the picture becomes more clear.
The affluent remain strong – taking trips and spending money on things they don’t need. Meantime, lower income earners have focused their spending on necessities – out of necessity – and might be increasingly turning to credit cards to do so.
If the bottom falls out on the relatively poor, all hell doesn’t necessarily have to break loose. Wealthy consumers can – to some extent – carry the economy on their backs, as they appear to be doing in the housing market.
If this potentially best case scenario plays out, it could be good for companies such as Visa and Mastercard, meaning they might deserve a place in your long-term portfolio.
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