Car Sales Have Cratered Since The Pandemic Began – Auto Industry Update

A dramatic drop in car sales, brought about by the historical rise in unemployment along with the economy seizing, collapsed the demand for both new and used autos coast to coast. Federal Reserve data, compiled by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, reported an average of around 17 million new vehicle sales each month for the past five years. …

Consumers Spending Much Less – Consumer Behavior

Recovery to the economy has become hinged on the ability of the American consumer to regain confidence and start spending again. What consumers spend on goods and services represents roughy 70% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The Commerce Department, which tracks what consumers spend money on and how much they spend each month, reported the largest monthly drop in Personal …

Increase In Income Data May Be Misleading – Government Statistics Review

Data released by the Commerce Department showed that consumer spending collapsed by a record 13.6% in April, the steepest drop since 1959. Stay home orders and store closures kept consumers from spending in addition to the sudden loss of jobs nationwide. What consumers spend in the economy represents over 70% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), a critical component to the …

Where Unemployment Is Hitting The Hardest – Labor Market Demographics

The nation’s unemployment rate skyrocketed to 14.7% in April, representing the largest percentage of unemployed workers since the great depression, when the rate reached 25% in 1933. The pandemic’s affect on the labor force has been extensive and rapid, resulting in a dramatic increase in the unemployment rate. What has truly made this spike in unemployment unique is the fact …

States Lose Valuable Tax Revenue – Municipalities Update

States and local government entities are struggling with a dramatic and rapid drop in tax revenues following business closures and quarantines that were set into place nearly three months ago. Stay at home mandates forced consumers to abandon retail shopping, dining out, and visiting hair salons leading numerous small businesses to close doors and layoff employees. The result has been …

Some Government Stimulus Payments Sent As Debit Cards – Fiscal Stimulus Update

Some Government Stimulus Payments Sent As Debit Cards – Fiscal Stimulus Update The IRS reported that roughly 4 million Americans would receive their stimulus payments as a debit card rather than a check or direct deposit. The CAREs Act appropriated $2.2 trillion for Americans in order to bolster economic activity and provide stimulus to combat the effects of the pandemic. …

How Inflation May Eventually Return – Consumer Sentiment

The past 30 years brought upon the onset of globalization, maximizing comparative advantage of countries globally by allowing the production and export of inexpensive products. China’s inclusion into the WTO in 2001 has since allowed the country to manufacture and export products around the world in mass quantities. Globalization is now in danger of retracting, as trade fears among countries …

How The Housing Market Is Being Affected – Housing Update

A drop in mortgage rates to near historic lows has not been enough to offset a decline in demand for homebuyers. The ongoing travel and socialization restrictions are inhibiting would be home shoppers from viewing and buying properties. Of the various factors influencing the housing market, employment is the most significant. No matter how low mortgage rates are, if someone …

Rates Stabilize Due To Stimulus – Fixed Income Update

The Fed pledged its continued support for the economy in the form of fixed income purchases including government bonds, mortgages, and various ETFs. The Fed also resorted to buying junk bonds in the open market, as well as continuing to buy unlimited amounts of U.S. government bonds and mortgage backed securities. Lending facilities were also extended to corporations and municipalities …

Oil Prices Drop Below $0 In April – Oil Industry Update

Oil’s plunge in April was of historic proportion, falling below $0 per barrel for the first time ever in history. The collapse in U.S. oil prices, as tracked by WTI, fell as storage for crude oil became nearly completely unavailable worldwide. The economy may have an indirect boost with the price of gasoline expected to drop to new lows as …

Typical Scams Surrounding Coronavirus – Consumer Awareness

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) posted a handful of identified scams circulating throughout the country as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Scammers are exploiting consumer fears and paranoia by targeting wary victims via email, phone, and text messages. Below are various scams to be aware of and what to do: Don’t respond to texts, emails or calls about checks …

Why Small Businesses Are So Important To The Economy

The country is composed of millions of small businesses from home-based one person consultants to hair salons and manufacturing companies. As defined by the SBA’s Office of Advocacy, a small business has less than 500 employees and operates independently, not under the control of another entity. As of 2018, the SBA acknowledged that there were 30.2 million small businesses in …

Oil Has Worst Month In Years – Energy Sector Update

Extreme volatility appeared in the oil markets as prices fell to their lowest levels since 2002, tumbling to $20.37 (WTI) in mid-March, then rebounding 25% on March 19th, the largest one day rise in oil’s history. Prices collapsed when Russia and Saudi Arabia signaled an increase in production as demand fell worldwide due to the virus outbreak. Saudi Arabia and …

$2.2 Trillion Stimulus Plan Highlights For Individuals & Small Businesses

The passage of the $2.2 trillion stimulus plan, known as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (Cares Act), provides critical funds to various sectors of the economy in the form of payments, tax breaks, loans, and subsidies to individuals and small businesses nationwide. As the largest economic relief package in U.S. history, the $2.2 trillion stimulus plan equates …

Equities Technically End Eleven Year Bull Market Run

– Domestic Stock Market Overview Equity markets experienced volatility in March not seen since the 1930s, with daily declines so sharp that rarely-used mechanisms to halt trading were activated by the exchanges on multiple occasions. The S&P 500 Index saw an average daily change of 5.2% in March, the most extreme volatility since November 1929. Stocks fell into bear market …

Nearly 10 Million Claim Unemployment In Just Two Weeks

The sudden loss of jobs and mass layoffs by businesses nationwide has brought about the single largest increase in unemployment claims in the country’s history. What should have been another average week for unemployment claims of roughy 243,000 based over the past five years, turned into 3.28 million people applying for unemployment for the week ending March 21st, and another …

Coronavirus Affect On The Markets, Economies & Commerce – Global Commerce

Global trade has been hindered by U.S. China trade disputes for the past two years, but the virus outbreak has nearly stalled all trade between China and its trading partners. Production delays resulting from the virus are expected to affect company earnings across a host of various industries. The disruption of established supply chains has created havoc for companies trying …

U.S. Household Size Shrinks – Demographics

Family size is shrinking in the U.S., with only 2.52 members per household on average in 2019, making it the smallest size ever in the country’s history. Historical data tracked by the U.S. Census Bureau showed an average family size of 5 in 1880, double by today’s standards. The decline in family size is believed to be attributable to various …

Americans Saving More – Consumer Finance

The most recent data from the Federal Reserve identified an increase in the savings rate to 7.7% of disposable personal income as of December 2019. Some economists view this increase as a possible pause in economic growth until consumers feel more confident about spending. The Federal Reserve defines the personal savings rate as a percentage of disposable personal income (DPI), frequently …