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Consumer Spending in November and December could grow as much as 11,5% and hit an all-time high

The times we are living in are far from «normal.» But we cannot blame an invisible virus for all that is happening right now. The question for retailers now is how this holiday season will look like?

Online spending on Black Friday 2021 decreased for the first time ever. According to Adobe Analytics, online shoppers spent a total of $8,9 billion, and that is down a little bit from last year’s $9 billion.

It can be many reasons for the dip, but Adobe believes it can be caused by an uptick in early spending, as some stores started sales and promotions as early as October. Shoppers are also being strategic in their gift shopping, buying much earlier in the season and being flexible about when they shop to make sure they get the best deals.

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Black Friday traffic in stores also dropped -28,3% from pre-pandemic levels. Cyber Monday did also have a bad day and dropped for the first time ever. Cyber Monday online sales drop -1,4% from last year to $10,7 billion.

Adobe expects the entire holiday season will see record-breaking e-commerce activity, as shoppers spread out their dollars over more days. Adobe anticipates digital sales from November 1st, to December 31st will hit $207 billion which would represent record gains of 10%.

FedEx forecasts Monday will be one of the highest volume e-commerce days of the 2021 holiday season as it prepares to deliver an estimated 100 million more packages than it did from Black Friday to Christmas in 2019.

According to National Retail Federation, the holiday season will be fine. Spending in November and December could grow as much as 11,5% compared with the same period a year ago. This is much higher than many retail analysts themselves had predicted.

Sales in November and December can hit an all-time high of between $834,4 billion and $859 billion. In other words; we`re on the path for a record holiday season. Omicron can destroy the holiday season, but it can also help.

Instead of taking a trip by plane to other places, consumers will spend their money on Target or Macy`s. That will boost consumer demand, helped by higher wages and inflation. A lockdown will increase online sales and put more pressure on FedEx. People want packages no matter what.

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Inflation soared to 4,2% in April of 2021

Inflation soared to 4,2% in April of 2021, and that`s a big jump from 2,6% in March. The stock market declined while the inflation rate came in well above market forecast of 3,6%, and this is the highest reading since September 2008.

The biggest increases were recorded for gasoline (49,6% vs 22,5% in March), fuel oil (37,3% vs 20,2%) and used car and trucks (21% vs 9,4%). It`s interesting to see the inflation slowed for food (2,4% vs 3,5%).

The jump in inflation is the highest in 13 years, and Wall Street sent the stock down on Wednesday in a broad market sell-off. Tech stock were hit hard as higher interest rates are threatening to undermine the valuations of those companies.

Nasdaq is down about -5% so far this week, but the European markets ended higher on Wednesday as stocks in Europe recovered from a global sell-off sparked by concerns that rising inflation will prompt central banks to tighten monetary policy sooner and more abruptly than expected.

Federal Reserve`s vice chair, Richard Clarida, had some dovish comments, and that helped calm nervous markets. He said that the twin shocks of a disappointing payroll report and higher inflation in April hadn`t changed the central bank`s view on maintaining its current ultra-accomodative policy.

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U.S steel production is booming due to Trump admin`s steel tariffs

Coalition For A Prosperous America chief economist Jeff Ferry said to Fox that the Trump administration`s tariffs have a positive impact on the steel industry. This is one of the reasons why Trump is so popular in the United States.

Jeff Ferry said; «…..even as some pundits and economists say America`s steel industry is in decline…… for those who understand the steel industry, it`s clear that the Trump administration`s steel tariffs have generated a boom in steel investment and a shift to newer technologies that are creating high-paying jobs for thousands of new steelworkers.

Steel prices last year were lower than they were in 2017, before Trump`s tariffs. Donald Trump and Wilbur Ross did this because they know the steel industry. They did it because they knew that Communist China subsidized the steel and dumped the prices.

This kind of protectionism is good for Communist China, but it made it difficult for the United States to compete, and this is exactly here where Trump`s «America First» agenda comes in. He protects the U.S steel industry, its workers, and America.

The U.S steel industry is healthy, and steel consumers are better off because they pay the same price for steel now as they did a few years ago. Before the tariffs. Now, the U.S steel industry can invest in new technology, and grow and meet their need much better than before.

This is the difference between Biden who has been in politics for the last 47 years and Trump who is one of the few to stand up against Communist China.

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The Chinese economy shrank 6,8 percent YoY in the first quarter of 2020 which is the first GDP contraction since records began in 1992

We are all in it toghether and the times we are living in right now is historic. Just take a look at China and the Chinese economy that shrank 6,8 percent YoY in the first quarter of 2020. What a drop! This is the first GDP contraction since records began in 1992. Wow.

The reason for the drop is well known; COVID-19. No doubt. Xi and the CCP took action after the virus outbreak and enforced a two-month-long shutdown of all non-essential business activity. Nor did they celebrate a new year, and a shutdown like this is of course very expensive.

Car production in China recorded the sharpest decline which dropped -44 percent. That is a big shock. Last year, approximately 21,36 million passenger cars and 4,36 million commercial vehicles had been produced in China.

The growth for passenger cars has jumped from 7 million in 2008 (financial crisis) to 25 million in 2017. In 2018, every fourth passenger vehicle in the world had been produced in China, and China is ranked first among countries with the largest production of passenger cars in 2018.

As you can see, the growth of the production and sale of vehicles in China have increased rapidly. Its interesting to see that almost all of the leading bestselling cars in China are the product of joint ventres with foreign manufacturers.

Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC) has an ongoing cooperation with General Motors (GM). SAIC-GM manufactures and sells Chevrolet, Buick and Cadillac brand automobiles in Mainland China. When the sales drop in China, so it does in the U.S.

Export from China also dropped 6,6 percent YoY to $185 billion in March 2020, compared with marked estimates of a 14 percent fall and after a 17 percent plunge in January-February combined amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Among the the biggest trade partners, exports fell to the U.S by -20,8 percent. Considering the first quarter of 2020, exports declined 13,3 percent from a year earlier.

However, China`s long term growth potential will not be affected by the short term fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, as the country`s economic fundamentals remain unchanged, the authorities said.

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Is this the end of the bull market?

The bull market is 11 years old on Monday, and it is the longest stretch of non stop gains ever. The sell off over the past 12 trading days means that the US stocks are on the edge of a bear market. Therefore; Tuesday will be a test.

If the market goes below 20%, the bull market will officially be over, and we are entering a bear market. After the Great Recession, the bull market started in March 2009. The S&P 500 has gone straight up since then.

The S&P 500 is up 339% and it has been a slow recovery. It`s similar to the recovery from the Great Depression in June 1932 were the S&P 500 skyrocketed 325%. At that time, it was the deepest recession in modern American history.

President Franklin Roosevelt supported the bull market with massive government spending. Later on, Roosevelt pulled back from the program and the Fed tightened its reserve ratios for banks. The economy didn`t recover as much as it should, and tighter monetary and fiscal policy led to a double-dip recession.

This is why the Fed is important now. So are the Trump administration. The Fed cut the rates 50 points only days ago and they will probably come up with more news about the market even this week.

The Fed offers Repo Market $50 Billion more to ease rate pressure. New York Fed Repo Totals $112,93 Billion and Fed`s move to tap liquidity operations will buy time on more rate cuts.

What they do now is great leadership on the world stage. They can`t stop the virus but they can make liquidity.

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