Consumer Demand is Not the Whole Picture

See if you can spot what’s missing:

Businesses aren’t investing in the United States because of a lack of consumer demand, International Paper CEO John Faraci said Friday.

“I think this was all about consumer spending and demand. You know, the problem we have is there’s inadequate demand to create jobs. We know how . . . → Read More: Consumer Demand is Not the Whole Picture

The Variable Rate Bond that keeps on maturing

So…  I just don’t have it in me to go though the history of all of this.  But if you recall the miasmic variable rate bond the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority had out there and thought maybe it was all resolved merely because it has not been in the news of late…  well…

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Student of the physical market - demand doesn't drive the gold price

Eric Sprott and David Baker has a new article out discussing central bank buying of gold and particularly China. I agree with his conclusion that this is an important demand side shift in the market but then Sprott plays it up way too much with statements like:

“… there isn’t a physical market on . . . → Read More: Student of the physical market – demand doesn’t drive the gold price

Economic Events on April 30, 2012

At 8:30 AM Eastern time, the monthly Personal Income and Outlays report for March will be released. The consensus for Personal Income is an increase of 0.3% over the previous month and the consensus Consumer Spending index change is an increase of 0.4%.

At 9:45 AM Eastern time, the Chicago PMI Index for April . . . → Read More: Economic Events on April 30, 2012