Thought of the week. Dec 10 2010

Last week Scott got a pleasant surprise when apart from the Saturday show he got a bit of extra time with Glenn on air late Sunday afternoon talking all things finance which was good.

The highlight:
Glenn: I got a new set of golf clubs for my wife
Scott: Great trade.

Glenn Stevens didnt put rates up no surprise there. However what was a surprise is that the Reject Shop downgraded its earnings for the financial year by 20% with lower exectations of Christmas good sales and key summer lines. What does this mean when the Reject Shop aren’t expecting a bumper season. It illustrates how tough Australians are finding it out there and the last rate rise is a killer.

Is the US consumer awakening from the slumber? ie spending/consuming?

The US consumer accounts for 70% of that economy.

  • Although consumers are still paying off debt, they are spending more. 
  • Obama has extended Bush’s tax cuts
  • Retail sales are improving, with October the best month in 7 months. Reports on Black Friday (so named as retailers return to the black), reported increased foot traffic and increased spend per transaction. The key now is the lead-up to Xmas shopping. Emptying shelves will lead to a further round of re-stocking post Xmas, boosting production. 
  • The National Retail Federation has forecast November – December holiday sales will rise by 2.3 percent from a year ago, the most since 2006. 
  • Good news all round there.

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Thought of the week:

Personal Finance New Year’s resolutions – Keep it simple. After all, the key to successfully achieving your goals is to make them achievable