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On today’s show we discuss:
- Carmax earnings
- America’s love affair with pickup trucks
- Restaurant staffers are returning to work after Covid flight
- The homeownership society was a mistake
- Goldman’s misadventures on Main Street
- The leisure traveler – coming to the rescue of airlines everywhere
- Florida treasury divests from BlackRock
- Republicans’ ESG fight with Wall Street clashes in small-town Texas
- BlackRock faces further ESG backlash as Arizona and North Carolina pile on
Economists surveyed by @Bloomberg say there is a 70% chance the U.S. economy will fall into a recession next year … probability rose from 65% in November and is more than double what it was six months ago pic.twitter.com/FaWtWKSnZC
— Liz Ann Sonders (@LizAnnSonders) December 21, 2022
ETFs below their Covid lows: Cannabis, China, and Cathie pic.twitter.com/TkzSb9EP4K
— Athanasios Psarofagis (@psarofagis) December 21, 2022
The 2-Year Treasury is now well below the Fed Funds Rate (chart below).
This is the market telling the Fed to stop hiking.
Historically, a FFR-2YR inversion kicks off a chain reaction in fed policy and fixed income.
Quick thread on what history says is next. pic.twitter.com/lcW09upiPY
— Warren Pies (@WarrenPies) December 20, 2022
The core PCE index rose 3.6% in November on an annualized basis over the previous three months.
— Nick Timiraos (@NickTimiraos) December 23, 2022
Imagine you’re a 750+ credit score.
Now imagine you come to buy a car and I offer you 9% APR 🤢
I don’t need to say much more.
High rates are killing the car business right now.
— CarDealershipGuy (@GuyDealership) December 22, 2022
Carmax misses on top & bottom line.
CEO: "In response to the ongoing pressures across the used car industry…we are managing our business prudently & prioritizing initiatives that reduce costs, unlock operating efficiencies, profitably grow market share…"$KMX -13.3% PM pic.twitter.com/B2SYAhwRlY
— The Transcript (@TheTranscript_) December 22, 2022
US consumer confidence rose by more than forecast to the highest since April as inflation eased and gasoline prices dropped. https://t.co/JCg1YMqu9m via @markets @apgmonteiro @economics pic.twitter.com/d3zvEIRsfh
— Steve Matthews (@SteveMatthews12) December 21, 2022
The U.S. economy grew at a 3.2% annualized rate in Q3, up from the 2.9% rate estimated a month ago. https://t.co/qHGf5n47pp
— BEA News (@BEA_News) December 22, 2022
Using IRS tax records, researchers at the JCT and Federal Reserve found that the lowest-income earners saw earnings gains in 2021 while the top quintile saw declines — the opposite of what occurred after the recessions in 2001 and 2008 https://t.co/KQxSyRjlES pic.twitter.com/FFu9uQD595
— Nick Timiraos (@NickTimiraos) December 22, 2022
Just one of the 270 jobs in the 1950 census has been eliminated by automation… elevator operator.
Other jobs that were expected to be automated by tech, like bank tellers by ATMs, just shifted the nature of the job. Hopefully, AI follows this pattern. https://t.co/F7dGbApCyH pic.twitter.com/Ck5b0ae3eO
— Ethan Mollick (@emollick) December 20, 2022
Coinbase raised money in 2018 at an $8b valuation. It's currently trading at a $9b valuation. Meanwhile:
2018 Revenues: $520m
2022 Revenues: $3.3b
2018 Users: 22m
2022 Users: 101m
2018 Assets on Platform: $11b
2022 Assets on Platform: $101b
— Matt Hougan (@Matt_Hougan) December 20, 2022
#NEW U.S. home prices, as measured by the seasonally adjusted Case-Shiller, are -2.4% since June 2022.
That's the 2nd biggest home price correction of the post-WWII era.
It tops the -2.2% between May '90 and April '91, however, remains far below the -26% between '07 and '12.
— Lance Lambert (@NewsLambert) December 27, 2022
We bought our first house in FL in 07 and it got cut in half in about 2 years. We sold it a decade later for a loss and the one we bought seemed to double in value almost instantly. My opinion and anxiety around real estate are irrevocable at this point.
— Nate Clare (@nates_radio) December 21, 2022
Nearly 32% of U.S. home purchases were paid for in all cash in October—the highest share in eight years.
High mortgage rates are motivating affluent buyers to avoid loans and pay in cash, especially in Florida where all-cash purchases were most common. #Florida
— Redfin (@Redfin) December 21, 2022
Existing home sales have plunged over past year; November clocked in 28.4% y/y decline, which was worst since February 2008 pic.twitter.com/MKh5nkINK3
— Liz Ann Sonders (@LizAnnSonders) December 22, 2022
Rough year for growth software stocks. Even though they've executed well (C23 sales estimates RISING 14% this year), their prices are down more than slow growers where forecasts fell
Upshot: public comps for private growth co's that are *crushing* #'s point to marks down ~60% pic.twitter.com/oMmI6wWaCZ
— Chris Conforti (@Chris_Conforti) December 22, 2022
“Overall, households are entering 2023 with balance sheets at least as strong as pre-pandemic and by some metrics with more room to take on more debt” -Citi
— Gunjan Banerji (@GunjanJS) December 20, 2022
Vehicle Sales Forecast: "Sales to Weaken Again in December" https://t.co/Y6I8FZHz0T
The Wards forecast of 13.0 million SAAR, would be down 8% from last month, but up 2% from a year ago. pic.twitter.com/SAusDeCjeH
— Bill McBride (@calculatedrisk) December 22, 2022
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