By Graham Summers, MBA
Last week, I warned you not to trust the positive economic data being put out concerning the U.S. economy.
The reasons for my warning were simple: the data was bunk, made up, and of no real value.
By quick review, ALL of the jobs that were supposedly created in October 2022 were not real jobs; they were created in a government spreadsheet via various accounting gimmicks… not in the economy. And yes, I’m talking about all 261,000 of them.
The inflation data that everyone was so excited about last week was also NOT positive.
Month over Month inflation was 0% in July, 0.1% in August, and 0.4% in September. With that in mind, I ask… “how was a month over month reading of 0.4% in October a great thing? Technically the inflation data was BETTER during the summer!!!”
Moreover, the items that DECLINED in price… allowing the beancounters to make inflation look better than it is, were used cars and trucks, medical care, apparel, and airline fare.
By way of contrast, shelter, gas and food prices all increased.
Again… how is any of that good for the economy?
I realize it might be difficult to believe me here. After all, 99% of mainstream economists and financial media talking heads are saying the exact opposite: the economy is doing fine and inflation is coming down.
So, with that in mind, I ask you to take a look at the following data points. What do they tell you about the TRUE status of the U.S. economy?
· Juul lays off ~1/3rd of its workforce.
· Redfin lays off 13% of its staff.
· Meta to fire 13% of its workforce.
· Twitter lays off ~50% of its workforce.
· Snap lays off 20% of its employees.
· Wayfair: lays off 10% of its corporate team.
· Microsoft fires 1,000 workers.
· Disney to begin layoffs, targeted hiring freeze.
· Re/Max to fire 17% of its workforce.
· Compass to layoff 10% of its workforce.
Let’s be blunt here… corporations implement major layoffs like this during only one kind of economic environment: a recession.
And what impact do you think a recession is going to have on the stock market?
I’ll detail in tomorrow’s article. For now, the key item to note is that the Everything Bubble has burst.
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