Monday, July 27, 2009

The Myth of Consumer Over-Spending

Last week, I caught a few minutes of CNBC's morning program, Squawkbox, when a market strategist for, I believe, Citibank, Tobias Levkovich, made a clear and succinct statement regarding US consumer debt and spending.

Levkovich unequivocally stated that he had studied data over some longish period, perhaps the past 7-8 years, and concluded that the wealth created among consumers over that time vastly outweighed what had been borrowed against housing equity and on credit cards.

David Malpas, once the chief economist of Bear Stearns, is the only other prominent analyst to have noticed this.

Levkovich then addressed the many who consistently claim that US consumers simply 'used their houses as piggybanks,' and said they are wrong. That this is a myth and it's simply, clearly, wrong.

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